Since 2001 in Menominee Park in Oshkosh, a mile stretch along Lake Winnebago is illuminated with nearly 1 million lights creating holiday light displays from the end of November through New Year’s Eve. Every year, over 13,500 vehicles drive through the park to enjoy the lights. Oshkosh Celebration of Lights also supports the community by collecting food for organizations throughout the community. In the past 15 years, over 110 tons of non-perishable food have been donated to those in need in the Oshkosh area working with United Way.
Features of Oshkosh Celebration of Lights
- 100 foot tree
- animated light displays
- sculptured displays
- Santa’s Workshop
- Elves’ Hideout with children’s activities
What to know before you go!
Oshkosh Celebration of Lights is a drive through display.
Hours: 5:00 pm – 9:00 pm daily.
Admission: $8/carload, $7/carload with a non-perishable in-date canned food donation
Community Nights: Admissions sponsored by local organizations.
- Thursday, December 16: Sponsored by Fox Communities Credit Union. Toys for Tots collection night.
- Saturday, December 25: Sponsored by Oshkosh Area Community Foundation and Oshkosh Chamber of Commerce
Carriage Rides: $55 for four adults and two lap children under age 4 and includes admission to drive through the park. Run on December 11, 14, 18 & 21, departing every half hour starting at 6pm and ending at 8:30pm. Reservations must be made and paid for in advance by calling 920.303.9200.
Hay Rides: $5/per person, children under 4 are free and includes admission to drive through the park. Hayrides run December 15 & 22, departing every half hour starting at 6pm and ending at 8:30pm. Reservations must be made and paid for in advance by calling 920.303.9200
Night of the Torches: Friday, December 31 from 7pm-9pm. Hundreds of torches and Roman candles add dazzle to the Celebration of Lights.
Food Donations Benefit: Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services • Emmanuel United Church of Christ • Father Carr’s Place 2B • His Church World Outreach • Lutheran Food Pantry • Oshkosh Area Community Pantry • Oshkosh Area Humane Society • Oshkosh Zoological Society • The Salvation Army
Oshkosh Humane Society Night: Receive a $1 discount on car admission by making a donation to Oshkosh Human Society. Donation needs: dry cat or dog food, bleach, kitty litter, paper towels, pet treats, and pet toys.
Special Night: Friday December 31st benefits Day By Day Warming Shelter
Donation needs: Brown paper lunch bags, juice boxes, fruit cups/applesauce, granola/breakfast bars, personal hygiene items, hand and foot warmers.