Calendar of Events
February 15, 2020 – February 16, 2020
The annual Cedarburg Winter Festival hits the heart of Cedarburg’s ridiculously beautiful and historic downtown along Washington Avenue (Historic Highway 57) Saturday, February 15th & Sunday, February 16th, 2020. With the new decade here, this year’s theme is “The Roaring 20s”!
Activities run from 8am to 9pm on Saturday, and 8am to 4pm on Sunday. The popular Ice Carving Contest sets the stage along the city’s main street, where 300-pound blocks of ice will be transformed into glistening pieces of Superhero-inspired art by talented ice carvers.
A tractor-drawn hay wagon provides a great view, but fest-goers who opt to stroll along Washington Avenue and prefer being outside can test their endurance by enjoying camel rides, egg hunts, sledding, ice skating or watching an old-fashioned dog pull.
Also make sure to stop in to the Cedarburg History Museum and the Cedarburg Visitors Center during the Cedarburg Winter Festival (and tell them you saw them on StateTrunkTour.com)! Doors will be open Saturday, Feb. 15th from 10am-4pm and Sunday, Feb. 16th from 12- 4pm. Cedarburg’s newest treasure houses the former General Store Museum, the Rappold-Dobberpuhl historic photograph collection, as well as a current exhibit.
Fest-goers can shake off the cold on Saturday at the Chili Contests taking place at the Community Center. Celebrity judging will begin at 11am for Saturday’s competition for individual entrants; during the competition, audience members can win great prizes donated by our generous downtown merchants.
Coinciding with the individual chili contest, festival attendees can buy sampler platters and vote for their favorite restaurant entries from 11am – 4pm in the Community Center. The Wisconsin Museum of Quilts & Fiber Arts will host a “make and take” along with coffee/cocoa and sweets bar on Saturday, and enjoy the “Upstairs Marketplace” with mittens, jewelry, hats, art, oils, dressings, candles and much more.
The Cedar Creek Settlement celebrates Cedarburg Winter Festival with live music on the Settlement’s main floor from 1:30 – 4:30pm Saturday, and from noon – 3pm on Sunday. While you’re indoors, stop into Cedar Creek Winery and the other settlement stores for complimentary samplings and unique gifts and treasures in more than 25 boutique shops! Some shops will be offering crafts & activities in celebration of the festival. On the way out enjoy a stop at the Anvil Pub & Grille’s outdoor bar and chili bar.
Be sure to catch the Cedarburg Winter Festival Grand Parade at 1pm Saturday, with themed bed racing teams as well as fire trucks, costumed characters, and other fun participants. The parade heads down Washington Avenue to Riveredge Drive for the start of the popular and hilarious Costumed Bed Races at 1:30pm sponsored by Verlo.
Harboring a musical talent? The Cool Notes Musical Talent Competition sponsored by Festivals of Cedarburg and the Cedarburg Cultural Center is the place you want to be on Saturday from 1:30 – 5:00pm. This Winter Festival competition is intended to recognize talent in Cedarburg and surrounding communities. Vocalists and instrumentalists will be showcased during the competition at the Cedarburg Cultural Center. Cash prizes will be awarded to the top three winners plus a chance for the 1st place winner to play on the main stage at the Cedarburg Wine & Harvest Festival held in September. Click here for a registration forms are available ($10 registration fee.)
For grown-up fun on Saturday evening from 7:00 – 9:00pm, stop by Cool Brew & Tunes at the Community Center for live music! Taste craft beers while you enjoy appetizers from local restaurants, a raffle and live music. Dress as your favorite Superhero! Tickets to the event are $28 per person – Tickets will be available online soon or buy at the Community Center during the day until 4:00 p.m. as well as at the door starting at 7:00 p.m. if supplies last (cash only).
Sunday will dawn with the popular Pancake Breakfast at the Community Center from 8:00am to 11:30am. Enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes & two sausages for just $6 for adults, and $4 for kids ages 4-10. (Kids three and under are free.) The event includes children’s activities, and at 10:30am the “under 7 set” will venture outdoors to hunt for hidden treats during the Egg Hunt. Remember to bring a bag or container for the eggs. All proceeds from the pancake breakfast benefit the Cedarburg High School Robotics Club.
On Sunday from 10:00am – 4:00pm, top dogs will compete in the Dog Weight Pull Competition sponsored by the Alaskan Malamute Club of Wisconsin and Fromm Foods.
From 12:30 – 4:00pm on Sunday, enjoy the 3rd Annual Dodgeball Tournament sponsored by Dad’s Club of Thorson Elementary School. Located inside the Community Center at W63 N641 Washington Avenue. 12:30pm – Brat Grill Off; 2:00pm – 4:00pm – Dodgeball Tournament. Registration fees: Youth ages 5-8; Tween ages 9-12; Teens ages 13-17 $5/per child. Adults (18+); Seniors (55+) $10/person.
