6 Outings for Winter Fun

winter outings in Wisconsin
Kids curling at Wausau Winterfest Winterfest, curling

By Mason Braasch | Photo courtesy Travel Wisconsin


Ice sculpture viewing, bonfires on the beach and a hot cocoa crawl are just a few of the fun winter activities that families can enjoy at the Lake Geneva Winterfest. The festival takes place Feb. 2-6, 2022, and will offer wintry activities and events for the whole family, including the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship. Fifteen state-champion teams will compete in the only snow-sculpting competition in the U.S, which is free for festival-goers to attend. visitlakegeneva.com/winterfest


Get some exercise while supporting the protection of one of Madison’s greatest assets — the lakes. On Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022, participants of the Frozen Assets 5K will run or walk across a frozen Lake Mendota while taking in views of down- town Madison and the UW-Madison campus. After crossing the finish line, enjoy the free, family-friendly festival, which will also take place on the lake. Put on by the Clean Lakes Alliance, this festival and 5K raise money for lake improvement projects and educational programs, and has raised $1.2 million since 2012. cleanlakesalliance.org/frozen-assets/#festival


With a variety of fun indoor and outdoor activities, Wausau Winter Fest is sure to please family members of every age. Located at Wausau’s Grand Theater and on the 400 block downtown, curling demonstrations, cookie decorating, crafts and a hot chocolate bar are all activities at the festival, which will take place on Jan. 29, 2022. Kids can keep the fun going at home with a take-home activity provided by the Marathon County Public Library. greaterwausau.org/event/winter-fest-2022


Whether you’re looking for a day packed with action or a low-key evening by the fire, the Titletown District, located in Green Bay, has a variety of fun events and activities for all ages! Through Feb. 28, 2022, enjoy Titletown’s Winter FUN-derland by exploring glistening lights and extraordinary scenery in their self-guided scavenger hunt. On Fridays and Saturdays, enjoy a selection of beverages from the Terrapin Beer Garden while staying warm by the fire! After a full day at Titletown filled with tubing down Ariens Hill, skating at the Titletown Ice Rink and dining at 46 Below, check in to a cozy night at the on-site hotel, Lodge Kohler. titletown.com


On Feb. 19 and 20, 2022, the Dr. Suess-themed Cedarburg Winter Festival will feature a long list of indoor and outdoor activities, including camel rides, barrel races, local shopping and an all-you- can-eat pancake breakfast. Bundle up for lots of fun family winter activities, such as sledding at Stephen Fischer Park, watching the dog-pulling contest or competing in the ice sculpture contest. On Saturday night, adults can enjoy appetizers from local restaurants, cocktails, raffles and music at the adults-only “Cool Brew Seussville” event. cedarburgfestival.org/winter-festival


If you’ve ever wanted to enjoy a tasty meal while inside of an igloo, the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa in Lake Geneva is the place to go this winter. Through March 14, 2022, you can reserve an Igloo at Embers Terrace, Grand Geneva’s fireside lounge, for up to five people. The heated igloos are cozy and picturesque, and are sure to be Instagram-worthy for memories this winter. grandgeneva.com/event-calendar/igloo-experience

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