My family and I had a peek at the Making Spirits Bright light display at Evergreen Park in Sheboygan, WI by participating in the Annual Holiday Lights Hunger Run/Walk in 2020. The light display, which is normally drive-through only, opens the gates to runners and walkers for this event. My daughter was enchanted by the strings of white lights hanging from the trees, as she danced around them. My husband and I, however, were more intrigued by the “major award” as we enjoyed the warm glow of a giant leg lamp during our walk.
If you didn’t have the opportunity to go to the run/walk, you still have plenty of time to drive through the free display from the day after Thanksgiving through December 31st, from 5 to 9 pm. The display features many animated and still light displays, set to music. There’s a gingerbread house, igloos, nutcrackers, elves, penguins, a narwhal, the abominable snowman and many more beautiful lights! As visitors drive through the mile-long display, they can tune their radios to 98.1 FM to listen to the festive, holiday music to which the light display is choreographed.
On the weekends the Quarryview Center, right across the street from Evergreen Park, is open for visits with Santa. Bring your own camera or smartphone to take photos with Santa Claus in front of a festive background. At the Quarryview Center visitors can also enjoy live entertainment, concessions and trolley rides.
Making Spirits Bright began as a service project amongst several Sheboygan County Rotary clubs. The goal was to provide a family-friendly event for the community and to collect donations for local food pantries at the same time. The event is free, but cash donations or donations to the food pantry are strongly encouraged and taken at the end of your drive through the park.
To help with planning your trip to Making Spirits Bright, here are some things to know:
- The display is open November 26th through December 31st, but closed on Christmas Eve.
- The hours are 5 to 9 pm daily.
- There is no walking through the display; you must drive. There is no limit to how many passengers you may have in your vehicle. You may drive through the display as many times as you like.
- As you drive, tune to 98.1 FM to listen to the music.
- Admission is free, but donations are strongly encouraged. Donations of canned goods, hygiene products, and paper products are needed for the food pantry. Cash donations are also accepted.
- The Quarryview Center is open on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays. Bring a camera for photos with Santa Claus, drop a letter to Santa in the “Special Mailbox,” enjoy live entertainment, and purchase concessions.
- Trolley Rides are available on Fridays and Saturdays for $2.00 CASH per person.
- The display gets busy on some nights, so please be patient as you wait to enter the park.
- Check the Making Spirits Bright website and Facebook page for hours, donation needs, and other updates before taking your trip.
If you don’t want to travel to Sheboygan just for a light display, consider taking a Sheboygan Family Day Trip!