There’s no better way to get into the holiday spirit than by visiting Marshfield’s Rotary Winter Wonderland, a holly jolly celebration of the season that astonishes visitors with more than 2 million LED lights every night after Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve. Here’s everything you need to know to plan your visit.
What is Rotary Winter Wonderland?
Rotary Winter Wonderland is an impressive light show and celebration held every holiday season in Marshfield. The event, which also features fun activities like visits from Santa, horse-drawn carriage rides and live acoustic music nights, has delighted visitors for more than a decade and benefits dozens of food pantries in Marshfield and the surrounding area.
What’s the schedule for Rotary Winter Wonderland?
Rotary Winter Wonderland runs every night from 5 pm to 9pm starting the day after Thanksgiving through New Year’s Eve at Wildwood Park & Zoo, 1800 S. Roddis Ave.
Free horse-drawn carriage rides are available every Saturday night from 6 to 8pm. Rides are first-come, first served.
The special event schedule can be found here.
How can I see the lights?
Visitors can walk or drive through the display. To access the walking path, visitors can park at the north lot off West 17th Street or the south lot off South Roddis Avenue. Parking is limited, and additional street parking can be found along Balboa, Adams and Locust Avenues.
The drive-through entrance can be accessed via West 17th Street across from South Adams Avenue.
Find a map of the grounds here.
How many lights are there?
Visitors to Rotary Winter Wonderland will ooh and aah at dozens of holiday displays comprised of more than 2 million LED lights. (Fun fact: since LED lights only use a fraction of the energy of traditional light bulbs, it only costs $10 per night to light the entire park.)
More than 1,000 volunteers from the community and partner organizations assist with the setup, staffing and take down of the project every year.
Is there an admission fee?
Admission to Rotary Winter Wonderland is free, but donations of non-perishable food items and cash are accepted and encouraged to help local food pantries and cover the operational costs of the event.
Through their donations, visitors have contributed more than 600,000 food items to nearly 30 pantries in Marshfield and the surrounding area in the last 14 years.
Where can I stay?
Learn about Marshfield’s lodging options here.