PEWAUKEE -- When the sun goes down, the lights come up at a holiday favorite in Pewaukee.
“This is an exciting time of year. It’s full of nostalgia and whimsy," said Jenny Long, marketing assistant at the Country Springs Hotel.
Now in its 22nd year, Country Christmas features more than a million lights on a mile-long path that weaves through the woods outside the Country Springs Hotel.
“This is a big tradition for lots of people. They come every year and they just enjoy seeing the little changes that we have to offer every year," said Long.
The attractions continue inside as well. The Christmas Village houses an elaborate model train display.
“Ten train tracks. Around 100 cars -- and then this is a great place to stop to get cookies and hot chocolate," said Long.
It’s a calmer scene in the building next door. The Streets of Bethlehem features nearly life-size nativity pieces handmade in Italy. In fact, it’s a replica of the Pope’s nativity scene.
“As soon as you walk in there it’s a whole different feel. It’s quiet. It’s serene. People are just soaking it all in," said Long.
While there are little tweaks to the displays each year, big changes are coming to the hotel itself. Country Springs will undergo major renovations this winter, and reopen as The Ingleside Hotel in the spring.
“The Ingleside literally means 'by the fire,' so it’s going to be a really relaxed, cozy atmosphere. That’s going to be Lake Country’s newest place to come for meetings and weddings," said Long.
And don’t worry, popular attractions like the water park and, of course, Country Christmas aren’t going anywhere.
FOX6 is once again teaming up with Country Christmas to help bring a little slice of the North Pole to a winter wonderland in Wisconsin.
We’re giving you the opportunity to drive through Country Christmas (2810 Golf Rd., Pewaukee) on Tuesday, December 5th and Tuesday, December 12th – and get $6 off the carload rate (normally $15 Sunday through Thursday, $20 Fridays, Saturdays & holidays). All you need to do is click the link just below and print off the coupon you’ll need for the savings.