Santa’s Rock N Lights is a drive-thru gentle present on the Brown County Fairgrounds in De Pere. It will open Nov. 20. (Photo: Kendra Meinert/USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)
DE PERE – Santa’s Rock N Lights has added dinosaurs and peacocks for its return to the Brown County Fairgrounds this vacation season.
The drive-thru attraction that units up in a number of states visited for the first time in 2019 with approximately 100,000 animated lights on metal frames programmed to Christmas music guests listen to on their car radio as they travel a route just shy of a mile.
This year’s display will feature nearly double the lights and the addition of 20-foot tall dinosaurs and 20-foot-wide peacocks. A longer route has more than 700 feet of lighted tunnels, including a new “techno rainbow tunnel,” and a re-imagined layout with Santa-, reindeer- and dancing trees-themed worlds.
Santa’s Rock N Lights will open Nov. 20 and run nightly through Jan. 3 at the fairgrounds, 1500 Fort Howard Ave. Hours are 4:50 to 9 p.m. Sunday to Thursday and 4:50 to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Special hours the week of Christmas are 4:50 to 10 p.m. Dec. 23-24, 4:50 to 9 p.m. Dec. 25 and 4:50 to 10 p.m. Dec. 26-27.
Tickets go on sale Tuesday and must be purchased for a specific day in advance at santasrocknlights.com; no on-site ticket sales.
Cost per car is not listed on the event website, and organizers did not immediately respond to an email request for prices.
Admission is good for one vehicle with up to six people. Additional passengers cost $5 each. Anyone older than 5 must have a ticket.
The event will also be in Urbandale, Iowa; Lincoln, Nebraska; and Grayslake, Illinois.
The walk-through caterpillar is a favorite with visitors to Garden of Lights. The structure, a popular stop for photos, gets moved to a different location at Green Bay Botanical Garden each year. (Photo: USA TODAY NETWORK-Wisconsin)
Garden of Lights adding two nights, three new light features
Green Bay Botanical Garden’s annual WPS Garden of Lights is expanding this year to include an additional two nights. It will run Thursday through Sunday Nov. 27-Dec. 20, Dec. 26-30 and Jan. 1-2.
Visitors who want to stroll through nature-inspired displays of more than 300,000 lights will need to purchase advance tickets online for a specific date and time, as attendance will be limited each night due to coronavirus safety protocols.
This year’s displays will boast three new light features, in addition to such favorites as the Icicle Forest, a 50-foot Christmas tree and 60-foot walk-through caterpillar, over 1½ miles of pathways. The popular attraction is in its 24th year and in previous years has drawn 75,000 people. It is the garden’s main fundraiser of the year.
Green Bay Botanical Garden plans to announce details for the 2020 version of WPS Garden of Lights next week at gbbg.org, with tickets going on sale to the public in early November.
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