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January 17, 2020 – January 19, 2020
Burlington is “Chocolate City USA,” so it makes sense for them to have Hot Chocolate Fest in winter, right? This year, Hot Chocolate Fest runs Friday, January 17th through Sunday, January 19th.
The fest includes Pond Hockey and Broom Ball Tournaments on Echo Lake (weather permitting), the Cabin Fever 5K through downtown Burlington, campfire storytelling, a Red Chili contest with area restaurants competing, of course… a “Who has the best hot chocolate??” Contest.
Here’s the schedule Hot Chocolate Fest:
Friday- All at The Veteran’s Terrace
5pm – 9pm Open Skate
6:30pm – 8pm Un-Hich’d (Pop/Country/Rock Duo)
8:30pm – 11pm NEW Piano Guys DUELING PIANOS
10am – Free Family Movie- The Plaza
10am – 9pm Open Skate/Broomball/Bonfires/Smores at Vets
10am – 1pm Hot Chocolate Walk/Tasting Downtown
10am – Noon Snowman Decorating Contest at Vets
10am – 4pm Artisan Market at Mercantile Hall
1pm – 4pm Chili Walk/Tasting Downtown
6:30pm – 8pm Astro Blues Band (Classic Rock and Blues Band) at Vets
8pm – 11pm LUNCH MONEY BULLIES at Vets
7:30 Registration opens for Cabin Fever 5K at Vets
8 – 11am – Pancake Breakfast at the Veterans Terrace -Tickets $10 each. Proceeds will benefit both Driven Students and the new Santa Chalet.
9:00am Cabin Fever 5k begins at Veterans Terrace
Downtown Burlington has a lot of great places to check out, from the Yo-Yo Museum to Fred’s (famous for their burgers), and more. Follow Highways 11, 36, 83, or 142 – they’ll all bring you to Chocolate City USA and Hot Chocolate Fest.
Hot Chocolate Fest Address:
589 Milwaukee Avenue
Burlington, WI 53105
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January 17, 2020 – January 26, 2020
Waukesha JanBoree is called “Wisconsin’s Premier Winter Festival” and runs for ten days to help complete January. This year, it’s “Game On!” for the 35th annual JanBoree from Friday, January 17th through Sunday, January 26th.
JanBoree includes over 35 events throughout Waukesha, most of which are free. Events include disc golf, hockey, bocce ball, trivia and ComedySportz performances, a “Cosmic Colors” planetarium show, a variety of games, and more!
Opening Ceremonies are held Friday from 4-9pm at Waukesha’s Lowell Park, complete with fireworks. Details on this and other events below.
Events are held at various locations around the city, including Lowell Park, Minooka Park, the Waukesha Transit Center downtown, North High School, and more. See event pages here for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday for specifics and maps.
Friday events on Opening Night include the Opening Ceremonies, an Ice Sculpting Demo, the Arctic Avalanche, the Carnival of Curiosities, a Fireworks Extravaganza, and the 350’ lighted toboggan run.
Educators Credit Union will be on hand with FREE hot chocolate and popcorn. Texas Roadhouse will be serving up their famous chili and Toppers Pizza will be on hand with hot slices, at a nominal cost.
Or check out the Put Me In Coach – ComedySportz Show at Waukesha North High School (2222 Michigan Street), with family-friendly improv comedy shows that last 30 minutes and start at 5:45 and 7pm!
The fireworks extravaganza tops it all off Friday night at 8pm at Lowell Park.
On Saturday, check out trolley rides, a pancake breakfast that you can burn off with the Frosty 5K Walk/Run at Frame Park, geocaching, ice sculpting, Frozen FootGolf & S’Moorball at Moor Downs, Ice Bocce Ball, a penguin egg hunt, and plenty more all day!
Sunday features the “Dinosaurs Alive” Planetarium Show, an ice fishing clinic, horse-drawn wagon rides, or the Alaskan Malamute Dog Pull at Minooka Park, and of course the Arctic Avalanche and family ice skating continues.
Get all the details at the main JanBoree website. Waukesha can be a tricky city to navigate, but getting to it is easy. Follow U.S. 18, Highway 59, or Highway 164 to get there. I-94 and Highway 16 also bring you close to the city and all the fun JanBoree events.
November 29, 2019 – December 31, 2019
OVER THREE MILLION LIGHTS. That’s crazy! And beautiful. And festive. And there’s a lot more to see at the La Crosse Rotary Lights, that holiday special event that runs November 29th through December 31st at Riverside Park. Among the splendor is a 140- foot Christmas tree and plenty of animated light displays. Live nativity presentation on weekends until Christmas. Santa is here until the 23rd.
Here’s how it works if you choose to drive through it: The line forms down State Street and continues to the North on 2nd Street. On busy nights, the line will back up onto 3rd Street/Copeland Ave/U.S. 53. Roads will be blocked so that you cannot enter from State Street, northbound on Second Street, or from Vine Street. You can tune your car stereo to their local Christmas channel for good musical accompaniment while joining the caravan of onlookers from the comfort – and heat – of your car.
If you prefer to walk or take a carriage ride through the display, you do not need to wait in line. There is usually street parking available near the park or there are several parking ramps within walking distance. Get Parking Ramp Information HERE. Horse-drawn carriages are available most weekends and run $20-$30. On select nights, there are free “family hayrides” too.
Santa shows up nightly from 5 – 8 pm until December 23rd (of course, he has to hurry back to the North Pole right after that and get his sleigh ready for that worldwide trip.)
