4th Annual Illuminate Ozaukee Drive-Thru Holiday Light Show Opens in Cedarburg


The Ozaukee Nonprofit Center opened their 4th Annual Illuminate Ozaukee, a drive-thru holiday light show, at Zeunert Park in Cedarburg on Friday, December 1st from 5-8 p.m. The event will continue every Friday and Saturday in December from 5-8 p.m. through December 23rd.

Illuminate Ozaukee helps support and illuminate the nonprofits of Ozaukee County, with the help and collaboration of supporting businesses and organizations, to bring together a holiday light spectacular. Plots at the park have been decorated by 31 different businesses, organizations and groups that visitors can vote on using the QR code in the brochure they are given at the entry to the event. This year, three groups from Cedarburg High School have decorated plots, including the CHS Robotics and Coding Clubs and the CHS Technical Theater Crew, as well as several businesses from Cedarburg and the surrounding areas.

Children are encouraged to bring letters for Santa for the mailbox at the end of the route, where Santa (or sometimes the Grinch) will be on view in his sleigh. The event is free to attend, but a suggested donation of $10 per car is appreciated, with all donations going to support the Ozaukee Nonprofit Center and their nonprofit partner agencies. Visitors will receive candy canes and can tune into 93.9 on their radios to listen to Christmas music and a special message from local FOX6 meteorologist Tom Wachs.

In the middle of the park, visitors will go through the Enchanted Nonprofit Tree Forest, featuring Christmas trees decorated by 11 different ONC nonprofits, including Advocates of Ozaukee, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Ozaukee, Equus Workforce Solutions, Forward Careers, Habitat for Humanity, Independence First, Interfaith Caregivers, Lakeshore Realtors Association, Love 4 Lexi Foundation, Lutheran Social Services, Nami Ozaukee, Mr. Bob's Under the Bridge, Sirona Recovery, and Your Best Life.

The 31 businesses, organizations and groups who decorated plots are: 1 – All My Friends, 2 –Just Listen, Inc., 3 –Girl Scout Troop 8138, 4 –Cedarburg Children’s Theater, 5 –The Providence Place, Inc., 6 –First Immanuel Lutheran Church & School, 7 –Blue Lotus Center, 8 –Habitat for Humanity Ozaukee County, 9 –Port Washington High School DECA, 10 –Wisconsin Storage Box, 11 –Mr. Bob’s Under The Bridge, 12 –Honey Creek Orchard, 13 -Cedarburg High School Robotics & Coding Club, 14 –Honey Creek Orchard, 15 –Cedarburg High School Technical Theater Crew, 16 –Honey Creek Orchard, 17 –Digital Edge Copy & Print Centers, 18 –Birchwood Snow & Landscape, 19 –Houseman & Feind, LLP, 20 –Team America, 21 –Pioneer Pet Products, 22 –Parts Badger LLC, 23 –Mr. Mover, Inc., 24 –Power Wash Store, 25 –Philipp Lithographing Co., 26 –Outdoor Accents, LLC, 27 –Cedarburg Fire Department, 28 –Kohler Co, 29 –Guardians of the Children, 30 –Party Up DJ Service, and 31 –Go Riteway.

Leaderboards for the voting will be posted on the Ozaukee Nonprofit Center's social media each Monday. The plot that receives the most votes will be named the 2023 Holiday Design Champion and receive the coveted Holiday Design Champion trophy.

"This event is such a great way for the whole community to come together in holiday spirit," said Cedarburg resident, plot decorator, and ONC board member Joe Kassander. "We were thrilled to get both the Cedarburg High School and Port Washington High School involved in this year's event, which I think is the biggest and best one, yet."

The Ozaukee Nonprofit Center's 2023 Illuminate Ozaukee is sponsored by Aerial Work Platforms, Inc., Cedarburg Overhead Door Co., Mel's Charities, Mr. Mover, Godfrey & Kahn S.C., Cedar Creek Motorsports, Charter Manufacturing, Houseman & Feind, LLP, The Ladd Agency, Central Bark, First Immanuel Lutheran, Shorewest Realtors - Mequon, Tour Ozaukee,
Brain Balance Center of Mequon, David J Frank Landscape Contracting, Kohler Credit Union, The Bog, Port Washington State Bank, Summit Credit Union, The Stilt House, Fox Run Development, Wayne’s Drive-In, Keller, Inc., Port Washington – Saukville Rotary Club,
Eagle Eye Power Solutions, Newman Chevrolet, Lakeshore Realtor Association, Ace Hardware – Grafton, BGU Building & Remodeling, Fein Design, Horicon Bank, Grafton Orthodontics, Egelhoff Lawn Mower Service, Portal, Inc., Wayne's Drive-In, Fork & Tap, and Cedarburg Friends of the Library.

To learn more about the Ozaukee Nonprofit Center, visit: https://ozaukeenonprofitcenter.org/

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