"Wisconsin-Happy Festival State", by Eve Phillips. My husband and I love to travel in the state of Wisconsin where we live and get great pictures on the way. My name is Laurie Kutil and photography has become a great passion of mine since 2010. One thing I have learned in researching each town before visiting it is that, "Every town has it's story". When I do uncover those stories by connecting with local residents, our experience becomes so much richer. In turn, sharing the stories with you brings me joy :)
The line was long, but it was a warm night and there was a fire to keep us warm while waiting.
Each year, there is a soundtrack you can listen to as you drive through the park transmitted by a LP (low power) radio station. There are actually two stations now. Tune in to 95.3 FM for the main audio, 95.1 for the Dancing Trees.
There were two wagons continuously going around after getting loaded. The atmosphere was filled with excitement for the upcoming holidays and the kids in the group were so excited!
It’s our turn! Soon, we were on our way, watch the video of the hayride.
I returned on the 25th and drove through on my own. If you want to see the displays without other people around, come early in the morning before dawn. Enjoy the Dancing trees, synchronized to Nutcracker music.
2018 will be the 30th Anniversary of Holiday Fantasy in Lights, I look forward to that! I will do the hayride again, it was so much fun!
Every year this event gets better! Holiday Fantasy in Lights has a new archway at the entry this year. Tune your radio to 94.7 FM to hear the event’s low-power radio station. The sound track is different every year. This year I did something different too, I arrived at 3:30 AM so there would not be any people there. I started first with driving through the park, come join me!
After driving through I went up close to each display. The Dancing Trees music is on 94.5 FM.
On their website there is a live webcam view of the entry and you can hear the soundtrack.
The Electric Group thanks you for coming to see the lights. Please consider donating to keep them coming back! This event is always so much fun and has become a tradition for many. View our 2013 and 2015 visits (missed 2014).
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!
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.
The Memory Tree
From the top of the hill where the tree is, you have a great view below of the park.
The memory tree looks brighter here because I took this picture in 2003, before LED lights were used.
They even give you a candy cane as you exit, thanking you for coming to see the displays. Donations gratefully accepted!