Weather permitting, the Chad Erickson Ice Rink is available for skating, Monday through Friday 5pm-8pm, Saturday Noon to 8pm, and Sunday Noon to 6pm. New this year is a warming hut and free skate rental! You can call (608) 784-9993 to check on Skating Rink Status and information; voicemail messages are updated daily.
The hours for La Crosse Rotary Lights are 5-10pm daily. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the hours are 5-9pm; New Year’s Eve, it will stay open until 1 am; meaning technically La Crosse Rotary Lights lasts into January 1, 2019.
The whole La Crosse Rotary Lights admission and experience is free of charge, but Rotary Lights does ask for donations; monetary or non-perishable food item donations are strongly encouraged.
Riverside Park (just off U.S. 53)
410 Veterans Memorial Drive
La Crosse, WI 54601
March 2, 2019
“The World’s Longest Weenie Roast!”
That’s an attention getter, right? Watch winter come to a climactic end as the greatest event on ice wraps up the season. Thousands of Weenie enthusiasts come annually to watch the fastest sleds compete for top speed of the day while eating up those great Klement’s Hot Dogs and drinking down an ice cold Pepsi or Budweiser beer. Watch as dozens of people get the first swim of the year in Lake Namakagon at the Frozen Weenie Polar Bear Plunge, win prizes at the many games and enjoy great music while taking it all in. This event is the highlight of winter and rooms fill up quickly. Don’t miss out on this fantastic family event.
Held to raise funds for the Great Divide Ambulance Service, the Namakagon Volunteer Fire Department and other area charities and not-for-profits, this event holds the record for the longest line of hot dog cookers over one fire in the world. With events like snowmobile speed runs, ice drags, crooked weenie obstacle course, and snow drags all on Lake Namakagon, there is more than enough fun for everyone.
All the action for the World’s Largest Weenie Roast takes place Saturday, March 2nd in Cable, along County M near U.S. 63 at the Lakewoods Resort & Forest Ridge Golf Course. Get all the event details here!
World’s Longest Weenie Roast Address:
Lakewoods Resort & Forest Ridge Golf Course
21540 County Road M
Cable, WI 54821
March 1, 2019 – March 3, 2019
The Bayfield Winter Festival is an annual wild weekend of winter fun, taking place March 1 – 3, 2019. To celebrate the end of winter (almost), the town and nearby places like Mt. Ashwabay put on a variety of fun and crazy activities. Whether you plunge into the frozen lake, chow down fish livers, tear up the obstacle course, go fat tire biking, do the Poker Run, or just come for the party, we’re sure you’ll enjoy the celebration of the end of the joyous winter season.
On behalf of the residents of Bayfield and surrounding communities, the Bayfield Winter Festival team invites you to join the shenanigans! A schedule is below.
Check out the Polar Plunge, which is always fun to watch. Hey, watch it from a previous year here:
Bayfield is a beautiful town in any season, not just during the Bayfield Winter Festival. Highway 13 brings you there, just a few miles north of Washburn and from U.S. 2 near Ashland.
Bayfield Winter Festival Address:
140 Broad Street
Bayfield, WI 54814
Schedule for Bayfield Winter Festival
Friday, March 1st
9:30am-8pm Lifts and Chalet 0pen at Mt Ashwabay
4-7pm Open Swim at the Bayfield Rec Center
4-9pm First Friday Wine Bar at Wild Rice Retreat – Open to the public with small plates and wine and beer available for purchase. Live music by Mark Phillips 5:30-8:30.
5:30-6:30pm Happy Hour Yoga at Wild Rice Retreat – Donation-based class with Instructor Darcy Schwerin.
6-11:30pm 9th Annual Freeze Your Glass Off Party at The Creamery with Doane Beer – The Official Bayfield Winter Festival Kick Off! Complimentary Chili from 6pm till it’s gone. Bingo from 7-8pm (limit 50 participants). Live Music by Hoff Stevens 8:30-11:30pm.
6:30pm Candlelight Walk on the Brownstone Trail at Wild Rice Retreat with Landmark Conservancy (formerly Bayfield Regional Conservancy) – Candlelit luminaries will guide walkers along Bayfield’s beloved community trail. The walk begins and ends at Wild Rice Retreat, with parking and bathrooms available there. Approximately 1 mile round-trip. Cocoa and cookies will be provided at the end of the walk, while participants enjoy the fireplace on the deck.
Saturday, March 2
9:30am-8pm Lifts and Chalet open at Mt Ashwabay
10am-1pm US Coast Guard Station Bayfield Open House – Tour the station and meet the crew. Station Bayfield is at the corner of Wilson Ave and S First St.
10am-5pm Poker Run in Downtown Bayfield hosted by Participating Bayfield Retail Shops and The Creamery – Visit participating retailers to pick up cards. Best three hands win!
10am-2pm Fat Tire Bike Mini Tours at Bayfield Lakeside Pavilion with North Coast Cycling Association – Try winter fat tire biking on the big lake. No experience necessary! $15 for bike rental, helmet, and guided 45 minute bike ride right on Lake Superior. Rides leave every hour on the hour from 10am-2pm. If lake conditions are unsafe, the rides will be relocated.
10-4pm Open Swim at the Bayfield Rec Center
Beginning at 12pm – Pier Plaza – Get your warm food and beverages inside at the Pier restaurant and outside on their deck while enjoying the polar plunge and other activities! They’ll have items that’ll heat you up and cheer you on!
