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Sauk Prairie Holiday Kick-Off Celebration

3rd Friday in November    11-16-12

Sauk Prairie Holiday Festival 2012


This was our first time at this  Sauk Prairie event and it was really fun!  We arrived early so we could and enjoy the festivities before the parade at 6:00 PM.  The town was beautifully decorated for the season. In 2012 the event was at the historic park by the river. There was a craft show and a fire pit to warm up.

Inflated Santa Claus in Sauk Prairie

Craft Show at Sauk Prairie Tree Lighting

Parade time!

Sauk Prairie Holiday Parade Start

Sauk Prairie Holiday Parade float

After the parade the people congregate in the area near the tree, well-lit by a spotlight.

Sauk Prairie Holiday festival

Church Building at Sauk Prairie

People warm up and shop in the historic church building while waiting for Santa and Mrs. Claus to light the tree, kicking off the holiday season officially.  They have arrived!

Santa and Mrs. Claus in Sauk Prairie

It’s time, One, Two and Three!

Sauk Prairie Christmas Tree

And now for the fireworks, ringing in the season!

Fireworks collage

What a wonderful celebration to bring in the holiday season with a bang! Happy Holidays from Adventures in Travel!


Happy Holidays from Adventures in Travel

We wish you and yours a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. Thanks for following us and hoping for even more fellow travelers to join us next year.  Enjoy these photos on a brilliant winter sunrise  and pine tree laden with snow. Keep warm or cool, depending on your location on our beautiful world.

Winter Sunrise


Snowy Tree 12-23-13


Edgewater 12-11 Merry Christmas



2013 Madison’s Holiday Fantasy in Lights – 25th Anniversary


Wisconsin is big on showing Christmas spirit with lots of holiday light displays.  Madison is well-known for their Holiday Fantasy in Lights display, put on by the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and The National Electrical Contractors Association in Olin Park.  This is their 25th year!

Holiday Fantasy in Lights sign

01 Lights Truck at Fantasy in Lights

Turn on your radio to 1610 for the  soundtrack you can listen to while you are driving through the looking at the displays. Enjoy this slideshow of the displays.

Some of our favorites.

This rocking horse is one of the original displays, now 25 years old.

36 - 25 Year-Old Rocking Horse

43 - Train at Fantasy in Lights

The Memory Tree

50 - Memory Tree sign

51 - Memory Tree

From the top of the hill where the tree is, you have a great view below of the park.

55 - Lights Overlook 1

30 - American Flag

The memory tree looks brighter here because I took this picture in 2003, before LED lights were used.

Holiday Fantasy in Lights Packer and Badger Helmets

 They even give you a candy cane as you exit, thanking you for coming to see the displays. Donations gratefully accepted!

21 - Candy Cane sign at Fantasy in Lights

03 Donation Booth

04 Thank You

Happy Holidays and see you next year!


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Olbrich Botanical Gardens Holiday Express


Olbrich sign

Boltz Conservatory at Olbrich in winter

This has been a December tradition at Olbrich Botanical Gardens  for years. Their Holiday Express event is a fundraiser that is fun for the whole family!   When you walk in the door, you see a Christmas wonderland!

Olbrich Botanical Gardens lobby


Turn right to find the Atrium, where all the fun is!

Candyland  Olbrich Atrium

This year the displays resembles the game “Candy Land” .  Amidst the displays are model trains contributed and set up by the Wisconsin Garden Railway Society.  There are two trains on separate tracks.  Great job everyone!

Olbrich Garden Holiday Express frame


Lets see the train in action!

Some of the other scenery..

Holiday Express display

Blue Gingerbread House


Here is the other train!

Holiday Express Train 2 frame


After enjoying trains, your adult admission of $3.00 includes a visit to the Boltz Conservatory as well.

Bridge and Koi fish

Bolz Conservatory inside


It’s not just plants in here, birds live here also.  There are Canaries, Finches,  doves and Quail.

Hungry birds




I had a very enjoyable visit on a cold winter day. You will too.