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 coca and other snacks. Additional activities inside include our natural holiday trees, photos with Santa, letters to Santa, meet and greet with Mrs. Claus and her elves, a model train exhibit by the G-Gagers, a trip to the WPS Trellis Gift Shop and more!
Remember to explore our newest light display, Butterflies in Motion, and enjoy a butterfly experience in a way you never have before. Be amazed by more than 20,000 dazzling LED lights in the shapes of animated butterflies, chrysalises and caterpillars all while inside our blissfully lit up butterfly house!
To make your experience more enjoyable and reduce your wait in line, here are 2019 updates:
- We’re open on Thursday nights!
- Buy early and save! Purchase your tickets in advance at the Garden during normal business hours, Festival Foods or online.
- Additional horse-drawn wagons have been added to the start of the event. Wagon rides are now only available from 5 – 7 pm.
Special Features of WPS Garden of Lights
- 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.
Special Events during WPS Garden of Lights
- Family Nights: Thursdays, December 5, 12 & 19, 2019 from 5 – 9 pm
- Children 12 & under FREE with one paid adult.
- Meet and greet with Mrs. Claus, letters to Santa, face painting, and visit with Santa for photos from 5 – 9 pm.
- Photos with Santa: Every Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday before Christmas from 5 – 9 pm.
- Photos are taken by Ambrosius Studio. Photo packages start at $12.50.
- G-Gagers Train Club Display: A garden scale holiday model train exhibit every night.
- Face Painting: Free on Family Nights and December 26-30 from 5 – 9 pm.
- Letters to Santa with Mrs. Claus: Every Saturday before Christmas from 5:30 – 8 pm.
- Meet Mrs. Claus! Bring along or write a letter to Santa to place in his mailbox, then visit with two of Santa’s elves and receive a free candy cane.
Things to know before you go!
WPS Garden of Lights glows on Thursday through Sunday starting November 29, 2019 and continuing through December 22, 2019 and continuing December 26-30, 2019 from 5 to 9 pm.
The display is closed Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve.
How much is admission?
- Walking Tour Adults (13 & up): $10 Children (3-12): $5 Children (2 & under): Free
- Tickets purchased at the door are $2 more.
- Horse-Drawn Wagon Tour* Adults (13 & up): $15 Children (3-12): $10 Children (2 & under): Free *The Horse-Drawn Wagon Tour includes the Walking Tour.
- 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 20 passengers. Children are able to sit on their guardian’s lap. Wagon rides run from 5 – 7 pm. Wagons are available on a first-come, first-served basis and cannot be reserved. On Saturdays, there is usually is a line to get onto the wagon. We do our best to accommodate all wagon ride guests in a timely and safe manner and appreciate your patience. Wagon rides may end earlier on nights with a higher number of guests.
- Buy tickets ahead at Green Bay Botanical Garden’s admission desk in the Fischer Visitor Center and online at www.GBBG.org/lights AND Select Festival Foods locations including: Green Bay East & West, De Pere, Appleton, Darboy, Suamico, Manitowoc, Menasha, Neenah, Oshkosh, Sheboygan, and Fond du Lac.
- Tickets purchased ahead are good for any night that the WPS Garden of Lights runs. No reservations are necessary.
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 November 28 and December 24 & 25, 2019.
Other Useful Info
- Pet Policy
- Service animals are welcome, but please leave pets and Emotional Support Animals (ESAs) at home.
- Weather Policy
- Parking is FREE. Five shuttle buses take guests from NWTC lot F and G to the Garden. Follow the signs on Larsen Road or Country Club Road to the shuttle bus parking. The buses pick up and drop off in the same location at the Garden. Accessible parking is available at the Garden’s main lot by showing your parking permit to the volunteers at the gate. In the event that the parking is full in the main lot, there will be one accessible shuttle bus will run continuously each night.
- 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.
- 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, Festival Foods locations 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