Light Up Your Holidays

By Jessica Longstreth | Photo courtesy City of Sun Prairie

Holiday lights are the perfect thing to brighten winter spirits. Decked-out fire trucks parade through streets, Santa waves hello and trees are lit. Bundle up the kids and come see some of the region’s best holiday extravaganzas.

DOWNTOWN BARABOO CHRISTMAS LIGHT PARADE

Grab a hot drink at one of the local shops, then set up camp in your folding chairs and blankets and watch luminous floats, reindeer, horses and a marching band pass by in downtown Baraboo’s Christmas Light Parade Nov 17.  downtownbaraboo.com.

SUN PRAIRIE HOLIDAY TREE LIGHTING AND FIRE TRUCK PARADE

For little ones particularly enamored with fire trucks choose Sun Prairie’s Fire Truck Parade on Nov 23. After cruising down Main Street, the trucks park, and Santa steps out to light the holiday tree. travelwisconsin.com/events/fairs-festivals.

STOUGHTON VICTORIAN HOLIDAY WEEKEND

This Victorian-themed weekend, Nov. 29-Dec. 2 is jam packed with holiday cheer. Check out “The Nutcracker,” Stoughton Village Players Open House or the Madrigal Singers in “Music on the Mezz.” Stay cozy with horse-drawn carriage rides and enjoy warm drinks and food at the Winter Artisan Market. Bake sales, a cookie walk and holiday gala support local charities. stoughtonwi.com.

OLD FASHIONED CHRISTMAS IN EVANSVILLE

If you’re looking for nostalgia, head to Evansville Nov. 16-17. Friday night offers carriage rides, s’mores, mini horses and carolers. On Saturday, Santa dazzles, riding in on a fire truck. Hop aboard a real fire truck yourself and ride around town or stroll by local stores decked out in the holiday spirit. evansvillechamber.org.