Country Christmas is the much-anticipated and festive tradition that takes place in Waukesha Pewaukee every December. 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 all of the jolly details.
What makes the Country Christmas Trail (Wisconsin’s largest drive through Christmas lights display) so special?
Now in its 24th 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.
Tell us about the Christmas Village and what visitors can expect to see, do and eat!
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 super heroes, the Grinch and other holiday characters.
Additionally, there are also some special nights that we will have guests in Christmas Village. Those include:
- Get your picture taken with Santa Claus in Christmas Village, courtesy of COUNTRY Financial, on December 11th and 12th from 6pm-8pm.
- Visit with Elizabeth Kay and Radar from 99.1 The Mix on December 16th in the Christmas Village from 6pm – 8pm.
- HAWS Mobile Adoption Center will have animals on site in Christmas Village December 18th and 19th from 5pm-9pm for guests to visit and adopt. Additionally, $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! On December 3rd, 4th and 5th for the first time in Country Christmas history, guests will be allowed to walk the more than one-mile long Country Christmas trail. Over the years we have had many requests from guests to get out of their cars so they can enjoy the details in the buildings. 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 or $5 per person with a new book donation 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 December 8th – December 12th, and December 15th – December 19th. Rides start at 6pm, 7pm, and 8pm and are $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 2019 dates of operation are: November 29-December 1, 2019 and December 6 – 31, 2019. 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. 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.