WPS Garden of Lights: 20+ Years of Lighting Up the Green Bay Botanical Garden

Christmas Lights in Green Bay
Photo Courtesy of Green Bay Botanical Gardens & Amenson Studio

While the flowers hibernate, this intimate walk through the Garden gives you the chance to create extra special memories with your friends and family that you’ll cherish for years to come. After seeing the outdoor sights like our enchanted icicle forest, our veggie tails garden patch or our fan-favorite 60-foot walk-through caterpillar, head on inside the Fischer Visitor Center to warm up with some hot cocoa and other snacks. Additional activities inside include our natural holiday trees, letters to Santa, a trip to the WPS Trellis Gift Shop, and more!

COVID-19 Precautions

  • Dated and timed entry tickets must be purchased in advance.
  • Capacity limited per night with entrance times staggered over a 4.5 hour period to limit gatherings in enclosed spaces.
  • Parking available on-site and overflow parking within walking distance so guests do not have to ride shuttle buses in close contact with others.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the Garden.
  • Bathrooms and high touchpoints will be sanitized every hour.
  • Face coverings are strongly recommended for all guests in Garden buildings (ages 2 and up) and outdoors when physical distancing isn’t possible (subject to change).
  • Limited seating on horse-drawn wagon rides. Up to 10 guests per wagon (grouped by household). Face coverings required while on the wagon.
  • One–way entry and exit points.
  • COVID-19 Policy: If you have COVID–19 symptoms, or someone in my household tested positive for COVID–19, or you or someone in your household is waiting on test results, and it is less than 72 hours before my event night, please do not attend the event. Please email the Garden at info@gbbg.org to receive special access to reschedule your tickets online for when you can safely attend based on your doctor’s guidance.

Special Features of WPS Garden of Lights

  • Butterflies in Motion
  • Icicle Forest
  • Glistening Flowers
  • The area’s tallest and brightest tree
  • 60-foot walkthrough caterpillar
  • Model train exhibit from the G-Gagers Train Club
  • Campfire to warm up around
  • Holiday gifts to be found in the WPS Trellis Gift Shop
  • Natural Christmas tree featuring decorations made by volunteers and staff from plant materials that are grown and collected from the Garden.

Will Santa be at the Garden of Lights?

  • Santa: Santa will not be at WPS Garden of Lights for 2020
    • Photos with Santa will still be available at Ambrosius Studios (2851 S. Packerland Drive) during WPS Garden of Lights event nights by advanced appointment only. Call 920-494-2294 to make your advanced, timed entry appointment.
  • Letters to Santa: Every night before Christmas from 4:30 – 9 pm.
    • Bring your letters to Santa to place in his North Pole Mailbox.

Things to know before you go!

WPS Garden of Lights glows on Thursday through Sunday starting November 27, 2020, and continuing through December 20, 2020, and continuing December 26-30, 2020 and January 1-2, 2021 from 4:30 to 9 pm.

The display is closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve.

You have 30 minutes to arrive after your selected entry time. Entry times are every 30 minutes beginning at 4:30 pm with the last entry at 8:30 pm. Doors close at 9 pm.

How much is admission?

Tickets must be purchased before online and recommended to purchase early for best availability. All tickets are for a specific time and date. Prices range from $5-$13 for children ages 2 – 12, and $12 – $20 for adulds and an additional service fee of $3 online for non members. Children 2 and under are free.

Ticket Options

  • Walking Tour Value Nights – Lowest ticket price option for a self paced, walking tour through the garden.
  • Peak Nights – Self paced, walking tour through the garden. Generally high traffic nights on the weekends.
  • Wagon Rides – The horse-drawn wagon tour begins on the lower mulched portion of the light displays. It is recommended to by 8 pm to allow enough time to experience the upper paved portion of the light displays which is walking. The horse-drawn wagon fits up to 10 passengers with members from the same household grouped. The last wagon right is at 7:30 pm.
    • Face coverings are strongly recommended on wagon rides.

How long should we plan to be at WPS Garden of Lights?

Spend as much time as your family would like, but typically the walking tour takes about 30-45 minutes and it covers just under a mile of walking paths. The wagon tours are from 5 – 7 pm (arrive by 6:30 pm) and last about 10-15 minutes. Plan to arrive at least an hour before closing to have enough time to enjoy the experience.

When is the best time to visit?

The number of visitors increases on warmer winter nights and on Saturday evenings. Visitation tends to peak between 5:30 – 7:30 pm. Visitation is lighter on opening weekend, Thursday evenings, early Friday evenings and Sunday evenings (Green Bay Packers afternoon and evening games). Please remember the Garden is closed Monday through Wednesday, as well as December 24-25 and December 31, 2021.

Purchase a glowing daisy necklace (or bring your’s from last year) for an immersive experience. $12 in advance with your online ticket purchase or $15 at the door.

Other Useful Information

  • Pet Policy
    • Service animals are welcome, but please leave pets and Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) at home.
  • Weather Policy
    • WPS Garden of Lights closes for extreme inclement weather. Notices will be posted to their website, Facebook page, and local news and radio stations. The Garden is open if it is simply snowing.
  • Parking 
    • Parking is free and available on-site on a first-come, first-served basis. Overflow parking is within walking distance so guests do not have to ride shuttle buses in close contact with others.
    • Accessible parking is available inside the Garden’s main parking lot. You must show your disabled parking identification permit to event volunteers to enter the lot.
  • No carry-ins of food or beverages are allowed.
    • A variety of food and beverages are available in the Winterberry Café and Concessions Building including: hot dogs, nachos, cookies, popcorn, candy bars, trail mix, chips, gummi bears, hot chocolate, apple cider, coffee, tea, water, soda, beer, wine and shots such as Peppermint Schnapps or Baileys to compliment a hot beverage. Please bring ID for the purchase of alcoholic beverages.
  • Accessibility
    • The paths in the upper Gardens are paved, shoveled and salted and should be accessible to wheelchairs, walkers, strollers and pull-along wagons. The lower mulched path is difficult to navigate and not recommended for wheelchairs and walkers. Horse-drawn wagon rides are typically available on a first-come, first-served basis. Golf cart rides from the building to the horse-drawn wagons are available for those unable to walk down the mulch where the wagons begin. There are three large steps up into the horse-drawn wagon. Please bring someone to assist you in getting onto the horse-drawn wagon. There are no motorized scooters or wheelchairs available at the Garden. Families walking with small children should bring a large wheeled stroller or pull along wagon.
    • Suggestions for those with limited mobility.
      • Prearrange a date with the Garden so parking volunteers and staff can help accommodate your group by calling (920) 490-9457.
      • Purchase your tickets in advance at the Garden or online.
      • Choose a Thursday when WPS Garden of Lights experiences less foot traffic.
      • There are some steps, inclines, mulch, snow, salt, and puddles.
  • Photography Tips
    • Turn off the flash!
    • Shoot at twilight for better exposures
    • Steady your camera to avoid blurry photos
    • Visit earlier in the evening or on Thursday nights to avoid crowds
    • Dress warmly and wear gloves

For more information visit gbbg.org.

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