12-1pm Polar Plunge Sign In at the Bayfield Lakeside Pavilion – All plungers must sign in, turn in pledges, and sign/turn in waivers. Those not registered by 1pm will not be permitted to plunge. Minimum total pledges of $50/plunger.
1pm Penguin Egg Hunt in Memorial Park
1:30pm-2pm United States Coast Guard Ice Rescue Demo in front of the Bayfield Lakeside Pavilion
2pm-3pm Polar Plunge in front of the Bayfield Lakeside Pavilion – Take the plunge or come to watch! (You can register the day of at the Bayfield Lakeside Pavilion from 12-1pm! Minimum of $50 in pledges per plunger. ALL plungers must register in advance and sign a waiver. Plungers under 18 years of age must have their waiver signed by a parent or guardian. Please plan accordingly, there are no exceptions. Registration forms and waivers are available in advance at the Bayfield Rec Center.)
3-8pm Youth Downhill Ski Night at Mt Ashwabay – $10 for lift ticket and free rentals for youth under 18.
4-8pm Candlelight Ski/Bike/Snowshoe at Howl Adventure Center – Bring your own gear or demo Howl’s gear from 4-6. Onsite trails lit by ice luminaries (but bring your headlamp, too!). Warm up by the campfire afterwards and enjoy a beer in the future Adventure Club Taproom!
7pm Swing into Spring Party at Mt Ashwabay – Live music by Noble at 7pm. Lifts until 8. Bar will stay open during music.
4-6pm Open Kayaking at the Bayfield Rec Center – All ability and experience levels welcome!
5pm-6:30pm Poker Run Hand Turn In and Winners at The Creamery – Turn in your cards from 5pm-6pm, winners announced at 6:15pm. Top three hands win!
Sunday, March 3
7am-12pm 5th Annual Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser at Legendary Waters Resort & Casino – Support the Red Cliff Volunteer Fire Department! All you can eat for just $7. Kids under 3 eat free!
11am 2nd Annual Sap Run Skijoring Race at Mt Ashwabay – 3k and 5k 1-dog skijoring races. $25 entry fee. All skill levels welcome. For more information or to register email email@example.com or call 715-779-3227.
11am-4:30pm Lifts and Chalet open at Mt Ashwabay
1-5pm Drop In Broomball at Wineries on Betzold Road – Celebrate Winter Festival with a game -or more!- of broomball! Get a team together or just drop in and play. Not interested in playing? Cheer on the players from the warming hut. Stop inside the Wineries for hot soup and grilled cheese, South Shore Brewery beers, Bayfield Winery & Seven Ponds Winery wines -try it hot and mulled! – as well as coffee, hot cocoa, and more.
1-4pm Open Swim at the Bayfield Rec Center
4-6pm Log Rolling and Water Polo at the Bayfield Rec Center – All ability and experience levels welcome!
February 21, 2019 – February 24, 2019
The “Birkie” returns to Hayward, providing year-round, healthy, active lifestyle events for thousands of adventurous spirits of all ages and abilities. Their slogan is SKI . RUN . BIKE . LIVE! It all began in 1973, when 35 determined skiers gathered on the starting line for the American Birkebeiner. Little did they know…they were about to change everything. Today, the Birkie provides year-round, healthy, active lifestyle events for thousands of adventurous spirits of all ages and abilities.
The official name of this main event is the Slumberland American Birkebeiner Cross-Country Ski Event. It’s North America’s largest and most prestigious X-C ski marathon; 12,000 skiers of all ages, genders and nationalities participate in the 51K Birkebeiner, the 24K Kortelopet, Prince Haakon 13K, the children’s Barnebirkie, Junior Birkie, Elite Sprints, and Family Fun Ski.
Other fun events include the Barkie Birkie Skijor and Giant Ski Competition (six people on one pair of skis. What-what?? Find out more here.) The Birkie is a year-round lifestyle choice for thousands of outdoor fitness enthusiasts of all levels. From its signature ski race, the legendary American Birkebeiner–Title Sponsor, Slumberland Furniture–the Birkie has grown into an exciting array of fitness and recreational opportunities. The 107-kilometer Birkie Trail system attracts skiers, runners, bikers, trekkers, and hikers, from casual day-trippers to elite superstars.
The Slumberland American Birkebeiner®:
- Spans 50 kilometers from Cable to Hayward for Skaters, and 55K for Classic Skiers
- North America’s largest cross-country ski marathon
- Attracts over 10,000 Birkie/Korte skiers
- Part of the Worldloppet circuit of 20 international ski marathons and part of the American Ski Marathon series of 13 races.
American Birkebeiner (the Birkie) Event Address:
10527 Main Street
Hayward, WI 54843
Check out a Birkie recap here!
February 16, 2019
The Northwoods Blizzard Blast is a “flurry of winter fun for everyone” in Conover, between Eagle River and Land O’Lakes along Highway 32 & U.S. 45 in the heart of the North Woods! Activities in Conover Community Park include ice bowling, the Dogsled Dash, recliner racing, sledding, face painting, fireworks, horse drawn sleigh rides, snow carving, snowshoe baseball, and an Artisan Bazaar in the adjacent Conover Community Center. Check out related events in Phelps and Land O’Lakes, too!
The Blizzard Blast Bazaar hosts numerous artisans and exhibitors with hand-crafted items, talents on display, food and beverages, and more. Admission is free for the Bazaar all day.
All of this activity is in Vilas County north of Eagle River. Follow U.S. 45 & Highway 32 north from Eagle River, past where Highway 17 veers off for its ride to Phelps. Conover is about 15 minutes north of Eagle River, and Land O’Lakes (plus the source of the Wisconsin River in Lac Vieax Desert) is just north of Conover.
