“Only In Wisconsin” New Year’s Celebrations
Last Updated: 11/14/2014
Wisconsin has always had its own way of celebrating, and New Year’s is no exception. If you still don’t have plans on how to ring in 2012, no fear….we’ve got a few suggestions that will make a memorable mark.
Dropping of the Carp – Prairie du Chien
Forget watching the ball drop, this Wisconsin tradition drops a 29-pound frozen carp from 100 feet in the air at the stroke of midnight! In the final hours of 2011, “Lucky #9” (as he is lovingly named) sits atop a throne for folks to kiss for good luck. The event also includes a bonfire, carp piñata, sledding, skiing and the crowning of the Carp King and Queen.
Polar Bear Plunge – Various Locations
Only in Wisconsin is running into frigid, icy water an acceptable way to welcome a new year. The premise is simple: You run in, and run out…and sometimes you do it for charity. Events are held in St. Germain, Phillips, Milwaukee, Sheboygan and more.
Cool Kite Festival – Milwaukee
Free to the public, this event starts at noon and, as you might have guessed, features kites, kites and more kites. Free hot chocolate, coffee, and snacks will be served while it lasts, compliments of Caribou Coffee. Other food is available for purchase (or bring your own). Also enjoy ice carvings, and horse drawn carriage rides.
Pro Vintage Snowmobile Olympus – Hurley
A fun event to watch, you’ll see vintage snowmobiles race on a special ice oval track! The event kicks off on New Years Eve with a parade, torchlight ceremony and fireworks. Races run Saturday (December 31st) and Sunday (January 1st).
New Year’s Eve Under Glass – The Mitchell Park Conservatory (The Domes), Milwaukee
The Domes themselves are truly a wonder; add in live music, magic, comedy shows, raffles, food, a light show, and you’ve got yourself a wonderful family event.
Go on, ring in the New Year Wisconsin style!This entry was posted in Fairs & Festivals