Taking a drive to look at holiday lights is one of my favorite things to do during the holiday season. It can be a fully displayed light show, or just driving around and enjoying some incredible displays throughout the community.

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There is one holiday light display just a short drive from southeast Minnesota that you should always have on your list of holiday activities, and in 2021 they are bringing back some of their favorite events.

The Rotary Lights in La Crosse, Wisconsin

Yes, the Rotary Lights in La Crosse, Wisconsin kicked off on Friday, November 26th (the Friday after Thanksgiving, like they always do). Below is everything you need to know about the display that runs all the way through New Year's Eve. They also have some new special events going on this year, and kids will be able to visit Santa, with some restrictions.

Enjoy 3 Million+ Holiday Lights Just a Short Drive From Southeast Minnesota

Nearly 160,000 people see the 3 million+ holiday lights at the Rotary Lights in La Crosse, Wisconsin. If you are looking to check out some of the best lights in the area, you'll want to put this one on your calendar.

If you have never checked them out before, you should give it a shot. With over 3 million lights to see, the depth of this experience is really incredible. It is also free to see the show. They do ask for voluntary food and cash donations.


A $10,000 Theft Was Reported At Rotary Lights Earlier This Year

Back in October, our co-worker Jessica Willaims had the story on how for the first time in 26 years, there was vandalism at the Rotary Lights. 

For 26 years the Rotary Lights Project has always taken pride in the fact that there has never been any vandalism or theft in Riverside Park. That all changed last weekend [October 23-24, 2021].

When they first started prep work about 70 electrical pedestals were moved to the park to begin the process of lighting the park. On both evenings, vandals cut the cords on many of the pedestals. It is assumed that they wanted to take the cords and hope that the copper content would be worth some money. Replacement cords are $2.00 per foot, so the loss could be close to $10,000. You can get the full details on the Rotary Lights Facebook page.

Minnesota’s Longest Drive-Thru Light Show Is In Mankato

The Kiwanis Holiday Light Display is located at Sibley Park in Mankato. The holiday display is free to the public but cash donations are accepted. All money collected is given to area non-profits.

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