Northwoods Blizzard Blast Addresses:
Conover Community Park
4697 Park Circle, just off U.S. 45/Hwy 32
Conover, WI 54519
Blizzard Blast Schedule of Events in Conover (subject to updates and changes):
Wed-Sat SNOW SCULPTING COMPETITION -$100 prize! $25 (team)
9am-4pm ARTISAN BAZAAR Free
9am-4pm FACE PAINTING Varies
10am-4pm HORSE DRAWN SCENIC RIDES $2-$5
10:15am X-COUNTRY FUN SKI & TRAIL TOUR $10
10am-4pm SLAP SHOT HOCKEY-Shot on goal, win a prize! $1
10am-4pm ICE BOWLING-Bowl at strike, win a prize! $1
10am-4pm WINTER CARNIVAL GAMES FOR KIDS $1 each
10am-4pm PONY RIDES $2
10am-4pm YOUTH ARCHERY DEMO Free
10am-4pm SNOW ART FUN FOR KIDS Free
10am-4pm SNOWBOARD DEMO & INSTRUCTION Free
10am-2pm SNOWSHOE BASEBALL GAMES Free
10pm-4pm SNOWSHOE DEMO BY HIKER BOX Free
12pm-3pm KID’S DOGSLED DASH-win a Musher’s Medal $2
10am-2:30 RECLINER RACE QUALIFYING LAPS $1
3pm RECLINER RACE FINALS-$100 prize! (register by 2:30pm) $20 (team of 3)
4 pm TROPHY PRESENTATION Free
Sandwiches, S’mores, snacks, soda & beer are available all day.
Toasty bonfires and heated restrooms are located throughout the park.
Stone Harbor Resort in Sturgeon Bay is the epicenter for the annual Fire & Ice Festival, happening February 16, 2019 right along the waters of the bay in Door County. Enjoy the beauty of winter at an event So Cool, it’s Hot!
Professional carvers begin working on their creations Friday, February 16th. Stroll the downtown streets as you watch things develop, and of course enjoy shopping, dine, imbibe in beverages, or just get your Fitbit steps in while you watch.
All the fun begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday with a citywide ice and snow carving competition featuring novice, intermediate, advanced, and professional artists.
Watch artists of all levels – beginner, intermediate, and advanced – sculpt “ice-terpieces” out of blocks of ice. Starting at 9am, carvers will start chipping and melting the ice to create an original sculpture. Carvers will be outside of the several Sturgeon Bay businesses competing for cash prizes.
In addition to ice carvings, professional carvers will be turning giant snow blocks into masterpieces. These snow sculptures will be scattered throughout the city.
Be sure to pick up a Fire & Ice brochure for a listing of the 20+ snow and ice block locations. Also included in the brochure is a People’s Choice Award ballot. You can find the Fire and Ice brochure here.
Cast your vote for your favorite ice block and drop it off in the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center office (36 S. 3rd Avenue). Winners are announced at 3 pm at the Sturgeon Bay Visitor Center.
But before you vote, be sure to take a trolley around to see all of the sculptures!
FIRE ON THE ICE
Happening in Martin Park from 10am-noon and 1-3pm is Fire on the Ice. Watch professional blacksmith James Viste forge metal and turn metal rods into something special.
Attendees have the chance to forge their own metal projects too! If you’re needing a place to warm up on the chilly day be sure to stop by Martin Park and check out the excitement.
For more information about the daytime activities, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (920) 743-6246.
Sturgeon Bay is the seat of Door County, right where the peninsula is split by the waters the city is named after. Highways 42 and 57 bring you in, and there’s plenty else to see while you’re there – and of course, beauty and adventure await further up the peninsula!
Fire & Ice Festival Address:
Downtown Sturgeon Bay & Stone Harbor Resort
107 N. 1st Avenue
Sturgeon Bay, WI 54235
February 7, 2019 – February 10, 2019
Fond du Lac hosts the Sturgeon Spectacular Thursday-Sunday February 7-10, 2019 on and along the south shores of Lake Winnebago. After all, the Sturgeon’s evolution dates back over 200 million years, haven’t they earned a multi-day celebration? The city at the “bottom of the lake” celebrates these famed “bottom feeders” with a top-drawer weekend of fun for all.
This quirky and fun take on a winter festival features events on the ice and off the ice. Enjoy activities indoors, outdoors and throughout the community. Highlights include a kick-off parade, live musical performances including Boogie and the Yo-yo’z, the hottest party band in Wisconsin, ice and snow carving, comedy shows and the hilarious Guys on Ice show. Whether you love outdoor hockey, kids zones, fat tire bike racing, chili crawls or warming up near a toasty bonfire, you and your family will NOT run out of things to do at this year’s Sturgeon Spectacular.
FREE EVENTS ALL WEEKEND LONG!
Friday events include the Sturgeon Stampede, Shantytown Fun at the Children’s Museum of Fond du Lac, the Wisconsin Snow Sculpting Competition, the Running of the Sturgeon Parade, and the Sturgeon Spectacular Kick-off Celebration and Concert. Get more info and details here!
Saturday events include the Girls Outdoor Hockey Tournament, Snow-ga, the Sturgeon Spectacular Fun Run & Dog Jog, the Winter Softball Classic, Lakeside Park Winter Fun Zone, “Spear the Fatty” at Lakeside Park, the Downtown Chili Crawl, Paint your own Sturgeon, ComedySports, and more! Get details here.