Cedarburg Winter Festival Address:
Cedarburg, WI 53012
February 14, 2020 – February 16, 2020
Hit the Lakelawn Resort on Delavan Lake for free winter thrills during the 7th Annual Sky Circus on Ice February 14-16, 2020! This three-day spectacle will feature exciting airborne performances by professional kite teams from across North America, plus snow sculpting and ice carving by top regional artists. Kite making workshops and a mix of outdoor activities and games for all ages will round out the fun.
Check out the grand launches scheduled for 11 am both Saturday and Sunday as over 400 kites take flight. Between their synchronized kite performances, experts will provide flying instruction and handy tips to attendees as they harness winter winds with their own kites out on the frozen lake. Activities and displays spread throughout downtown Delavan will also take place.
See the rest of the Schedule of Events below!
You can get to Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan via Highway 50 and 67, just south of I-43. Parking is available at Lake Lawn Resort, at the Lake Lawn Airport, and Downtown Delavan. A complimentary trolley runs Saturday and Sunday between Lake Lawn Resort and the following locations from 9:30am – 5:30pm: Lake Lawn Resort, the Super 8, Downtown Delavan, and the Comfort Suites.
Sky Circus on Ice Address:
Sky Circus on Ice Schedule of Events:
Friday February 14 – Sunday February 16
Snow Sculptures & Ice Carvings @ Lake Lawn Resort and Downtown
Friday – Sunday with final judging to take place on Sunday at 5:00pm
Snow Carving class led by professional carvers @ Lake Lawn Resort
Saturday and Sunday from 1:30pm – 3:00pm
Blizzard Run Snow Slide along Lakefront at Lake Lawn Resort
Friday – Sunday from 10:00am – 4:00pm
Kite-Making Workshop for All Ages in Lake Lawn Room at Lake Lawn Resort
Saturday and Sunday beginning at 10:00am – 4:00pm ongoing for fee of $4.00 per person
Aerial Candy Drop Sponsored by Andes Candies
Saturday and Sunday afternoon during performances
Outdoor Kite Activities Saturday & Sunday at Lake Lawn Resort
Team warm-ups begin at 10:00am
Flying lessons begin at 11:00am and throughout the day
Opening ceremonies begin at 11:30am
Grand Kite Launch Sponsored by Gift of Wings Saturday and Sunday at 12:00pm
Outdoor team performances from 12:00pm – 5:00pm
Kids Mad Dash Sponsored by Lake Geneva Country Meats – First 100 kids to sign up and participate will receive free kites! Lakeside at approximately 2:30pm
Indoor Kite Performances at Lake Lawn Resort
Multiple daily performances by Connor Doran from NBC’s “America’s Got Talent” in our Great Room. Shows last approximately 45-50 minutes, and begin at:
Friday – 8:00pm, Saturday – 1:00pm, 2:00pm, 4:00pm, Sunday 12:30pm, 1:30pm
Windowed hallways along the lakefront inside the resort provide ample views of the performances. Refreshments and beverages will be available.
Overnight packages will be available.
There will be parking available at Lake Lawn Resort, at the Lake Lawn Airport, and Downtown Delavan.
There will be a complimentary trolley running Saturday and Sunday between Lake Lawn Resort and the following locations from 9:30am – 5:30pm:
Lake Lawn Resort
February 14, 2020 – February 16, 2020
Ashland’s Book Across the Bay is one of the upper Midwest’s most unique winter events, open to over 4,000 skiers and snowshoers of all ages and ability levels. The 10-kilometer course, which is groomed for both classic-style and skate skiing, starts in Ashland and ends in Washburn, and follows a route not on land, but over the frozen surface of Lake Superior, the world’s largest lake. The event is held at night, and the course is lit by the stars above and up to 1,000 candles in ice luminaries that line the entire route!
This is a point-to-point race that starts in Ashland and ends in Washburn. Please plan your transportation accordingly. They strongly urge you to park your car in Washburn near the finish area at Thompson’s West End Park just off Highway 13, and catch a shuttle to Ashland before the race. Buses will run from Washburn to Ashland from 1:00–5:00 pm prior to the race.
The race itself starts in waves, from competitive skiers and snowshoers to recreational, and then walkers who may prefer not to be timed. The start area is at Maslowski Beach, which is located along U.S. Highway 2 at the far west end of Ashland. The finish line is in Washburn, on the bay near Thompson’s West End Park. A heated tent will be set up there for the post-race chili feed, beer and soda, music and awards.
Participate, or just marvel at it. It’s a fun party and the area is beautiful this time of year – as long as you’re bundled up properly!
