Glisten Up: Enjoying the Ice & Snow

Sure, Wisconsin puts the brrrr in Decembrrr. And we say: brrring it!

Here’s a sampling of special spots where you can get out and celebrate the sparkle of snow and ice.

  • Downtown Milwaukee: Hop aboard the Jingle Bus and tour the city, taking in the Holiday Light Festival as well as city landmarks. Then get your skates on: the “Slice of Ice” rink in Red Arrow Park offers free skating, and a warming house with skate rental and café.
  • Poynette: Head to Smokey Hollow Farm for horse-drawn carriage rides through a wonderland of snow. Add to your holiday cheer with Amish baked goods, handcrafted gifts, and Wisconsin-grown Christmas trees. Make a reservation for a barn tour if you’d like to personally wish Big Jake, the world’s tallest living horse, a very merry Christmas.
  • Minocqua: Learn to cross-country ski at Winter Park, where there are lessons for all levels and over 75 miles of trails. Winter Park also offers snow tubing, snowshoeing, ice skating, and skijoring. Yeah, you know, skijoring – that’s when a person on skis is towed by a dog (or dogs). Winter Park has a 5K skijoring trail for you and your furry friend.
  • Janesville: Wander the Rotary Botanical Gardens’ illuminated pathways at the Holiday Light Show. The light displays are so fantastic, Santa and his reindeer are regular visitors. When you need to warm up, go inside for a hot cocoa and watch the model trains.
  • Wausau: Take to the ice on the outdoor skating rink at the 400 Block. This beautiful public space, renovated in 2011, is the centerpiece of Wausau’s historic downtown – so you can practice your triple toe loop (or, just work on generally not falling down) right in the heart of the city’s festivities.

Don’t flake on fun in the snow.  And for more frosty frolics, check our Winter Playlist. We’ve got a new idea for every winter’s day.

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