Holiday Light Show kicks off in Janesville for the season

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JANESVILLE, Wis. (WMTV) - More than 750,000 lights are brightening up Janesville through the end of December. It's an annual holiday tradition that keeps on growing: The Holiday Light Show at the Rotary Gardens, which kicked off another season on Friday, Nov. 29.

The Holiday Light Show at the Rotary Gardens in Janesville.

The light show is the Rotary Botanical Garden's largest fundraiser of the year. It's a walking tour through the gardens, and it runs from 4:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. every Thursday through Sunday through the end of December. There are also select Monday night shows.

Rotary Gardens Horticulturist Larry Holterman spent three-and-a-half months hanging most of the 750,000 lights -- 250,000 more lights than last year. On Friday, he got to see it all come to life.

"It's really amazing. in areas where you know you decorated the whole thing, listening to the people 'ooh' and 'aah,'" Holterman said. "Like down in Japanese Garden last year, there were some people saying, 'They must have a hundred people who did this down here!' The fact that I did it makes me feel really good, you know."

Last year, nearly 60,000 people came to see the gardens turn into a holiday wonderland. Some make it a point to come every year. Others are enjoying the show for the first time.

"This is our first time and it is very beautiful," said Alka and Shafali, a couple visiting from Illinois. "We just moved here from North Carolina and we were felling lonely, but this is very festive."

Tickets available online or at the door: Adults (13+) $10.00, children (3-12) $5.00, and children (2 & Under) free.

The Rotary Botanical Gardens is located at 1455 Palmer Drive in Janesville.

You can learn more on the garden’s website.

WMTV is a proud media partner and sponsor of the light show this year.