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Upcoming Events for Wisconsin

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November 16, Madison
Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Cocktails in the Conservatory
Stroll through Olbrich’s Bolz Conservatory, sip a cocktail, and enjoy the beats of local DJs. 7-11 p.m.

November 16-January 7, Oshkosh
Nutcracker in the Castle
The Paine Art Center and Gardens

Enjoy a mesmerizing display of sights, sounds, and surprises and more than 70 magical Christmas trees.

November 20, Hales Corners
Thanksgiving Centerpiece
Boerner Botanical Garden

Bring something a little different to the table this Thanksgiving. We’ll guide you through creating your own beautiful centerpiece with seasonal flowers and holiday accents. Early registration recommended. All supplies provided. 6:30-8 p.m. $45 FBBG members/$50 general public.


Nov 23–Dec 23 Green Bay
WPS Garden of Lights
Green Bay Botanical Garden

Experience the magic of WPS Garden of Lights with more than 250,000 twinkling lights and create extraordinary holiday memories with your family and friends. Enjoy this stunning winter landscape by foot or take a horse-drawn wagon ride. Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays, 5-9 p.m. Closed December 24 & 25, open December 26–30.

November 24-25, Milwaukee
Urban Garage Sale
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

Support local businesses, entrepreneurs, and makers by purchasing special items on your holiday shopping list. Over 50 vendors in the Green House Annex. Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.

November 29, Janesville
Bites & Lights
Rotary Botanical Gardens

Join us from 5-8 p.m. for a night of delectable eats, decadent treats, and the magic of the holiday lights. Tickets limited. 21+ event. Cash bar and bucket raffles.



December 1-3, Madison
Holiday Express
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Large-scale model trains wind through an enchanted land of colorful poinsettias and holiday trees. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. daily. Closes at 2 p.m. on December 24, closed all day on December 25.


Sundays in December, Madison
Holiday Concert Series
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

A variety of music is highlighted, including festive holiday music. 2-3 p.m.

December 2, Hales Corners
Holiday Gift Fair with Santa
Boerner Botanical Gardens

This December the Friends of Boerner offer you a chance to skip the holiday shopping mall madness and enjoy a relaxed morning with Santa and a holiday market filled with gift ideas for your loved ones, ranging from the quirky to the sublime, seasonal entertainment, children’s crafts. Holiday brunch available. 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

December 11, Hales Corners
Holiday Wreath Making
Boerner Botanical Gardens

Annie Oklobdzija from The Wild Pansy will teach you how to make and bind your own holiday wreath. Early registration recommended. All supplies provided. $45 FBBG members/$50 general public. 6:30-8 p.m.


December 12, Hales Corners
Holiday Gnome
Boerner Botanical Gardens

Build a Scandinavian nisse-inspired winter gnome using fresh-smelling evergreens. This cute craft makes an excellent holiday decoration or gift. Early registration recommended. All supplies provided. 6-7:30 p.m. $20 FBBG members/$25 general public

December 28, Wausau
Luminary Snowshoe Walk
Monk Botanical Gardens

Bring your family and friends (dogs are also welcome) to the gardens for a luminary-lit snowshoe walk ending at the Kitchen Garden, where you can warm up with a bonfire, hot chocolate, apple cider, and roasted marshmallows. Walks are held with or without snow. Check for severe weather advisories. 6-8 p.m. $2 a person; FREE for Monk Botanical Garden Members. Snowshoes available on a rotation use basis for $2 donation.

December 31, Milwaukee
New Year’s Eve Family Celebration
Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory

Milwaukee’s best family-friendly, indoor New Year’s celebration featuring entertainment, dance party, music, balloon drop, and food. 6-9 p.m.



January 19, Madison
Children of the Rainforest
Olbrich Botanical Gardens

Come out of the cold and into the tropics. Watch, listen, and dance along to a lively music and dance performance, then and explore the tropical plants in the Bolz Conservatory. Performances at 10:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.


Contacts for venues with multiple events

The Domes, Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory
Phone: 414-257-5611

Olbrich Botanical Gardens
Phone: 608-246-4550

Rotary Botanical Gardens

Boerner Botanical Gardens
Phone: 414-525-5653

Monk Botanical Gardens
Phone: 715-261-6309


State-by-State Gardening assumes no responsibility for the accuracy of listed events. It is recommended that you verify the date, time and location of any event you plan to attend.