Sturgeon Spectacular Address:
71 Promen Drive (and locations throughout town)
Fond du Lac, WI 54935
February 2, 2019
The 2019 Fire & Ice Festival is a family-friendly fun event that warms up downtown on Groundhog Day, Saturday, February 2, 2019!
Centering on Racine’s Monument Square, the Fire & Ice Festival is a free community event designed to break you out of that winter cabin fever.
Ice carvers will be on hand to wow you with their icy creations. They’ll start their work at noon and shape huge blocks of ice right before your very eyes. If you grab a selfie with the finished sculptures, feel free to post use #fireandicefest to humble-brag.
You can carve a little yourself by taking advantage of the FREE ice skating rink on the square. Free ice skate rentals will be available from noon – 5:00 pm.
Enjoy a stroll through their vendor area to check out fabulous handmade crafts and get to know local small business owners. Get something to eat at one of the yummy food trucks on site. Or, grab a hot cup of cocoa and warm up by a fire. Yes, you read that right! What’s a Fire and Ice Festival without the fire? It’s a bonfire, actually. After the event, shake the chill off by heading over to McAuliffe’s on the Square for some warming drinks and some live music! You can also enjoy local, craft brews at Racine Brewing Company or an old-school diner burger at the Kewpee, just two blocks away.
Downtown Racine is an easy drive via Highways 11, 20, or 32 from I-41/94; Highway 38 also bring you in from the northwest. The “Belle City” offers up great kringle, great restaurants, the fantastic Racine Art Museum (aka the “RAM)”), and Monument Square will host First Fridays in Racine from April through December this year.
Racine Fire & Ice Festival Address:
December 15, 2018 – December 16, 2018
The Burlington Ice Festival offers art, fun, and plenty of ice Saturday, December 8th, 2018! Admire at least 15 ice sculptures carved on-site before your very eyes.
Each sculpture is carved from a 300-pound block of ice that has been frozen in a special process to ensure that the blocks are crystal clear. Live sculpture carving, a favorite viewing attraction, showcases ice carvers using hand tools transforming massive blocks of ice into an array of giant masterpieces. Ice carving begins around 10am Saturday, with judging for prizes around 4:30pm. That gives you much of the day to watch them construct these masterpieces, and you can continue to admire them until – well – Mother Nature says you can’t! When you’re not viewing the artists in action, take a ride in a horse-drawn wagon, see a reindeer, or visit Santa Claus! There’s no cost to attend.
While in Burlington, check out the Spinning Top & Yo-Yo Museum, the Burlington Farmers’ Market, the Burlington Historical Museum, the Malt House Theatre & the Haylofters, the Chocolate Experience Museum, or grab a burger at the legendary Fred’s, right on the downtown corner.
Burlington Ice Festival Address:
355 N. Pine Street
Burlington, WI 53105
Burlington Ice Festival Schedule of Events:
Saturday, December 15
• Ice carving competition: 10 am – 4 pm (Judge at 4 pm)
• Horse and wagon rides: 11 am – 3 pm
• Reindeer in the park: 11 am – 2 pm
• Cookie walk downtown: 12 pm – 4 pm
• Bonfires in the park & s’mores: 12 pm – 4 pm
• Carolers: 12 pm – 4 pm
• Santa in the Chalet: 2 pm – 4 pm
• Crafts for kids at the Library
• Carvings lit up at night!
Sunday, December 16
• State carving competition awards: 10:30 am
• Horse and wagon rides: 11 am – 2 pm
• Santa in the Chalet: 2 pm – 4 pm
• Hug a Husky at Mercantile Hall: 12:00 – 1:30 pm
• Bloody Marys & mimosas at Bubba’s Brickyard
• Carvings lit up at night!
Be sure to check out the Burlington Cookie Walk on Saturday, running at the same time!
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February 24, 2018
Winterfest 2018 is a family-friendly event in Marshfield (aka “Hub City”) highlighting the perks of Wisconsin winters. Marshfield Winterfest offers activities like a 400-Meter Kids Race, Cross Country Skiing, Snow Shoe 5k or 10k, and the Fat Tire Bike 5k or 10k. The 400-Meter (1/4 mile) course is perfect for the kids, while the 5k and 10k courses are made to challenge the winter sport enthusiast. All ages and abilities are welcome!
This year, there will also be Badger State Games events in Snowshoeing and Cornhole tournaments. See their Facebook page for more details!
Fat biking at Marshfield Winterfest, photo courtesy of Paula Jero/Hub City Times
Marshfield Winterfest Schedule (subject to change):
Time: 12:00pm Event Registration & Free Youth 400-Meter Race
12:30pm Cross Country Skiing
1:00pm Fat Tire Bike (5k and 10k)
1:30pm Snow Shoe (5k and 10k)
The Post-Race Celebration will feature food, beverages, and awards ceremony.
If you plan on participating, here are some Registration details!
Individuals (ages 19+): $30
Individuals (ages 11-18): $20
Children 10 years and under are free.
Awards will be given to the top 3 Marshfield Winterfest finishers in each race.
Stay and enjoy LIVE music during the afternoon and into the evening!
3:00 – G-Man
5:00 – Elated Sun
8:00 – The Big Deeks
Worth visiting for more than just Marshfield Winterfest, Marshfield is a fun city regardless of the season. Hit U.S. 10 or Highways 13, 80, or 97 to access what they call “Hub City,” named for both its historic hub for railroads and its location very close to the geographic center of Wisconsin.