U.S. 2 and Highway 13 are the main highways to and from Ashland. U.S. 63 guides you there from western Wisconsin, and local Highways 112 and 118 help you navigate the area. More things to do for this event in Ashland are available below.
Book Across the Bay Address:
Maslowski Beach Park
U.S. Highway 2 West
Ashland, WI 54806
Book Across the Bay Events:
HHG on Valentine’s Day Concert: Friday, February 14
The group Horseshoes & Hand Grenades will perform at the big Book Across The Bay tent in Washburn Friday night, February 14th (yes, Valentine’s Day), while you enjoy a variety of craft beers from local craft breweries! Doors open at 5pm and the music starts at 7pm. Tickets will be available at the door as well as online at $15 per person with BATB registration, or $20 for the concert only.
Featuring great brews from:
White Winter Meadery, Cidery & Distillery
Castle Danger Brewery
Earth Rider Brewery
South Shore Brewery
Bent Paddle Brewing Co.
Numerous “Book Across the Bay” Events Saturday, February 15, both in and near Ashland:
Check out the Northern Pines Sled Dog Race, Saturday morning at 9am at Northern Pines Golf Course and Event Center located at 69420 Airport Road, Iron River, just down U.S. 2. More info at 715-372-8558.
Glidden Snobears Annual Fundraiser Toilet Seat Races, Chinese Auction/ Chili & Soup Cook Off at Roxy’s Bar in Glidden. Registration 11am, race at 12noon, Chinese auction starts at 12noon, and drawing at 3pm. Get a chance to win Las Vegas Package, casino getaways, and gift certificates! Soup Chili Cook-off from noon-3pm. Judging at 3pm. Meat & Bucket Raffle to benefit the club. For rules and regulations or more information, contact Jeff at 715-264-6242.
Bar Stool Races in Drummond on Brian Miller Hill behind the Black Bear Inn on Hwy. 63, Drummond. Registration is at 11am, race starts at 12pm. For more information, call 715-739-6313 or visit www.drummondwi.com.
The Main Event: the Book Across the Bay Race! Join them in their heated Start Line tent on Race Day. The pre-race Expo hosts 20 local businesses & vendors ranging from Food & Beverage to Outdoor Sporting Goods and Crafts & Photography. Free admission and Family friendly! Have your skis waxed, browse gear, art, and mingle while you wait for the 24th annual Book Across The Bay race. Start gun at 6pm!
Sunday, February 16: Bike Across the Bay
Bike Across the Bay at 10am, hosted by North Coast Cycling Association. The race will start from the Washburn Shore. Registration will be from 8:30-9:30am at the Harbor View Event Center, 130 Harbor View Dr, Washburn. Get more info at www.northcoastcycling.com.
January 29, 2020 – February 2, 2020
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!
Lake Geneva Winterfest & U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition Address:
Downtown Lake Geneva/Riviera Park
201 Wrigley Drive
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
January 24, 2020 – February 9, 2020
The Lantern Festival at the Racine Zoo is a spectacular nighttime event, covering the zoo with incredible works of art! From tigers, lions, pandas, exotic flora, and a colossal dragon, Racine Zoo will be transformed into a world of illumination with custom-made lanterns. To top it off, an array of food and drink options will make the Lantern Festival a truly unforgettable event.
The Racine Zoo Lantern Festival continues in 2020 to run on weekends through February 9th.
Lantern Festival Hours:
Fridays – Sundays: 5pm – 8pm (Last entry 8pm. Zoo closes at 9pm.)
Ticket Prices: $5!!
Kids 2 and under are admitted free.
**Children 15 and younger need to be accompanied by a paying adult**. Also, note a $2.50 processing fee may be added if you pay with a credit card at the gate. But still, that’s a great deal!
Racine Zoo Lantern Festival Address:
2131 N. Main Street
Racine, WI 53402
January 22, 2020 – January 26, 2020
The Milwaukee Boat Show is Wisconsin’s largest, motoring through January 17-19 and 22-26, 2020 with over 300 boats from over 80 manufacturers. Motor yachts to 48 feet to aluminum fishing boats, ski boats, pontoons, runabouts & jet skis, plus dock systems & marine accessories.
It happens at the Wisconsin State Fair Park Exposition Center at the corner of Highways 59 & 181 (84th & Greenfield) in West Allis, just south of I-94 and U.S. 18 and east of I-41/I-894/U.S. 45 and Highway 100.
