One of our favorite things about the holidays is the sense of excitement and community it brings to a time of the year when the weather would otherwise keep many people inside.
But if you happen to live in a place with winters comparable to Wisconsin, you’ll realize that such a deep freeze requires a few more calendar dates to look forward to. Below are a couple of our favorite winter events here in the Badger State.
Brodhead, a little burg of 3,923 just 45 minutes south of Madison, punches far above its population with the Fire & Ice Festival. Held each year in December, this family-friendly event pulls out all the stops to keep snowsuited toddlers and mitten-clad kids occupied while helping their winter-coat-wearing parents get a little warmer.
There are carriage rides, carolers and extended store shopping hours that last-minute holiday shoppers may appreciate. Food-wise, you can count on some freshly roasted s’mores and hot dogs, which can be enjoyed within sight of crackling fire rings and dazzling ice sculptures. Fire and ice... get it? Coat of choice: try a 3-in-1 Squall® parka for Mom. If the heat gets too warm, remove a layer.
Beaver Dam understands “cabin fever” all too well. To help dispel it when winter is at its whipping worst, the town of over 16,000 throws a Cabin Fever Fest each January.
Rather than having a single focus, it’s a glorious grab bag of festivities that share one thing in common: the outdoors. Whether you’re ready to participate in a poetry contest or sample the fiery results of a chili cook-off, you can count on being out and about in your warmest winter coat.
For something more scenic, you could elect to make the most of being outdoors, throw on your long underwear and toasty down coat, snuggle under a fleece throw, and embark on a wagon ride through Crystal Lake Park. However, we wouldn’t blame if you decide to stick by the bonfire all day, either.
Yes, we know – another Fire & Ice. But the event that takes place February 15th – 16th, 2019, in the town of Sturgeon Bay, is quite a different animal than Brodhead’s pre-holiday stroll.
This event kicks off on a Friday, when you can witness professional carvers turn ice into frozen works of art. Saturday invites carvers from novice, intermediate or advanced skill ranges to come and try their hand at ice-carving too. The whole festival ends with a benefit gala at the Stone Harbor Resort, where a local band is on hand to help attendees dance those late February (and post Valentine’s Day) blues away. Warning: this is still warmest-winter-coat season in Wisconsin’s Door County. Dress accordingly.