Home to Marshfield Clinic, this city of 20,000 also hosts the Central Wisconsin State Fair (which includes the World’s Largest Round Barn) and features the Wildwood Zoo, the Blue Heron Brewpub, and a hopping main street in the form of Central Avenue. Marshfield is also along the Yellowstone Trail, part of the “Plymouth Rock to Puget Sound” highway that was among the first designated cross-country highways in the United States.
Marshfield Winterfest Address:
RiverEdge Golf Course
10191 Mill Creek Road
Marshfield, WI 54449
February 3, 2018 – February 4, 2018
Madison’s Elver Park becomes a wonderland of winter activities at the 14th annual Madison Winter Festival, attracting over 20,000 spectators, winter enthusiasts, and athletes! For the competition, they are bringing back the Ice Age Challenge ski race, once held in Spring Green. There will also be a 5K running race, high school ski races and a fat tire bike race. You can even take a run with your dog!
Check out the Movin’ Shoes Frosty 5K Run or the Ice Age Challenge Saturday afternoon. The Candlelight Ski & Snowshoe Tour takes place Saturday night. Sunday features the Elver Park Skijor Race and the Snowshoe Scurry. Either day, you can enjoy Snow Carving, Sledding, Ice Skating, Ice Hockey, and Cross-Country Skiing (you can learn, too!)
Local sporting-goods stores will be on site to help if you’ve never cross country skied or snowshoed before. The famed National Snow Sculpting Champs will be carving magic out of 4′ x 4′ 6′ blocks of snow for you to admire. Other fan favorites scheduled throughout the weekend include the Fat Bike Race, the Frosty 1.5 Mile Dog Jog, Kids’ Fun Run and other fun and festive outdoor activities.
Admission is FREE and the fun is practically unlimited! Activities open at 9:30am on Saturday, February 3rd and conclude at 4:00pm on Sunday, February 4th.
Elver Park is on the southwestern edge of Madison, accessed just off U.S. 12/14 (the Beltline) via Gammon Road and west/north off U.S. 18/151. U.S. 51 and Highways 30 and 113 also bring you to Madison, then just head southwest!
Madison Winter Festival Address:
1250 McKenna Boulevard
Madison, WI 53719
February 2, 2018 – February 3, 2018
Westby features a ski jump complex with five jumps in Timber Coulee, the largest of which is a 118-meter Olympic-sized hill used for national and international competitions. The Westby Snowflake Ski Jump Tournament happens the weekend of February 2-3 and it’s a blast!
The Large Hill Meet is held early each year in February and attracts not only U.S. ski jumpers but competitors from around the world. The four smaller hills at the site include a 65-meter hill and smaller 40, 20, and 10 meter hills for training junior jumpers. Numerous Olympic and world-class ski jumpers have competed at the Snowflake Ski Jumping Complex.
Even though the Winter Olympics are just a couple of weeks away, the Snowflake Ski Jump is expected to feature approximately 20 national and international athletes from countries including Norway, Finland, Slovenia and the United States.
On Thursday, Feb. 1, Snowflake will host hospitality night from 6-9 p.m.at the Westby Rod and Gun building in Timber Coulee where the 2017 Snowflake royalty, Queen Faith Gardner and her attendants, Alexis Mahan and Rebecca Buckles, will meet and greet visitors.
On Friday, Feb. 2, there will be a kick-off breakfast at Borgen’s Café from 7-10 a.m. Opening ceremonies for the ever-popular “Friday Night Under the Lights” night jump will be held at 7 p.m., with competition slated at 7:30 p.m. There will also be a long standing jump after the regular competition. Live music by “High Mileage” will complete the evening at the Westby Rod & Gun in Timber Coulee from 9 p.m.-1 a.m.
On Saturday Feb. 3, open training is scheduled from 9-11 a.m., followed by opening ceremonies at noon. Competition for the second day of the event kicks off at 12:30 p.m. followed by the long standing jump and awards ceremony. Weather permitting on Saturday there will be helicopter rides and horse-drawn wagon rides on the grounds. The ski club also funds a money pile for kids to collect coins. After the jump spectators are invited to attend a second live music event with “Blue Collar 40” at the Westby Rod & Gun from 3-7 p.m.
The 2017 ski button can be purchased in advance until Thursday, Feb. 1 for $15. After that time, buttons can be purchased at the gate the weekend of the event for $20. The button is good for both days of the tournament and are available at local businesses or can be purchased online. Children under 12 will be admitted free.
Snowflake is also once again teaming up with Logistics Health Inc. of La Crosse to sponsor free admission for veterans to the Snowflake Ski Jump. All current and former military service members, their spouses and their children (under the age of 18) will receive a special event button and be admitted to the two-day event free of charge.
Veterans or service members will need to show a current military ID card or other proof of service such as VFW, Legion, DAV current membership card, or a DD Form 214 (record of discharge) and photo ID. Military buttons are available only at the gate. For more information about the free veteran admission contact Tom Sharratt at 608-634-2118.
You can access the area via U.S. 14/61 and Highway 27; follow the signs and County Road P to Timber Coulee.
Westby Snowflake Ski Jump Address:
E7940 County Road P
Westby, WI 54667
February 2, 2018 – February 4, 2018
Cabin fever? Sick of winter? Shake off the winter blues at the Mount Horeb Area Scandihoovian Winter Festival the first weekend in February. Stroll, shop, eat, and play throughout one of Dane County’s most unique and charming villages and the beautiful areas that surround it. Saturday is the big day, but there will be a whole weekend full of indoor/outdoor events tailored for winter enthusiasts.