Friday, January 17: 3pm-9pm
Saturday, January 18: 10am-9pm
Sunday, January 19: 10am-5pm
Closed Monday and Tuesday, January 20-21
Wednesday, January 22: 3pm-9pm
Thursday, January 23: 3pm-9pm
Friday, January 24: noon-9pm
Saturday, January 25: 10am-9pm
Sunday, January 26: 10am-5pm
Children 12 and under with paid adult: FREE
Milwaukee Boat Show Address:
Expo Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park
8200 W. Greenfield Avenue
West Allis, WI 53214
January 18, 2020
The 11th annual Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest brings a ton of brewers and cheesemakers from around Wisconsin and adjoining states to Madison, where you can meet and mingle with them while sampling hundreds of varieties. This is quite the warm, happy, and fun celebration right in the midst of winter.
The Isthmus is celebrating 11 years of the Beer & Cheese Fest, and in true Spinal Tap salute, they’re “turning it up to 11” with more breweries and cheesemakers than ever! Piano Fondue Dueling Pianos will perform and take requests; Silent Disco will also be there providing entertainment.
General admission tickets ($50) grant festival entry from 2 p.m. – 6 p.m. and include unlimited sampling and an Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest tasting glass. “Premium Tickets” ($85) allow for a more intimate atmosphere with early access to exclusive tappings & tastings from noon – 2 p.m. Premium Ticket purchases also include an official Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest t-shirt, a tasting glass, and a meal from their Food Court Cart inside the Alliant Energy Center. Either way, it’s a great afternoon experiencing some of Wisconsin’s best eats and drinks.
Tickets tend to sell out every year, so if you want to go, score them sooner rather than later. Of course, you must be 21 to attend. Shuttle rides are available from HopCat (222 W. Gorham Street), Great Dane’s Hilldale location (357 Price Place), and One Barrel Brewing Company (2001 Atwood Avenue.) Parking for the Alliant Energy Center Exhibition Hall is accessible through the Main Gate and costs $7. A coat check (it’ll be January, after all) will be available for $2. You can purchase tickets online here. starting October 3rd, 2019.
You’ll find the Alliant Energy Center on Madison’s south side, right off the Beltline (U.S. 12 & U.S. 18) near Rimrock Road and John Nolen Drive. U.S. 14, 51, and 151 and Highways 30 and 113 are all nearby.
Isthmus Beer & Cheese Fest Address:
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.
January 17, 2020 – January 18, 2020
Happening quarterly, Gallery Night & Day is one of the premier art events in Milwaukee. It’s the “Ultimate Art Weekend,” with over 50 venues throughout the Third Ward and Downtown that serve as showcases for viewing art from paintings to sculptures to other creative outlets. Bars and restaurants stay open later than usual Friday night, while Saturday is a prime time to continue the gallery gallivanting while also enjoying the area’s unique and eclectic selection of shops.
Along with art galleries, Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward is filled with boutique shops like Lela, Bangles & Bags, Shoo, Stephanie Horne Boutique, MILWORKS, Lizzibeth, Drybar, Too Much Metal, MODA3, and more. You’ll also find Anthropologie, Designs Within Reach, Restoration Hardware, The Home Market, Francesca’s, Mod Gen, Retique, Warby Parker, Lululemon Athletica, Royal Enfield, and more. You can also stop in Broken Bat Brewery for craft beer, Vino 100 for a fantastic selection of wines. Numerous restaurants in the Third Ward offer everything from bar food to Asian fusion, American and Korean barbecue, and Italian – plus Shake Shack (and competitor Wahlburgers will open Tuesday, January 21st!) The Milwaukee Public Market draws visitors from all over and offers takeaway and ready-to-eat food, drinks, and sundries in one dynamic setting.
This quarter, Gallery Night runs Friday and Saturday, January 17th and 18th. Activities begin late afternoon Friday and run through Saturday afternoon. I-43/94, I-794, U.S. 18, and Highway 32 are all amidst where it takes place; Highways 38, 59, and 145 get you close! The city has signs directing you to the Third Ward from the Marquette Interchange. You’ll also notice the tracks from the new Milwaukee Streetcar.
Full details and venue listings are available on their website. You’ll find the latest listings of shops, galleries, bars, restaurants, and more – things develop and change quickly in the Third Ward!
Gallery Night & Day Address:
Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward
300 N. Broadway (and all over the area)
Milwaukee, WI 53202
January 17, 2020 – January 18, 2020
Prairie du Sac and Sauk City, collectively known as Sauk Prairie, is the home of Bald Eagle Watching Days along the Wisconsin River. Bald eagles naturally flock to Prairie du Sac every winter to fish the river’s open waters. Check out Birds of Prey shows, an eagle release, guided bus tours, Native American legends, aerial antics, and family activities at this free, family-friendly event Friday, January 17th and Saturday, January 18th.
