Monday, August 1, 2022 / by Carolyn Kampa
The Celebration of Lights displays at Menominee Park in Oshkosh bring a much needed dose of Christmas cheer. In this pandemic year as we try to distance and keep everyone safe, activities like the Oshkosh Celebration of Lights help to brighten the season for all.
The event runs through Jan 2 and is open 530 - 9 pm daily. The cost is $10 per vehicle or $9 with a non-perishable food donation. This year only debit or credit cards will be accepted for payment.
They have done a wonderful job with the displays and a slow, winding drive through the festive 1.2 miles in the park is a much needed respite this holiday season. Local radio stations provide holiday music to make the experience even more memorable.
This is the 19th year of the celebration, and in 2019 they had over 16,000 vehicles drive through to view the 1,000,000+ lights! The annual holiday display was brought to life by Tom Stephany, former Oshkosh Parks Dept. Director, and volunteers from the Oshkosh Rotary Southwest.
Since the event's inception, 150 tons of non-perishable food has been donated to food pantries in the Oshkosh area.
This year there are 7 community nights that are free for entry because of the generosity of event sponsors. They are Dec 1, 4, 6, 8, 11, 15, and 20. A donation of non-perishable food is always appreciated.
Santa is there too for socially distanced, no contact visits through Dec 23rd!
Here's hoping you have a chance to you enjoy the event, and be sure not to miss the digital displays at the end that are synchronized with music!