By: Sara Walters

With 4 million lights and hundreds of thousands of visitors, The Rotary Lights is an impressively-large holiday display held annually in downtown La Crosse. Here are five things you should know before you go.

Walk or drive

Wisconsin weather is unpredictable, but don’t worry about making the trip to La Crosse even if it’s not exactly warm. You can always drive through the lights if you’re not interested in bundling up for a walk. Turn your radio to the Christmas channel and join the caravan of onlookers from the comfort of your car.

Transportation options

Speaking of rides, you can also view the lights via carriage. Horse-drawn carriages are available most weekends for those hoping to snuggle up and take in the sights. Carriage rides are $20-$30 but if you’re looking for a free option, there are family hayrides on select nights, as well.

Not just lights

Did you know you can see Santa and his reindeer at The Rotary Lights? Santa shows up nightly from 5-8pm until December 23rd, so bring the kiddos to get those Christmas requests in to the big man. Take a peek at his reindeer while you wait at his workshop.

Skate outside

A more recent addition to the event, the Chad Erickson Ice Rink allows visitors to skate in the glow of the lights. Depending on weather (freezing temps required), the rink has nightly hours and rental skates available.

Free fun

Put on each year free of charge, The Rotary Lights asks only for donations to view its spectacular display. Monetary donations or non-perishable food items are encouraged.

Details

Riverside Park

410 Veteran Memorial Drive, La Crosse Wisconsin

November 23, 2018 – December 31, 2018
5-10pm daily

Holiday Hours
Christmas Eve – 5-9pm
Christmas Day – 5-9pm

New Year’s Eve – 5pm-1am

More information http://www.rotarylights.org/

Disclaimer: This is just my perspective on La Crosse County events, businesses and activities. I’m only one local opinion. Explore the rest of the site to learn more on those that I’ve missed.

Sara Walters

Writer

Sara Walters is a writer, mom and marketing professional. She lives in La Crescent, MN with her husband and two daughters, Caroline and Maggie. Visit Sara’s website at creativecontentandconsulting.com.

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