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24th Annual WPS Garden of Lights Returns November 27

Published Tuesday, October 27, 2020

As temperatures cool and leaves fall to the ground, the holiday season is back again and it’s nearly time for Green Bay Botanical Garden’s biggest fundraiser of the year, our annual WPS Garden of Lights! Starting Friday, November 27, see this winter wonderland full of more than 300,000 lights shaped into spell-binding, nature-inspired light displays.

Our number one priority has been to enhance the light show experience while keeping guests, volunteers and staff safe during the COVID–19 pandemic. “This summer, 98% of our guests who were surveyed reported feeling safe while visiting the Garden with the measures we put in place,” says Susan Garot, Executive Director. “We’re confident in our ability to offer a safe, fun experience for everyone during our annual light show.”

All event decisions regarding guest, staff and volunteer safety have been made under the advisement of the Brown County Health Department.

We are implementing the following protocols to continue this safe experience:

  • Dated and timed entry tickets must be purchased in advance.
  • Capacity capped at 2,500 guests per night spread out over a 4-hour period to limit gatherings in enclosed spaces.
  • Parking available onsite and overflow parking within walking distance so guests do not have to ride shuttle buses in close contact with others.
  • Hand sanitizing stations are available throughout the Garden.
  • Bathrooms and high touch points will be sanitized every hour.
  • Face coverings are required in all Garden buildings (ages 2 and up) and outdoors when physical distancing isn’t possible.
  • Limited seating on horse-drawn wagon rides. Up to 10 guests per wagon (grouped by household). Face coverings are required on the wagon.
  • One-way entry and exit points.

 

While the flowers hibernate, this walk through the Garden gives you the chance to create extra special memories with your friends and family that you’ll cherish for years to come. You can even experience the light show in a whole new way with our dazzling Glowing Daisy Necklaces! You’ll see these light–up daisies dance in different colors as you walk through eight of our light displays including the Caterpillar and Icicle Forest. Necklaces are $12 in advance with your ticket purchase or $15 at the door.

You’ll also see a few new displays, including:

  • An illuminated winter wonderland in the Johnson Woodland Garden
  • A magnificent 60–ft. oak tree in the Arendt Conifer Garden that rotates through the four seasons
  • Multi–colored, glistening lights on trees in different areas of the Garden

 

After seeing these outdoor sights, stop inside the Fischer Visitor Center for a grab and go pre-packaged snack or beverage, drop off your letter to Santa or peek inside the WPS Trellis Gift Shop for some holiday shopping.

To learn more about Green Bay Botanical Garden and this beloved community event, please call 920.490.9457 or visit GBBG.org/Lights.

Dates & Times:

4:30–9 pm

Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays & Sundays November 27–November 29

December 3–6

December 10–13

December 17–20

Additional Dates: Saturday, December 26–Wednesday, December 30, January 1 & 2 Closed: November 26, December 24–25, 31

You have 30 minutes to arrive after your selected entry time. Entry times are every 30 minutes beginning at 4:30 pm with last entry at 8:30 pm (7:30 pm for wagon riders). Doors close at 9 pm.

Family Night: Sunday, November 29

Children 12 and under will get free walking admission with one paid adult walking reservation. All reservations, adult and children, will need to be made in advance due to limited capacity.

Children will also receive a free take home craft kit and can drop off their letters to Santa. Discount cannot be combined with any other discounts. Wagon rides are not available with Family Night special pricing due to limited capacity.

Letters to Santa

Every Night before Christmas | 4:30–9 pm WPS Trellis Gift Shop

Every Event Night | 4:30–8:30 pm

Pick up a unique ornament, refresh your home with seasonal décor or treat yourself (or a friend) to a new gardening tool. Stop in while you’re here for the light show or visit us during the week – shop hours are the same as the Garden’s.

Tickets:

On Sale Dates Garden Members

Monday, October 26 | 9 am

General Public

Monday, November 2 | 9 am

Value Night Walking Ticket

Adults (13 & up): $10

Children (3-12): $5

Children (2 & under): Free with advance registration

Value Night Horse-Drawn Wagon Ticket*

Adults (13 & up): $15

Children (3-12): $10

Children (2 & under): Free with advance registration

Peak Night Walking Ticket

Adults (13 & up): $13

Children (3-12): $8

Children (2 & under): Free with advance registration

Peak Night Horse-Drawn Wagon Ticket*

Adults (13 & up): $18

Children (3-12): $13

Children (2 & under): Free with advance registration

*Horse-Drawn Wagon Ticket includes .5 mile-Walking Tour (paved paths) before the start of the Horse-drawn Wagon Ride (mulched paths). Be prepared to walk .5 mile in order to reach the start of the Wagon Ride. Transport assistance to the Wagon Ride area is available, please ask at the ticket counter.

Wheelchair Golf Cart Ride Thursdays, December 3, 10, 17 and Monday, December 28, Tuesday, December 29 and Wednesday, December 30 from 5-8:30 pm.

Advance reservations required, limited availability!

Guests in a wheelchair and one member of their household can receive an accessible golf cart ride around the .4 miles of the lower gardens and mulched pathways. The golf cart can only accommodate one wheelchair user and one

member of their household at a time. Guests will need to purchase a wagon ticket in advance which includes a .5 mile walking tour of the paved pathways in the upper gardens before arriving at the accessible golf cart area.

Please call 920.491.3691 ext. 103 no later than 24 hours in advance to confirm your reservation.

Garden Member Pricing on Value Nights (ages 3+)

Walking Ticket: $5 Horse-Drawn Wagon Ticket: $10

Group Rates

Value Night Walking Ticket

Adults (13 & up): $8

Children (3-12): $5

Children (2 & under): Free with advance registration

Value Night Horse-Drawn Wagon Ticket

Adults (13 & up): $13

Children (3-12): $10

Children (2 & under): Free with advance registration

Peak Night Walking Ticket

Adults (13 & up): $11

Children (3-12): $8

Children (2 & under): Free with advance registration

Peak Night Horse-Drawn Wagon Ticket

Adults (13 & up): $16

Children (3-12): $13

Children (2 & under): Free with advance registration

(For advanced ticket purchases of 25+ by calling 920.491.3691 ext. 113)

Tickets can be purchased online at GBBG.org/Lights.

Event Sponsors

Wisconsin Public Service; Ariens; Community First Credit Union; Cornerstone Foundation of Northeastern Wisconsin, Inc.; The George Kress Foundation; IBEW Local Union 158; K.C. Stock Foundation; Nicolet National Bank; OSMS; Cellcom; Fox Communities Credit Union; Les Stumpf Ford; Tom and Wendy Larson and Dennis Schmidt, in memory of Bobbi Schmidt, Ethel “Dewey” Schmidt and Harry

Witter; Janssen Law, LLC; Meijer; Mary L. Zaborski, CFP®, CRPC® First Vice President; Wealth Management Advisor Merrill Lynch; Prevea Health; US Bank: Terri Trantow; Schneider; WealthPlan LLC; Janssen Law, LLC.; Festival Foods; Lamers Bus Lines, Inc.; Vande Hey Company, Inc.; Schroeder’s Flowers; KZ 104.3

 

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