For winter survival, eagles need open water for fishing, undeveloped shoreline with large trees for perching, and sheltered valleys for night-time roosting. Eagle watching is best during the morning when the birds are most active fishing and are frequently seen perching in trees along the river. Spotting scopes are available for your use at Ferry Bluff Eagle Council’s Overlook in Prairie du Sac.
Marge from REGIS (the Raptor Education Group Inc.) will be releasing up to 3 eagles, including one “magnificent” adult, starting at 1 p.m. on Saturday, January 19, 2019. Eagle release is held at VFW Park in Prairie du Sac.
Check out this video about the event from last year:
Prairie du Sac and neighboring Sauk City are often combined to be called “Sauk Prairie.” These two towns not only birthed Culver’s restaurants and host bald eagles in winter, they have a variety of great shops, galleries, restaurants, bars, and more. Vintage Brewing recently opened a satellite brewery in Sauk City and the riverfront views are fantastic across both towns. Highways 60 and 78 run through the heart of each downtown, while U.S. 12 provides high-speed access on the west side to Madison and Wisconsin Dells. Highway 188, on the other side of the river, offers access to the Wollersheim Winery & Distillery. You can truly make this an awesome road trip day or weekend!
Address for Bald Eagle Watching Days:
River Arts Center
105 9th Street (Highways 60/78)
Prairie du Sac, WI 53578
January 16, 2020 – January 19, 2020
Since 1964, Eagle River has hosted the World Championship Snowmobile Derby. Hosting oval, snocross and vintage racing, the World Championship Snowmobile Derby is not only the largest and most prestigious snowmobile competition in the sport, it is one of the highest-ranking winter sports events in the Midwest and recognized around the world. It’s the Indy 500 of the snowmobiling world, attracting more than 40,000 spectators annually. Hundreds of snowmobilers from juniors in boys and girls categories to the best competitors in the world compete in snocross and ice oval racing, grabbing huge air and hitting speeds of 100 mph on the straightaways!
Fans travel from all over the United States, Canada and beyond to watch more than 500 international drivers race their high-tech snowmobiles at speeds in excess of 100 miles per hour on a solid ice oval, or marvel at the high-flying snocross pilots as they maneuver over the demanding snocross course.
Plenty of action takes place each day Thursday, January 16th through Sunday, January 19th, when the World Derby Championship starts at 3pm. Enjoy the action up close by the track or warm up in the Expo Hall, where you can shop for great stuff, imbibe on hot food and cold beer, or watch the action on TVs in the upstairs bar. You can reserve indoor Hot Seats by calling the Derby Office at 715-479-4424; there are also Motorhome Spots available trackside.
Tickets range from day passes for $25 to VIP Fan Passes for all days ($275), skyboxes and more. Get details here.
The Derby Complex (newly named in 2019) is on the north side of Eagle River, right along U.S. 45 and Highways 17 and 32. Highway 70 is just to the south in the downtown area. It’s definitely one of the winter highlights of the year!
World Championship Snowmobile Derby Address:
January 10, 2020 – January 12, 2020
Eagle River lays claim to “Snowmobile Capital of the World,” and with good reason! The Derby Complex there hosts of the biggest snowmobile races on the planet, including the World Championship Vintage Snowmobile Derby! It hits Eagle River’s world-famous Derby Track January 10-12, 2020 for some great action on classic snowmobiles. This takes place the weekend before the World Championships at the track.
Check out the list of races on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday – it’s huge. Enjoy the action right by the track or warm up in the Expo Hall, where there’s plenty to shop for, eat, and drink – including at the upper level bar, which shows the track’s live action on TV.
World Championship Vintage Snowmobile Derby Address:
1311 Railroad Street (along Hwy 17/Hwy 32/U.S. 45)
Eagle River, WI 54521
Friday, January 10th—$25
Saturday, January 11th—$25
Sunday, January 12th—$25
Super 3 Day Ticket (January 10-12, 2020)
$50 before December 1, 2019
$65 after December 15, 2019
$75 after January 13, 2019
Super 3 Day Ticket—HOT SEAT (January 10-12, 2020)
$150 before December 1, 2018
$175 after December 15, 2018
$200 after January 13, 2019
Track Side Motor Home Parking (January 10-12, 2020)
Includes (1) General Admission Ticket, each passenger must purchase a General Admission Ticket. Carry-ins ALLOWED to a limit of 2 Cases of beer—24 packs & 1 bottle of Liquor.
