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January 17, 2020 – January 26, 2020

Waukesha JanBoree

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!

Heading downhill at Waukesha JanBoree

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.

Ice Sculpting at Waukesha JanBoreeWaukesha JanBoree Event Details:

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.

Start: January 17, 2020 4:00 pm
End: January 26, 2020 6:00 pm
Venue: Lowell Park
Phone: 262-524-3737
2201 Michigan Avenue, Waukesha, WI, 53188, United States

January 17, 2020 – January 19, 2020

Hot Chocolate Fest, Burlington

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:

Echo Park
589 Milwaukee Avenue
Burlington, WI 53105
(262) 763-6044

Pond Hockey at Hot Chocolate Fest, Burlington

A sweeping game of pond hockey at last year’s Hot Chocolate Fest in Burlington. (Photo courtesy of the Racine Journal Times.)

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Start: January 17, 2020 5:00 pm
End: January 19, 2020 4:00 pm
Venue: Echo Park
Phone: 262-763-6044
589 Milwaukee Avenue, Burlington, WI, 53105, United States
Cost: Free

January 29, 2020 – February 2, 2020

Lake Geneva Winterfest & the U.S. Nationals Snow Sculpting Competition

Lake Geneva celebrates winter like no other place. Winterfest is a brouhaha of shopping, dining, music, magic, refreshments, and activities including thrilling helicopter rides over the town and lake. It’s capped off, of course, by the amazing designs and creativity of the U.S. Nationals Snow Sculpting Competition – right along the lake at the Riviera – where fifteen teams of the most talented snow sculptors and artists from around the country gather to compete for a national title. The entire competition is open to the public, so Winterfest attendees can actually watch the artists at work!



Of course, there’s a lot more to Winterfest. Check out the Human Dog Sled Race, the Abominable Snow Race, magic shows, helicopter rides, a chili cook-off, and incredible deals at local hotels and restaurants throughout the downtown and surrounding areas!

Winterfest activities focus on downtown Lake Geneva, which lies right along Highway 50. U.S. 12 and Highway 120 are close to the east and Highway 67 is a few miles to the west near Delavan. It’s easy to get to – and a total blast!



A horse-drawn carriage ride through Lake Geneva is perfect on a winter day.

Lake Geneva Winterfest & U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition Address:

Downtown Lake Geneva/Riviera Park
201 Wrigley Drive
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
(262) 248-4416

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Start: January 29, 2020
End: February 2, 2020
Venue: Riviera Park
Phone: 262-248-4416
201 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva, WI, 53147, United States
Cost: Free

January 31, 2020 – March 10, 2020

Ice Castles Lake Geneva

Ice Castles Wisconsin expands in a new location in Lake Geneva this year

Lake Geneva is beautiful and fun enough already, but with the Ice Castles coming again to a new, larger location this winter it gets even better!

Six days a week from January 31st (tickets go on sale Monday, January 20th) through mid-March (weather permitting, it’s already been a tricky year with the weather), the massive ice castles compound can be explored and enjoyed by the whole family. The artistic project began in October, one of five projects in North America by Ice Castles LLC, a Utah-based company with similar projects in New Hampshire, Minnesota, Utah, and Alberta, Canada. One of the most unique and amazing facts about the Ice Castles is that they are literally built by hand. They grow more than 5,000 icicles each day that they harvest and sculpt together.

These Ice Castles create life-size winter playgrounds, with illuminated inside the castles at night with color-changing LED lights that twinkle to music. You can explore ice-carved tunnels, fountains, slides, frozen thrones, and towering ice formations. This is truly something to dazzle the entire family.

This mega-complex of ice will be at the Grand National Resort and Club, just west of downtown Lake Geneva off Highway 50. How long will it last? Depends on the weather, of course, but they’ll keep it open into March if they can. You can keep up with the construction of Ice Castles and weather conditions, which will be continuously updated, on their Facebook page.

Ice Castles Wisconsin slide

Tickets will be on sale shortly. Admission prices are:

$16.99 Adults 12 & older
$11.99 Children ages 4-11
Children under 4 are FREE

$20.99 Adults 12 & older
$15.99 Children ages 4-11
Children under 4 are FREE

Be prepared to hit U.S. 12 or Highways 50 or 120 to get to Lake Geneva and experience Ice Castles Wisconsin and the magic of the winter season!

Ice Castle at night

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Ice Castles Lake Geneva Address:

Geneva National Resort & Club
1091 Hidden Cottage Circle
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
(262) 248-4416

Pulled from their website, here are some “Tips for a great experience” to Ice Castles Lake Geneva:

  • Wear Boots! The walking surface inside Ice Castles is made of crushed ice. Walking in boots is definitely best.
  • Buy Tickets Before You Arrive! When you buy a ticket, you buy an arrival time. They ask that you arrive within your 30-minute time window. Once you are inside Ice Castles you can stay as long as you’d like.
  • You can save some trees when you buy your tickets online; they’ll send you an email with a unique QR code, so there’s no need to print your tickets. They scan the code right from your phone.
  • Photos are encouraged (and they want to see them! #icecastles) but they ask that you please leave photography equipment such as tripods and lights at home.
  • Sleds are great, and they highly recommend bringing a small sled to pull children instead of a stroller. It is extremely difficult to push a stroller through Ice Castles – think of it like trying to push a stroller on a sandy beach)

Find out more about Lake Geneva HERE.

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Start: January 31, 2020
End: March 10, 2020
Venue: Riviera Beach
Phone: 262-248-4416
812 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva, WI, 53147, United States