Winter Wonders drive-thru holiday light show returning to Boerner Botanical Gardens

HALES CORNERS, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Winter Wonders, the drive-thru holiday light show at the Boerner Botanical Arboretum and Whitnall Park, announced its return this holiday season. 

Winter Wonders is a 1.4-mile light show featuring more than 1-million LED lights. 

This year's Covid-safe show kicks off with a sneak peek preview weekend Nov. 12-14, from 5-9 p.m., and continues with a daily schedule from Nov. 19-Jan. 2 from 5-10 p.m.

In addition to popular favorites, the show will include new displays, according to a press release, including two non-traditional light tunnels, 16-foot tall animated trees and a variety of computer-controlled displays. 

Also new this year is a drive-by Santa visit. Cars enter a ring where all displays feature Santa, and upon nearing the end of the loop, guests will see Santa himself, in his living room with a "special message" for all who visit.

Vehicles enter at Whitnall Park Golf Course, 6751 S. 92nd Street. They'll form a line, tune in to listen to holiday music, then follow the 1.4-mile drive-thru route. 

Guests are required to stay inside their vehicles for the duration of the route. All displays are viewed from the safety and comfort of your vehicle.

Included with admission is one holiday gift bag that will be presented at the gate (one per vehicle) with special gifts, coupons and promotions from show sponsors, and instructions for a free, personalized letter emailed from Santa.

For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit

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