Mount Horeb’s main drag (Highway 78, historic U.S. 18/151) is not only called Main Street, but also the “Trollway.” The U.S. 18/151 freeway brings you to the area, as well as Highway 92 on top of Highway 78. Activities center in this area but are held all over the area, including the nearby Blue Mounds. Check the Schedule below for all the details!
Scandihoovian Winter Festival Address:
Mount Horeb & Blue Mounds Area
Mount Horeb, WI 53572
Scandihoovian Winter Festival Schedule:
Friday, February 2
10 a.m.-8 p.m. — Extended hours at the Driftless Historium
6-9 p.m. — Tomte Party at The Grumpy Troll
7 p.m.-close — Nisse Party at Norsk Golf Bowl
Saturday, February 3
All day — Snow sculpting, outside Evangelical Lutheran Church
All day — Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, Stewart Park
7-11 a.m. — Breakfast, Norsk Golf Bowl
9 a.m.-noon — Scandi-Fatty Bike Race, Norsk Golf Bowl
9-11 a.m. — Vintage Snowmobiles Show, Norsk Golf Bowl
9 a.m. — Snowshoe hike, Brigham County Park
10 a.m. — Norwegian Hardanger fiddlers and fiddle display, Mount Horeb Public Library
10 a.m.-noon — Red hat decorating hosted by Cat & Crow, District No. 1 Schoolhouse
10-11 a.m. — Beginner hockey skating lessons, Garfield Park rink
11 a.m.-noon — Intermediate hockey skating lessons, Garfield Park rink
11 a.m. — Book talk and signing by Ingrid Kallick, illustrator of “Two Tales from Norway,” Driftless Historium
11 a.m.-close — Scandihoovian meatball special, Grumpy Troll
Noon-9 p.m. — Ice skating, Garfield Park rink
Noon-3 p.m. — Tea-themed coloring activity, Telsaan Tea Shop
1-3 p.m. — Scandihoovian Adult Spelling Bee, District No. 1 Schoolhouse
1-3 p.m. — Family broom ball, Stewart Park
3 p.m. — Free family-friendly movie: “Trolls,” Cave of the Mounds
3-4 p.m. — Cupcake walk, Driftless Historium
5-6 p.m. — Frozen turkey bowling, Garfield Park rink
5:30-8:30 p.m. — Candlelight ski and hike, Blue Mound State Park
7:30 p.m. — Old Time Dance, District No. 1 Schoolhouse
Sunday, February 4
All day — Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, Stewart Park
All day — Tubing, Tyrol Basin
9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. — Rotary Pancake Breakfast and Optimist Silent Auction, Mount Horeb Middle School
Noon-3 p.m. — Tea-themed coloring activity, Telsaan Tea Shop
February 2, 2018 – February 4, 2018
Fish Creek Winter Festival will celebrate its 31st year in 2018! Fish Creek’s longest-standing tradition and Door County’s most notorious winter event features live music, quirky games, delicious food, wine tasting, the notorious “Fruit Loop Fun Run,” an entertaining Stumpf Fiddle Contest, a spectacular fireworks display and a “Smokin Hot” Chili Cook-Off…all under a heated tent overlooking the frozen waters of Green Bay.
Highway 42 will bring you to Fish Creek, just north of Egg Harbor and south of both Ephraim and Peninsula State Park. It’s one of the jewels of Door County, and there’s plenty of fun to be had at the Fish Creek Winter Festival all weekend!
2018 Fish Creek Winter Fest Schedule of Events:
Friday, February 2, 2018
-Adult Art Night (21+) at Hands On Art Studio, 6:30-10:00pm
-Gibraltar Music Boosters Present “Cat’s Pajamas Vocal Band,” at the Door Community Auditorium, 7:00pm
-Festivities in & around the heated tent in Clark Park, 10:00am-3:00pm
*Wild Winter Games Outside
*Fun Festive Games Inside
*Tasty Food & Drinks from the Villager’s Snowmobile Club
*Limited Edition Winter Fest Merchandise
-GHA presents “All Things Chocolate” at the Old Town Hall, 10:00am-4:00pm
-Lautenbach’s Winter Wine & Cherry Fest, 10:00am-4:00pm
*Cherry Pit Spitting Contest at 1:30pm
*For sleigh reservations call John Mayberry at (920) 421-1152
-FREE Trolley Rides throughout Town, 10:00am-5:00pm
-Chili Cook-Off participants bring their crockpots to the tent, 10:45am
-FREE Children’s Story Hour at the Fish Creek Library, 11:00am-12:00pm
-SOUP! Homemade ceramic tiles and a bountiful buffet at the Peninsula School of Art, 11:00am-3:00pm
-“Chili Cook-Off” Judging and Winners Announced- Main Tent, 12:00pm
-Stumpf Fiddle Contest-Main Tent, 2:30pm
-Special Performance by BEER BELLY IDOLS-Main Tent, 3:00pm-5:30pm
-Candlelight Ski/Hike at Peninsula State Park, 5:30pm-8:00pm
-Fireworks Display-Outside of Main Tent, 5:45pm
-Rock & Roll Snow Dance with BIG MOUTH at Alexander’s, 10:00pm-12:00am
Sunday, February 4, 2018
-Fruit Loop Fun Run-Begins & Ends at the Main Tent, 10:30am
Fish Creek Winter Festival Address:
4150 Maple Street
Fish Creek, WI 54212
January 27, 2018
Oconomowoc warms up the chilly January weather with its 9th annual Chili Fest on Saturday, January 27th! Ice sculptures and carvings along the downtown streets, ice and pond hockey on Fowler Lake, open family skating, a beer tent, and of course plenty of chili tastings.