January 4, 2020 – January 5, 2020
Plan your dream wedding with guidance from the nearly 200 exhibitors at this year’s Wonderful World of Weddings in the Expo Center at Wisconsin State Fair Park. See the latest trends in wedding gowns, tuxedos, photographers, florists, music, and more. Sample wedding cakes and food tastings from local restaurants and catering companies! They’ve been hosting the Wonderful World of Weddings for over 50 years and are known as Wisconsin’s oldest, largest, and most prestigious wedding event. You won’t want to miss it! You know, if you like weddings or are planning on being in one…
Saturday, January 4: 10am – 4pm
Sunday, January 5: 10am – 4pm
Adult (13 and over): $12.00 ($8 in advance HERE)
Children (12 and under): FREE
Advanced tickets are available to purchase online only.
For more information prior to the show, check out their website or call 262-719-8890 or 414-727-8862.
Wonderful World of Weddings Address:
December 31, 2019 – January 1, 2020
The Plymouth Arts Center, touting Plymouth as the “Cheese Capital of the World,” is doing its 12th annual Big Cheese Drop and New Year’s Eve party again this year, dropping (not cutting) the Cheese at 10pm instead of midnight to make it a family event! The Sartori Company is donating free cheese gift bags to the first 250 families in attendance so you’ll already be off to a delicious start.
Enjoy live music from Bella Musik & the Honeygoats, plus free hot cocoa at the bonfire that lights up around 8:30 pm in the Plymouth Arts Center Plaza. At 10 pm, witness the Sartori Big Cheese Drop as they lower a large wedge of cheese from a crane. The music then continues in the building until 2020, with a free champagne toast at midnight and a free Cheese appetizer table donated by the Sartori Company. Feel free to bring your noisemakers, hats and good cheer! Visitors are welcome to bring an appetizer or dessert to share, and a cash bar will be available.
This should make national news (again), since it’s been on the list for the top 10 things to do on New Year’s Eve for many years. All the details are on the Plymouth Arts Center website. While in downtown Plymouth, admire all the cool murals and decor along the historic downtown blocks, filled with great shops, restaurants, bars, and more.
Why is Plymouth the “Cheese Capital”? Well, it’s rooted in the fact that the price of cheese in the United States was designated at the Wisconsin Cheese Exchange in downtown Plymouth, beginning in 1918. The Cheese Exchange pricing and standards were the platform for cheese pricing until 1956. During these decades Plymouth became known as “Cheeseville” because of the cheese storage facilities, the processing of cheese and shipping of product throughout the country. Today, over 15% of the cheese consumed in the U.S. goes through the city.
Address for the Big Cheese Drop in Plymouth for New Year’s Eve:
Plymouth Arts Center
520 E. Mill Street
Plymouth, WI 53073
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December 31, 2019 – January 1, 2020
Forget the “Big Apple” – go “Big Cherry”! The 3rd annual Door County Cherry Drop takes place this New Year’s Eve in Sister Bay to ring in 2020. This new event takes place after the 6th annual “In With a Bang!” New Year’s Eve Fireworks Show, the only major fireworks show on the Door Peninsula. And really, what better way to say goodbye to 2019 and hello to 2020 in Door County than by dropping a giant cherry up to the stroke of midnight?
Begin with the fireworks, scheduled for 8:00 pm on Tuesday, December 31, at the Sister Bay Marina along Highway 42. They’re promising the biggest finale ever for the fireworks this year – even though they say that every year. Before and after the fireworks show, check out the village restaurants and bars for their celebration menus and specials. The fireworks are sponsored by the Village of Sister Bay.
Top off your evening with the 3rd Annual Door County Cherry Drop, presented by one of our favorite Wisconsin radio stations, FM 106.9 The Lodge. Enjoy live music and libations at both Husby’s & Sister Bay Bowl, and then The Lodge will warm up the event with the biggest party tunes of all time starting at 10:30pm, broadcasting live from both Husby’s and The Sister Bay Bowl. Shortly before midnight, the giant sparkling cherry will drop in Sister Bay and welcome in 2020. You should too! The party continues for a while because, as you know, you have to keep it going for a while once a new year begins.
Find out more about the event in my State Trunk Tour podcast discussion with Jaime Forest from the Door County Radio Group! Listen on your free iHeartRadio app here or right on this page via Spreaker below:
You’ll find the festivities for the 6th annual In With A Bang! Fireworks show and the 3rd annual Door County Cherry Drop along Highway 42 in Sister Bay, where Highway 57 ends. You’ll probably want to stay overnight, so find lodging and other resources at ComeToSisterBay.com.
Door County Cherry Drop & In With a Bang! Fireworks Show Address:
December 26, 2019 – December 31, 2019
Carp Fest: New York drops a lit ball at New Years’ Eve; Prairie du Chien drops a carp!
Yes, Prairie du Chien drops a real carp on New Year’s Eve. The carp, caught in the Mississippi, is named “Lucky”, and then frozen until New Years’ Eve. Lucky is then adorned with makeup and lights and lowered via crane. As soon as they ring in the New Year, people can kiss Lucky for good luck.
