Miracle at Big Rock Holiday Light Display in WI
Wisconsin is full of large cities, small towns, and everything in between. While each town may have its own set of holiday lights, nothing compares to the experience at Miracle at Big Rock in St Croix Wisconsin.
The newest holiday light display is positioned in one of the nicest areas of the state, along the St. Croix River. Not only do you get a fun drive there, but the experience through the gates is magical.
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Miracle at Big Rock in St Croix Wisconsin is doing both a drive-thru and walk-through with twelve themed light displays. The lighted pathway is 1 mile long through the gorgeous countryside and can be seen from the sky.
You can even take a helicopter ride over the festival or warm up in a private tent. This festival is open every day until New Year’s Day. And can be done in an hour, more if you are planning on doing some of the extras like sledding, slay rides, shopping, and more.
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Here are some reasons why Big Rock is Wisconsin’s best-kept secret:
Big Rock is located about 45 minutes outside of St Paul MN; the perfect distance for those who don’t want to be too close but still want to enjoy a unique holiday light festival.
The property was once the summer retreat of the Siems Brothers. These brothers worked alongside James J Hill on the Great Northern Railroad. Now during the summer, it’s a popular retreat for weddings and large gatherings. In the winter, it’s the perfect location for a magical light show at this historic venue.
You’ll be right next to Taylors Falls if you want to do a full day of exploring beforehand. 17 Things To Do In Taylors Falls Minnesota | The Ultimate Guide
Big Rock is owned and managed by a few people, but they have created a totally memorable experience. Filled with shopping, sley rides, private Santa visits, magical warming tents, and fireworks.
Throughout the walk though, the staff is always there to assist, either making sure you take full advantage of all the activities or to even capturing that family photo you are looking for.
They have a lot more lights than other places and they really make it special. There are plenty of fun places to explore and get your magical pictures.
From the moment you get on the property, you know just how many details they’ve put into it. From a lighted experience, it is great to experience either driving or walking through.
A Closer Look: What Makes Miracle on Big Rock So Unique
12 Themed Holiday Light Displays
There are so many opportunities to snap some fun pictures through all the fun displays located throughout the property.
With over 10 Million lights, you’ll see things like the Enchanted Forest, S’moreland, Whoville, Nativity, the Singing Trees, Candy Cane Lane, and more.
There is something magical about every stop along the way. I went through a full camera battery on my phone because I couldn’t put my phone down. Here are a few of my favorites:
This was the biggest draw for me. The Enchanted Forest is magical without a doubt. The simple yellow lights, inside of the woods of Big Rock set alongside the lake make it absolutely stunning.
The tunnel was a surprise and delight for me. The lights are synced to music and put on one heck of a good show. The designs are always changing.
A big surprise for me was Whoville. The color combinations of lights were whimsical and made me feel like I was in something Tim Burton and Dr. Suse created.
Throughout the grounds, you’ll find plenty of opportunities to get some great food from food trucks. The trucks are located at the main entrance, S’moreland, and by the heated barn. You won’t have to walk far to find something delicious.
Visit with Santa
Looking for a magical visit to the Man in Red? Miracle at Big Rock has you covered. Inside the barn, you can meet with Santa. No reservations are needed. In addition to being in the barn, Santa has been known to roam around and enjoy some of the fun light displays too.
Miracle at Big Rock and a unique opportunity to reserve the cabin with Santa. Let the kids enjoy some time with Santa Claus while getting natural Santa photos of your time together. This has an additional fee, but the photo opportunities are worth it. Make sure to reserve your time online.
Horse Drawn Hayrides and Sleigh Rides
Take a horse-drawn sleigh or tractor ride through the magical light displays. Both make their loop around the property. After getting your wristband, you can step onto any of the carts. Hop on and off as many times as you like.
Warm up with Local Craftsmen
Inside the heated barn is filled with local makers. There are plenty of holiday-inspired crafts to check out. Everything remains on sale through December 19th. It’s a great time to get your last-minute Christmas Gifts.
Visit with Maggie, the Highlander Cow
I’m a total sucker when it comes to Highlander Cows. If my neighborhood was zoned for them, I would have a dozen. That’s why I was excited to see that Miracle at Big Rock had their own on the property. I was tickled. Unfortunately, Maggie was asleep when we arrived. Just bad timing on our part. Keep an eye out when you visit.
One thing that I often take for granted is fireworks displays. While seeing them over the fourth of July on a hot summer night is fun, it also comes with plenty of mosquitos. That’s why seeing them in winter is so much better. Not only is the temperature a lot more comfortable, but it’s also earlier in the night. This is perfect for families with smaller kids.
Fireworks are on Saturdays, and New Year’s Eve. Check out their Facebook page for updated schedules.
Sledding at Big Rock
Bring your sled and get the chance to take advantage of the fresh snowfall. Near the heated barn is a nice sledding hill for people of all ages. The hill has a gentle slope, making it perfect to get some speed before leveling off to a finish. The hill is perfect for multiple trips down. You won’t want to miss this opportunity this holiday season.
Other Fun Things to do at Miracle at Big Rock
What sets apart Miracle at Big Rock are some of the add on’s. These are not included with the general admission tickets but are fun ways to make this a truly memorable experience.
Rent a Private Tent
Looking for your own private place to relax? Rent a Private Evening Tent. It’s perfect for a date night or family adventure. Each tent has its own heater, seating, firepit, S’mores kit, and board games. This is a great way to have your own private time in a cozy location.
Take a Helicopter Ride
Wanted to view the magical lights from above? Miracle at Big Rock has partnered with Minnesota Helicopters to create a memorable experience.
Big Rock is accustomed to hosting different events throughout the year, that’s why it’s no surprise to see that they have a couple of concerts planned at the end of the season. Check out their website for more information.
How to Get There & What to Expect When You’re There
The Miracle at Big Rock is located in St. Croix Falls, just on the other side of the river from Taylors Falls. I got to the area a little early to explore more of Osceola. They have some great restaurants. You can also stop into Interstate State Park on either the MN or Wisconsin side. The whole area is a lot of fun to explore.
They offer free parking on-site or VIP parking if you want to get a little closer to the gate. If you don’t want to spend the extra money on VIP parking, get there early. The lot fills up fast.
If you have any mobility issues, I recommend doing the drive-thru version. After going through security, there is a decent-sized hill to do down. Once in the light exhibit, it’s fairly flat and easy to walk through. But you will have to go back up the hill on the way back to the car.
Miracle at Big Rock is $12 for Kids and Veterans, $17 for Adults for the walk-through displays (Thurs-Sun). Veterans are free on Thursdays. Or $35 per carload during the week (Mon-Weds).
Would I go back to Miracle at Big Rock in St Croix Falls Wisconsin?
Yes, I really enjoyed the experience. While I may be considered a sucker for holiday lights, I need them to be done right. And Miracle at Big Rock did a phenomenal job of creating a unique experience, with classic holiday charm.
I had to stop myself many times from staying too long at each exhibit so others could enjoy it too. For more great holiday light displays near Minneapolis check out: Where to See Christmas Lights in MN