We love how many amazing community light displays are just a short drive away. 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 16,000 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 20 years, over 110 tons of non-perishable food have been donated to those in need in the Oshkosh area working with the Salvation Army.
Enjoy the entire experience from your vehicle! Plan to navigate our mile of beautiful lights, wave to Santa, drop off your Santa letter, and enjoy the redesigned digital show at the end. Tune your radio to either Oshkosh Media (101.9 FM) or WRST (90.3 FM), depending on the night. Both stations will play holiday music for your drive through the park. At the end of the route enjoy two colorful musical animated pixel light displays.
Oshkosh Celebration of Lights Features
- 100 foot tree
- animated light displays
- sculptured displays
- Santa’s Workshop
- Elves’ Hideout with children’s activities
- Light Show synchronized to music at the end of the route
- Gift Shop (with its own entrance this year)
What to know before you go!
Admission – General Admission Per Carload
$10 a carload, $9 a carload with a donation (credit, debit or exact payment cash)
NEW for 2021: $1.00 off with donation of new, unopened personal care items. (Shampoo, deodorant, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes etc.) No food donations, please!
When is Santa there and is there an additional cost for visits?
Santa visits are FREE and included with admission. Santa’s Workshop is a drive-up, non-contact environment for socially distant visits from November 26 – December 23, 2021, from 5:30 – 8:30 pm. Christmas Eve, he will be out with his reindeer to deliver presents.
When does Oshkosh’s Celebration of Lights run?
The show kicks off November 26, 2021 – January 1, 2022. The light display runs daily from 5:30 – 9 pm.
Special Events & FREE Admission Nights
- Saturday, November 26, 2021: 5:30 – 9 pm
- Monday, November 29, 2021: 5:30 – 9 pm
- Friday, December 3, 2021: 5:30 – 9 pm: bring a new, unwrapped toy donation
- Sunday, December 5, 2021: 5:30 – 9 pm
- Tuesday, December 14, 2021: 5:30 – 9 pm
- Friday, December 17, 2021: 5:30 – 9 pm
- Saturday, December 25, 2021: 5:30 – 9 pm
Carriage Rides: Reservation ONLY
All carriage rides must be signed up and paid for in advance. The cost is $70 for four adults and two-lap children under age 4 and includes admission to drive through the park. Reservations can be made by calling 920-303-9200 or email a request for reservations to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Make a whole night of lights! Fill up on hot cocoa, popcorn, and candy canes and hit the road for a light tour on the way to and home from Oshkosh Celebration of Lights using our Giant Holiday Lights List with a handy interactive map to plan your route.
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