How’s that for a New Years’ Eve fish story?
Prairie du Chien, always down for a good, expanded party, has taken the original New Year’s Eve “Droppin’ of the Carp” and expanded it to a multi-day event with a variety of activities, many of which are quite family-friendly. There’s a a bowling party on Friday, December 27th at the nearby Leisure Time Sports Bar, followed by a Euchre Contest on Monday, December 30th at Hoffman Hall.
The BIG party for Carp Fest is the New Year’s Eve party that takes place on the west edge of downtown Prairie du Chien on St. Feriole Island Park by the Mississippi River. It starts at 9pm and culminates with the “Droppin’ of the Carp” a little before midnight to ring in 2020!
A earlier version of the carp drop for children and families – featuring “Lucky Carp Jr.” – takes place indoors at Hoffman Hall (1600 Wacouta Street.) The Family “Droppin of the Carp” takes place New Year’s Eve from 5pm – 6:30pm at Hoffman Hall featuring Arts & Crafts, Face Painting, Miniature Dairy Goats, and Carnival Games. You can also meet the Carp King & Queen, meet Master Gardeners & Bixby The Rabbit, and Exotic Animals from Ridgetop Rescue. Of course they’ll have noisemakers and hats, plus Carp Corn, Pizza, and Hot Carp Chocolate (yes, we’re curious too…) for $1 each. This event is sponsored by Valley Fish & Cheese, a State Trunk Tour favorite located just east of the Mississippi River bridge where eastbound Highway 27 begins. Check out the shop, owned by “Sturgeon General” Mike Valley, and its incredible selection of fresh fish, meats, cheeses, uniquely Wisconsin items, and more!
Carp Fest Address:
St. Feriole Island
900 W. Blackhawk Avenue
Prairie du Chien, WI 53821
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December 14, 2019
A Pinecrest Christmas brings holiday cheer to Pinecrest Historical Village, a beautiful and attractive 19th century village featuring actual historic – and generally relocated – original Manitowoc County buildings. A Pinecrest Christmas takes place Saturday, December 14th with a ton of events.
Help decorate the tree with the Sorenson family and participate in their holiday traditions. Head on over to the Print Shop to learn the art of printing while making your own holiday cards! In the Two Creeks Town Hall, enjoy decorating Christmas cookies and sipping hot cider during breaks from dancing to live music. While the kids visit Santa in the decorated Visitor Center, adults can shop for unique gifts in the Museum Store. Pinecrest Village is the perfect place to enjoy the simple traditions of the holiday season!
Kids can enlist in the American Junior Red Cross, print their own postcard, view the latest camera technology, and more! Check out the historic buildings too, from an original bank, tavern, and schoolhouse to a town hall – all originals from around Manitowoc County.
Pinecrest Historical Village will be trimmed for the holidays, and wood-fired stoves will beckon with the promise of warmth and good cheer. Be sure to meet their 20th-century Santa and his reindeer for your one-of-a-kind holiday photo from noon to 2 p.m.
Timed Performances for A Pinecrest Christmas, at Niles Church:
Lincoln Singers, Noon – 12:30 pm
Mishicot Soundwave, 1pm – 2pm
Baked goods, hot cider, and hot chocolate will be for sale, in support of youth education programs. The Museum Store will offer historically themed gifts for all ages.
Admission is $10 for adults, $7 for children age 5 to 17, under age 5 is free
To get to Pinecrest Historical Village, follow County JJ west from I-43 and U.S. 10/Highway 42 (Waldo Drive) about six miles. Or follow County S to JJ north from US 151 just east of Valders. And of course, there’s plenty to explore in Manitowoc and Two Rivers, and throughout Manitowoc County any time of year!
Address for A Pinecrest Christmas:
Pinecrest Historical Village
924 Pinecrest Lane
Manitowoc, WI 54220
December 6, 2019 – December 22, 2019
The Timm House was built in 1873 as a Greek Revival “stick style” home for one of the founders of New Holstein, with an addition competed in 1892. This year’s Timm House Christmas offers a once in a lifetime chance to view a collection of “Oz” related items which have been collected by a local historic society member over a 45-year period. You won’t see this in Kansas, or anywhere else!
As in past Timm House Christmases, the first floor of the restored Victorian residence has undergone a holiday transformation. During the month of December each first floor room is decorated to depict an element of the famous children’s book series and hit 1939 movie that introduced us to the “Land of Oz.”
The 2019 tour theme is “Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” celebrating the 80th anniversary of Robert Lewis May’s 1939 story which introduced Rudolph. 2019 is also the 70th anniversary of Gene Autry’s singing rendition of “Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer” which was the #1 hit single record during the 1949 Christmas season.