Chili tastings are hosted by downtown businesses and local fundraising organizations with proceeds going to local charity. As you stroll downtown and stop in shops you can check out professional ice carvers who dot the downtown streets chiseling frozen blocks into works of art. A DJ and beer tent – which will also offer burgers and hot cocoa – are set up on the lake near the hockey tournament. A family skating rink is groomed nearby and an ice fishing clinic is also planned for the young anglers. It should be a fairly mild Saturday, so note ice conditions if you plan on skating.
While you stroll Wisconsin Avenue, check out a great burger at Crafty Cow, browse boutique shops, have a beer at Lakerz Sports Bar & Grill, and get a gander at the marker by City Hall commemorating the former location of the Strand Theatre, notable for being the place where the classic film The Wizard of Oz first premiered to audiences. Plenty of fun, food, skating, history, and more in this incredibly charming town at the western end of Waukesha County’s Lake Country.
Oconomowoc is where Highways 16 and 67 meet, just north of I-94’s Exit 282. The downtown is wedged between Lac La Belle and Fowler Lake and stroll along Wisconsin Avenue and Main Street reveals plenty of great shops, beautiful architecture, restaurants, historic markers, a dam, and much more. And of course on Saturday the 27th during Chili Fest, plenty of skating and chili!
Chili Fest Address:
133 E. Wisconsin Avenue (Highways 16 & 67, skipping the bypass)
Oconomowoc, WI 53066
January 26, 2018 – January 28, 2018
Hudson bursts with color in the middle of winter with the balloon-filled Hot Air Affair! The city celebrates its 29th year of hot air ballooning in 2018 and bumped it a week later than normal because of the Super Bowl in Minneapolis. Enjoy not only hot air balloons, but the torchlight parade with kazoo marching bands on Friday night, the Moonglow Saturday, a Marketplace and Craft Fair, pancake breakfast, smooshboarding, snow volleyball, geocaching, bird watching, dances, and much more.
Check out the “Up, Up & Away” 5K Fun Run & Walk, starting at 10am Saturday. The Taste of Hot Air Affair at the Hudson House Grand Hotel happens Saturday night with spirits, wine and beer tastings, chocolates and cheeses samplings, along with hot hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. The evening includes live music by Boondoggle, a wine pull and a silent auction fundraiser with proceeds from this event will be donated to Hudson Relay For Life, A Cloud Walkers Team Fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Tickets for Taste of Hot Air Affair are $15 pre-sale or $20 at the door.
Hudson is right along the gorgeous St. Croix River on the border with Minnesota, where I-94 and U.S. 12 enter the state. Highway 35 runs through the center of town. The beautiful Willow River State Park is nearby. Check out Hudson whenever you can, but if you can make it for Hot Air Affair, it’s definitely going to be a soaring good time!
Hot Air Affair Address:
Downtown Hudson as well as E.P. Rock Elementary School
13th & Summer Streets
Hudson, WI 54016
(715) 386-4011 or (800) 657-6775
January 13, 2018
The annual Jack Frost Festival let everyone enjoy a great family festival, held on the Yellow River Flowage in Spooner along U.S. 63 (near Tony’s, we’ve been there several times!). Check out hockey tournaments, open skating, a snowshoe jaunt, fat bike demos, turkey bowling, ribs and chili contests, minnow races, toilet paper toss, bonfire and s’mores bar, a regular bar in the form of Tony’s Riverside, other family events, and more. It takes place all day Saturday the 13th on the Yellow River Flowage in Spooner along U.S. 63, right in the heart of Washburn County.
You can also reach Spooner via Highway 70 or the U.S. 53 freeway. While traveling north on 53 you can angle over on Highway 253 (the old U.S. 53 prior to 1988), which brings you right into town and to the event!
Jack Frost Festival Address:
Spooner City Park
Spooner, WI 54801
Ready for some outdoor mid-January fun in the North Woods? The Arctic Warrior Race is back for the second year in St. Germain, a center of winter playground fun in Vilas County and the North Woods. The event’s full name, by the way, is the 2nd Annual Arctic Warrior Snowshoe and Winter Obstacle Course Race.
The Arctic Warrior 1k Kids and 5k or 10k Snowshoe Race will wind you through the beautiful trails in St. Germain and alongside the obstacle course race. The Arctic Warrior 5k or 10k Obstacle Course Race will wind around Little St. Germain Lake and through trails of towering pines that will challenge you though variety of adventure obstacles including: a stuck in snow tire shuffle, arctic stair challenge, frozen switchback climb, snowy tundra tunnel crawl and a frozen tire bike race to name a few.
The Obstacle Course Challenge is a Team event so bring your friends along (team sizes can range in size from 2-6). The Most Spirited Arctic Warrior Team will be recognized at 3:30 at the Wild Bear Grill & Pub. Proceeds from the Race will be shared with the St. Germain Non-Motorized Trail System Fund. Discover Wisconsin will be there filming, and co-host Eric Paulsen, who is also the “Head Tourer” for State Trunk Tour, will check out the action and may be talked into seeing how fast he can go on snowshoes (spoiler alert: not very.)
St. Germain holds the Snowmobile Hall of Fame, which is along Highway 70. Just up Highway 155 closer to Sayner, the Vilas County Museum holds the first true snowmobile, which was patented by Carl Eliason in 1924. This area definitely knows their winter sports and how to get around in the snow!
Arctic Warrior Race Address/HQ: