DARBOY — In only four years of existence, the Fox Cities Festival of Lights has grown to one of the Fox Valley’s premier holiday light displays.

The festival is a family friendly walk through light display set up near Kaukauna in Darboy Community Park located at N9334 Noe Rd., Appleton.

The Fox Cities Festival of Lights non-profit was created in 2018 for the purpose of building a fun, family friendly holiday light display that benefits the community, said organizer Shaun Forslund, with the first displays going up in 2019.

They started with about four people and now have a dozen volunteers from the community.

All of the displays are custom designed by the group, which also builds most of them.

What makes us unique is that some of our displays represent local landmarks like the PAC, Forslund said. 

Although it’s a free event, cash donations are accepted and are split with local nonprofits that help set up and run the event. The suggested donation is $5.

“Our goal is to keep growing this event every year so we are one of the largest holiday light displays in Northeast Wisconsin,” Forslund said.  

The majority of the displays are through the wooded area on trails covered with wood chips, so Forslund says to dress appropriately for the weather.

Per the park rules and signs posted pets are not allowed in the park.

Off road parking is available nearby at Sunrise Elementary School. Handicap parking is available in the lot by the park shelter building on Noe Rd.


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By Dan Plutchak

Dan Plutchak, born and raised in Kaukauna, is cofounder of Kaukauna Community News.