The 2019 Timm House Christmas will feature all of the restored Victorian home’s downstairs rooms decorated with specific Rudolph artifacts and other Christmas decor related to the famous reindeer. Local musicians will also be on hand to play Christmas carols on the Timm family’s 1894 Steinway Box Grand piano. And, as always, there will be something tasty in the Timm House kitchen.
Dates for the self-guided Timm House Christmas tours continue on weekends in December: the 6th-8th, 13th-15th, and the 20th-22nd. Friday hours are 5 to 8 pm. Saturday and Sunday hours are from 11 am to 3 pm. Admission for ages 13 and over is $5.00, age six to 12 is $2.50 and five and under are admitted at no charge.
Admission for adults is $5, children 12 and under are $2.50.
A Timm House Christmas Address:
1600 Wisconsin Avenue
New Holstein, WI 53061
Note for outside of Christmastime: adjacent to the Timm House, the Pioneer Corner Museum is open on Saturday & Sunday, 1 – 4 pm from the first weekend in May through the final weekend of October. Admission is $7.00 for a single ticket to either the Timm House or Pioneer Corner Museum. A $10.00 combo ticket provides admission to both the TH and PCM. Admissions purchased with a combo ticket do not have to occur on the same day. Combo ticket for a child, 12 & under, is $5.00.
Special appointment tours are also available by calling (920) 898-5746.
December 2, 2019 – December 4, 2019
The annual Canadian Pacific Holiday Train will once again rumble through Wisconsin on part of its journey through the northern U.S. and Canada! Check out fun stops with beautiful lights and entertainment – the stops will take place along its CP route in Wisconsin from Monday, December 2nd through Wednesday, December 4th!
Here’s the train’s scheduled stops and duration through Wisconsin, from Sturtevant through the Milwaukee area and on to La Crosse, with plenty of stops in between! A big chance this year is there will be no stop in downtown Milwaukee; however, they did add a stop in Caledonia, in northern Racine County. Basically, the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train follows the same route as the Amtrak train – but it will really catch your eye and fill you with holiday spirit. Enjoy!
Canadian Pacific Holiday Train Schedule:
|Sturtevant||9900 East Exploration Ct., Amtrak Depot||2019-12-02||6:50 pm||7:00 – 7:30 pm||7:35 pm||Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles, and Kelly Prescott|
|Caledonia||County G & 5 1/2 Mile Road (Depot Tavern)||2019-12-02||8:00 pm||8:15 – 8:45 pm||8:50 pm||Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles, and Kelly Prescott|
|Wauwatosa||Harwood Ave Crossing||2019-12-03||4:00 pm||4:15 – 4:45 pm||4:50 pm||Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles, and Kelly Prescott|
|Hartland||Level crossing at Cottonwood Avenue||2019-12-03||5:30 pm||5:45 – 6:15 pm||6:20 pm||Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles, and Kelly Prescott|
|Oconomowoc||Silver Lake Street Railway Crossing, north side||2019-12-03||6:40 pm||6:45 – 7:15 pm||7:20 pm||Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles, and Kelly Prescott|
|Watertown||Brandt Quirt Park parking lot, adjacent to track||2019-12-03||7:50 pm||8:00 – 8:30 pm||8:35 pm||Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles, and Kelly Prescott|
|Columbus||Amtrak Depot||2019-12-03||9:05 pm||9:15 – 9:45 pm||9:50 pm||Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles, and Kelly Prescott|
|Portage||CP Yard adjacent to Averbeck Street||2019-12-04||1:00 pm||1:15 – 1:45 pm||1:50 pm||Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles, and Kelly Prescott|
|Wisconsin Dells||100 West La Crosse Street, Amtrak Depot||2019-12-04||2:30 pm||2:45 – 3:15 pm||3:20 pm||Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles, and Kelly Prescott|
|Mauston||Division Street railway crossing||2019-12-04||4:00 pm||4:15 – 4:45 pm||4:50 pm||Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles, and Kelly Prescott|
|Tomah||205 North Superior Avenue, Amtrak Depot||2019-12-04||5:25 pm||5:30 – 6:00 pm||6:05 pm||Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles, and Kelly Prescott|
|Sparta||Corner of South Water Street and Milwaukee Street||2019-12-04||6:40 pm||7:00 – 7:30 pm||7:35 pm||Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles, and Kelly Prescott|
|La Crosse||Amtrak Station, 601 Saint Andrew Street||2019-12-04||8:45 pm||9:00 – 9:30 pm||9:35 pm||Meghan Patrick, Tanika Charles, and Kelly Prescott|
Closest State Trunk Tour Highways to each stop (hint: Highway 16 hits basically of them from Hartland on west!):
Wauwatosa: Highway 181, US 18, I-41, I-94