If you’re landing here, you may be wondering what a graphic designer and christmas lights have in common… They’re both visual forms of creativity and I’ve always happy to spread cheer, regardless of the time of year.

Driving around during the holiday season is one of my favorite things to do. While winter is something I dread every year, the holiday lights always light up my spirits!

Last year, my fiance and I found this (outdated) list, of homes decorated for the holidays. We went on a road trip around Madison and explored homes lit up with Christmas merriment. I underestimated how fun it would be to drive around, listen to holiday tunes, and sip a thermos of hot cocoa. 2019 was our first year of this new tradition… Who knew that 2020 would bring new ventures that would require socially distanced holiday fun.

I thought it would be so fun to gather an up-to-date list of some of the most special light displays in Madison, Wisconsin. AND as a bonus to you, we’ve created an extra fun activity for you to print off and bring along on the journey. At the end of our post, we’re sharing a scavenger hunt I put together, with some of the things you’ll see while you’re on your holiday drive. Some of them are easy, but beware, there may be some tricky ones too!

There are 3 parts to this post:

  1. Holiday lights (with maps) for each region of Madison.
  2. The top ten homes if you want to see the highlight reel.
  3. FREE Scavenger Hunt to print and take along on your ride.

Let’s dive in!

 

Colony Drive

Light on Colony Drive, Listed below in our North West segment Photo by JS Online of: https://madison.com/wsj/news/local/christmas-light-tourists-dont-want-to-miss-colony-drive-display/article_3a8c2287-c1db-5faa-bf24-56459b867810.html

 

 

Madison Christmas Lights by Region

Stay tuned as we add more light displays to our list!

The lights have been divided into different areas of Dane, County. To make your light tour even easier, I’ve made a google map for each route. The link can be found at the bottom of each table. Disclaimer: Some lights are set to specific times, for best viewing, I would recommend visiting between 5-9pm.

** Asterisks note our favorite homes we don’t want you to miss!

Downtown/Central Madison

5110 Regent St., Madison 2218 Center Ave., Madison
University Avenue at University Bay Drive, Madison 2109 E. Dayton St., Madison
2101 Jefferson St., Madison ** 2550 Upham St., Madison
910 Whittier St., Madison ** 2926 Sachs St, Madison
Olin Park Holiday in Lights, 1156 Olin-Turville Court, Madison 907 Progressive Lane, Monona
Click here for our pre-planned map for central Madison Christmas lights: https://goo.gl/maps/vHubzMFN6i6Ry4BP7

 

North West – Middleton & Waunakee

3736 Cardinal Point Trail 102 Winston Way, Waunakee, WI 53597
** 9018 Settlers Road, Middleton 802 S. Century Ave., Waunakee
** 7006 Colony Drive, Madison (More info) 410 E Main St, Waunakee, WI 53597
7618 W. Hampstead Court, Middleton
** 1808 Dover Drive Waunakee (Light show info/hours)
3719 Spring Hill Drive, Middleton
View or map for the Middleton/Waunakee Area: https://goo.gl/maps/AFFW6aucMpWhAzV96

 


South West Madison – Fitchburg & Verona Area

1025 S. Whitney Way, Madison 5 Laredo Ct, Madison
3262 S High Point Rd, Madison, WI 53719 9 Hartford Ct, Madison
9032 Ancient Oak Ln, Verona, Wisconsin 6048 McKee Rd, Fitchburg
729 Fairview Terrace, Verona, WI 53592 (Light show info/hours) Almost made the top ten! 2984 Cassidy Ct, Fitchburg (Almost made the top ten!)
802 Whalen Rd, Verona, WI 53593 ***2700 Marledge St. Fitchburg, WI Be sure to see their view from Lacy Road too!
Link to our route for Southwest Madison, including the Fitchrona Area: https://goo.gl/maps/aRhf8xWjY3wspKWKA

 


South East –  Cottage Grove & Oregon Areas

102 Crystal Lane, Madison 88.1 (Almost made the top ten!) 749 Willow Run Street, Cottage Grove
6202 Sharpsburg Drive, Madison 2136 Colladay Point Dr, Stoughton
** 4289 Dicky Ln, Madison 1220 S. 4th. St. Stoughton
4281 Vilas Hope Dr., Cottage Grove ** 324 S 6th St, Stoughton (more info / hours)
3015 Pheasant Run, Cottage Grove 314 N Oak Street, Oregon
Use Our Pre-planned Map Here: https://goo.gl/maps/4yBVbeZq74QH8sqx6

North East – Sun Prairie Area

2962 Bailey Rd, Sun Prairie 1091 Tara Dr, Sun Prairie
306 Windsor St, Sun Prairie
** 1816 Carrington Dr, Sun Prairie
945 Jerico Ln, Sun Prairie ** 3784 Token Rd, DeForest
1425 St Albert the Great Dr, Sun Prairie
View our map for the Northeast section of holiday lights: https://goo.gl/maps/bES7h2Vn4MPQgQki9

 


Looking to visit the top ten homes?

Here’s a map with our favorites: https://goo.gl/maps/GqLFyetoYdtZBWEv7

 

 

The annual University Avenue Holiday Lights (Courtesy the Krammer Family Foundation)

Annual holiday lights along University Avenue on our Central Madison Segment. Photo from WMTV: https://www.nbc15.com/content/news/Annual-holiday-lights-along-University-Avenue-about-to-turn-on-563661281.html

Here’s a list of the public displays in our area (also in regional maps).

Fantasy in Lights – Olin Park – Turville Drive

Waunakee – 2020 Rotary In Lights – 410 E. Main Street

Janesville Rotary Gardens – Holiday Light Show (Not on our maps, but VERY cool if you’re up for the drive!)

Note: Zoo Lights are closed this year

 


 

Download your free scavenger hunt here!

 

 


We’d love to hear from you! Is there an incredible holiday display we missed? What’s your favorite display on the list?

Did you find all the scavenger hunt items? What was the hardest thing to find?

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