Wisconsin December 18, 2016
15 Winter Festivals In Wisconsin That Are Simply Unforgettable
We don’t hide from winter here in Wisconsin – we celebrate it. Sure, there are some days where they tell you not to leave your house with exposed skin, but we’ve gotten used to that and we’ve embraced our life in the arctic tundra.
Across the state, communities hold winter festivals to celebrate life covered
We’re aware that these uncertain times are limiting many aspects of life as we all practice social and physical distancing. While we’re continuing to feature destinations that make our state wonderful, we don’t expect or encourage you to go check them out immediately. We believe that supporting local attractions is important now more than ever and we hope our articles inspire your future adventures! And on that note, please nominate your favorite local business that could use some love right now:
1. Bayfield Winterfest - March 3-7, 2017
Activities include a candlelit hike, run on water, fireworks, boot hockey and a polar plunge.
2. Frozen Tozen - Boulder Junction - February 17-19
An ice fishing tournament, bonfires, ice skating, sledding, music and more.
3. Cedarburg Winter Festival - February 18 and 19
The highlight of this festival is costumed bed races on the ice, but there are also an ice golf tournament, camel rides, a chili contest, a parade, and a pancake breakfast.
4. Chetek Winterfest - February 24 and 25
This festival is dedicated to all things motorized as they race snowmobiles and a whole array of other things.
5. Fish Creek Winter Festival - February 3-5, 2017
From frozen kickball to a bike toss, this festival will help shake your winter doldrums. The heated tent doesn't hurt, either!
6. Iola Winter Carnival - February 4 and 5, 2017
Come for the ski jumping, stay for the amazing Scandinavian food.
7. Jack Frost Fest - Spooner - January 14, 2017
The highlight of this one is the pond hockey tournament, but the frozen turkey bowling is a close second. Add in a bonfire, marshmallow roasting and a rib and chili contest and you've got a pretty great winter day.
8. Knickerbocker Ice Festival - Lake Mills - February 4 and 5, 2017
Ice softball, a team trivia contest, tons of races and a ton of fun are on the docket in Lake Mills. There's also ice sculpting, ice golf and a king and queen.
9. Kickapoo Valley Reserve Winter Festival - January 7, 2017
These folks pack a ton into a single day, with horse-drawn carriage rides, sled dog races, snow sculptures, skiing, archery and more. Plus a bread and chili cookoff.
10. Lake Geneva Winterfest - January 28 - February 12, 2017
The highlight of this festival is the US National Snow Sculpting Championships, but there is also an Abominable Snowman Race, a cocoa crawl and the sky circus on ice.
11. Madison Winter Festival - February 18 and 19
The festival moves to Elver Park this year, which takes away the Capitol Square setting, but means the snow needed for all the events will be usable long after the weekend.
12. Northwest Wisconsin Winterfest and Games - Altoona - January 27-29, 2017
Car and ATV races, motorcycle and snowmobile races, pond hockey, volleyball, softball and a hot air balloon event are all part of the schedule.
13. Northwoods Blizzard Blast - Conver - February 18, 2017
Horse-drawn sleigh rides, ice bowling, snow sculpting and a recliner race make this event a can't miss.
14. Scandihoovian Winter Festival - Mt. Horeb - February 3-5, 2017
Celebrate all things troll at this event with a spelling bee, frozen turkey bowling, a fat tire bike race and more.
15. Schnee Days - Elkhart Lake - January 27-29, 2017
Schnee is the German word for snow and you'll find lots of wintery events lined up, from races and snowshoeing to kite flying and dog sledding.
15. Wausau Winterfest - January 28, 2017
The whole square gets iced over and there's curling, ice skating and a ton of food to be had.
Have you been to any of these awesome winter festivals? What’s your favorite?
Looking for more winter activities? Check out
12 Unforgettable Places In Wisconsin That Everyone Must Visit This Winter.