Country Christmas is the much-anticipated and festive tradition that takes place in Waukesha Pewaukee every year. The Ingleside Hotel (formerly Country Springs Hotel) is transformed into a breathtaking winter wonderland. Admission to the drive though Country Christmas Trail also includes entrance to two festive buildings located at the end of the trail, Christmas Village and The Streets of Bethlehem. Tiffany Woodward, Director of Marketing from The Ingleside Hotel shared with us jolly details for 2020.
What makes the Country Christmas Trail (Wisconsin’s largest drive through Christmas lights display) so special?
Now in its 25th year, Country Christmas has become a tradition for many families across Southeastern Wisconsin. The staff of The Ingleside Hotel plan it and truly love bringing this event to the community and keeping it fresh for generations to come.
In addition to traditional light displays, The Country Christmas Trail features enchanting animated figures, like Santa and Ms. Claus, the barn with animated reindeer and “Bearville”, where you will find giant teddy bears in various scenes. Another guest favorite on the trail is the captivating 200-foot tunnel of 30,000 computerized, pulsating lights.
The Streets of Bethlehem, one of the buildings to walk through located at the end of the trail, features the collection of nearly life-sized Fontanini nativity figurines. Country Christmas has the only display of this magnitude in the area, a replica of the Pope’s personal collection.
What is the Christmas Village?
Christmas Village, one of two out of car experiences at the end of the trail, provides lots of photo opportunities for families. There is a concession area that offers snacks like holiday cookies, Dippin’ Dots, cotton candy, hot chocolate, eggnog, and more.
One of my favorite things about Christmas Village is getting to see children and adults of all ages enjoying the working model train display. This year, we rebuilt the train display so it now has 14 tracks on six different levels. It brings a smile to my face to see how excited our youngest guests get when they notice all of the details the display has, like popular superheroes, the Grinch and other holiday characters.
Additionally, the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha Count will have a mobile Adoption Center with animals on-site in Christmas Village on December 2 and 9 from 5pm-9pm for guests to visit and adopt. There will also be $5 of each regular carload admission on these two nights will be donated to the Humane Animal Welfare Society of Waukesha County.
What other activities are going on at Country Christmas?
Illuminated Walkthrough Nights will be held for three nights only! November 20, 21 and 22, guests will be allowed to walk the more than one-mile long Country Christmas trail. During these nights, the trail will be closed to any drive through traffic. The hours are 5pm – 9pm with the last admission tickets sold at 8pm. Admission is $7 per person with $2 benefiting the Christmas Clearing Council of Waukesha County. Hot Chocolate and other concessions will be available in Christmas Village.
Wagon rides will be available this year on November 29 – December 3, December 6-10 and December 13-17. Rides start at 5pm as well as 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm. Masks are required. The cost is $15 per person. Wagon rides can be purchased in Christmas Village at the concessions counter and include hot chocolate and a Christmas cookie. Tickets are first-come, first-served and carload admission is not required for wagon rides.
What are the dates and ticket prices to Country Christmas, and where can people get them?
Country Christmas 2020 dates of operation are: November 27, 2020 -January 2, 2021 Hours for the event are 5pm to 9pm Sunday through Thursday and 5pm to 10pm on Friday, Saturday and holidays. Admission is $20 per carload everyday. Pricing for passenger vans and limos is $30 and minibus admission is $40. Senior home minibus admission is $25. Tickets are available at the Country Christmas ticket booth.