Address: 1455 Palmer Dr., Janesville, WI
Dates: November 27 – 29, December 3 – 6, 10 – 13, 17 – 23, 26 – 30
Hours: 4:30 pm – 9 pm
Lights go dark at 9:30 pm
Rates: $10 per adult (13 and up), $5 per child (3-12 years old), children 2 and under are free
Let’s face it, we could use some holiday cheer this year! Thankfully, one of the largest and most impressive holiday light shows is just 30 minutes from Rockford, in Janesville, Wisconsin. This is the biggest and best light show in the Stateline area!
The Holiday Light Show at Rotary Gardens is like nothing you’ve ever seen before! The entire garden is lit up with over 750,000 lights including lights strung from trees, displays, walls of lights, and luminaria lighting the path.
Updates for 2020: Due to COVID-19, the light show has added some extra precautions to keep everyone safe. Here are the changes:
- The holiday light show is one-way only
- Hours have been expanded to spread out attendance
- Attendance is capped each night
- Porta-potties are available in the Wellness Garden (halfway through the show)
- Tickets must be purchased in advance (online or in-person BEFORE the event)
- Masks are required for guests ages 5 and up, including outdoors
- Social distancing must be practiced at all times
- Children must stay with guardians and parents at all times
Walking through the gardens takes at least 30 minutes, but plan to be there for 1 – 1.5 hours because you’ll want to stop at the photo ops throughout the garden.
If you get too cold, you can warm up inside with hot chocolate and concessions. While you in there, don’t skip the $1 3D glasses! They make the lights look like snowflakes and snowmen. My kids loved looking through them while we walked around! Bring cash for the concessions and 3D glasses!
Parking is limited, but you can find parking alongside Palmer Rd.
The entire display is outside so sure to bundle up! We put both kids in layers, snow pants and boots and they were comfortable throughout our hour-long visit. The gardens are stroller and wagon friendly, but the paths can get busy during peak hours.
Only service animals are allowed at this display.
Here’s a short video on our experience at the 2019 Holiday Light Show.