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.
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.
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.
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.
410 Veteran Memorial Drive, La Crosse Wisconsin
November 23, 2018 – December 31, 2018
Christmas Eve – 5-9pm
Christmas Day – 5-9pm
New Year’s Eve – 5pm-1am
More information http://www.rotarylights.org/
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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.c
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