Fireworks and a parade kicked off another La Crosse (WI) Rotary Lights display at Riverside Park. The more than 3 million (yes! that’s right!) lights, a skating rink, live Santa (with his reindeer….also live!), area school and church choirs on site providing the perfect seasonal music, are just a few vignettes available. The northern end of the park boasts hundreds of lights choreographed to the up-tempo music of the Trans Siberian Orchestra. This magical setting is best experienced by a slow saunter on the winding pathways but, if that’s not possible, there’s several horse & carriages (replete with incredible blankets!) just waiting for festive passengers or remaining in your vehicle (some year’s have been warm enough for hardy motorcyclists!!!!) is another option and the drive through is amazing!
The photos are from the La Crosse Tribune photographers. Admission is free but Santa’s elves are at the entrance collecting food donations for the area’s food shelves/pantries. The lights will be on nightly (til 10:00pm, with the exception of Christmas Eve/Day) and must be experienced to fully appreciate the wonderland transformation of the park.