A Flurry of Fun: Winterfest 2021

A Lake Geneva tradition lives on! Winterfest will return to Downtown Lake Geneva February 3rd through 7th. Featuring the 26th annual National Snow Sculpting Championship, Ice Sculpture Walk, Fire and Ice Bar, Cocoa Crawl, and many more winter activities, Winterfest 2021 is bound to be a flurry of fun!

Hosted by VISIT Lake Geneva, Winterfest will once again welcome award-winning sculpting teams from across the country to beautiful Downtown Lake Geneva. You won’t want to miss catching a glimpse of these incredible teams hard at work crafting intricate works of art out of snow. Teams from Alaska, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Iowa, Michigan, New York, and Wisconsin will have 72-hours to perfect their towering pieces in the heart of Riviera Plaza and Flat Iron Park. Upon completion, visitors will have the opportunity to view them up-close and vote for their favorite sculpture.

Winterfest festivities will carry on throughout Downtown Lake Geneva. Adults can warm up with a wintery libation at the Baker House Fire and Ice Bar running through February 7th. Stroll, shop, and sip your way through Lake Geneva during the Cocoa Crawl February 5th-7th. Sample sweet treats and sip on piping-hot cocoa at participating businesses.

Returning this year, the Ice Sculpture Walk will adorn the entrances to your favorite Lake Geneva establishments. Mere steps away from the Snow Sculpting Competition, you’ll find intricate Ice Carvings lining the streets and welcoming shoppers, diners, and hotel guests in true Winterfest fashion.

Cozy up by the fire during Bonfires on the Beach Friday, Saturday, and Sunday evenings. S’mores, hot cocoa, and other refreshments will be available for purchase. Considering turning your Winterfest experience into a weekend getaway? Check out exclusive specials from local hotels and resorts to play more and save more before they melt away.

Will you be heading to Lake Geneva’s Winterfest? We want to see your pictures! Enter to win a BOGO Cards by submitting your photos to our Winterfest Photo Contest. The photos with the most likes will be entered to win. Submitting your photo is easy: use hashtag #lgwinterfest20 on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram OR follow this link. See official rules for details – https://woobox.com/279rqu/rules

For more events and activities happening throughout the Lake Geneva area during Winterfest 2021, head over to our Event Calendar at VisitWalworthCounty.com. Stay warm, and have an amazing Winterfest!

Ice Castles Return to Lake Geneva

A winter wonderland is under construction and preparing to bring the magic of winter to life in Lake Geneva once again. The Ice Castles will return to Walworth County this January for their third consecutive year. Geneva National Resort will  host the highly anticipated illuminated ice kingdom slated to open January 21st.  

Let your imagination run wild as you explore caverns and tunnels made entirely from ice. Race down an ice-carved slide and squeeze through crawl spaces and slot canyons to discover new experiences around every corner. With fountains, thrones, wishing wells, and more, you’ll be mesmerized by this unique, and family-friendly attraction.

The Crew began working on this year’s castle in November and expect it to grow to be a whopping 17-feet come opening day. Despite taking up a smaller footprint than in years past, this year’s castle is panning out to be as awe-inspiring as ever.

New for the 2021 season, an enhanced lighting packaged within the castle walls will illuminate the structure, paths, and ice-features to mimic the aurora borealis. Professional photographers will be on-site to help capture your visit and memories that will last a lifetime. For a more intimate experience, guests may reserve a VIP Arctic Alcove perfect for private moments such as proposals, birthdays, and other special occasions.

Built with safety in mind, this year’s Ice Castles will feature one-way walkways, timed entry, and limited capacity. Tickets must be purchased in advance through IceCastles.com and will be released in limited quantities.

Make a weekend out of your Ice Castles adventure and stay at one of the Lake Geneva Area resorts and hotels offering exclusive Ice Castles packages and rates. Start your day at the Castles with an breakfast fit for Queen Elsa of Arendelle herself at the Ice Princess Brunch at Geneva National Resort. Don’t forget to check out our Event Calendar to help fill your Ice Castles getaway with more frosty fun here in Walworth County.

Ice Castles are weather dependant and operating hours are subject to change. Please visit IceCastles.com for the more information regarding cancellation policies and venue safety policies.Ω

New Year’s Events in Walworth County

As we close out the final chapter of this whirlwind of a year, its time to take a moment to celebrate! Check out our New Year’s Event Guide below for family friendly and romantic events perfect for ringing in the New Year with your loved ones!

New Year’s Eve – December 31st

New Year’s Eve Celebration | Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan |  (262) 725-9155

The New Year’s Eve DJ Party for adults in the Great Room will kick off with DJ Felix playing all your favorite hits accompanied by a cash bar. Bring the kiddos to the wildly popular Family Party with DJ entertainment, games, and prizes galore. For a more upscale and intimate experience, book a dinner package at the Frontier Restaurant or Igloo Experience. Click here for more information.

New Year’s Eve Dinner | Turf. Smokehouse at Geneva National, Lake Geneva | (262) 245-7000

Ring in the New Year at Turf. watch the ball drop on one of five extra large TV’s. Savor tempting hickory-tinged aromas, picturesque course views, and saucy menu of salads, smoked-out sandwiches, tangy tacos, and mixed bbq platters in this year-round Clubhouse restaurant and bar.

Winter Wonderland and Champagne Toast | Pier 290, Williams Bay | (262) 245-2100

Enjoy the festive holiday light displays and glistening waters of Geneva Lake at Pier 290 this New Year’s Eve. Sample indulgent specials including Pan Seared Grouper, Surf and Turf Trios, and Fettuccini Primavera. Live music kicks off at 5 pm. Be sure to stick around for the Champagne Toast at midnight to cheers to the New Year! Reservations are highly recommended. Seating is limited.

New Year’s Eve at Crafted Pizza & Tap | The Ridge Hotel, Lake Geneva | (262) 249-3832

Celebrate 2021 with panoramic views and a delectable three-course menu. Enjoy live music by the Woods Brothers 8pm to 1am.  Acoustic performance by Kaleb Woods 8-10pm and DJ performance by Mister Woods 10pm to 1am. Reservations are recommended.

New Year’s Eve Dinner To-Go | Geneva National Resort, Lake Geneva | (262) 245-7000

Skip the fuss of cooking for the holiday! Order New Year’s Eve Dinner to-go from the award winning culinary team at Geneva National Resort. Featured menu items include Slow Roasted Pork Tenderloin ​over wild mushroom risotto, Crab Stuffed Shrimp, Cream of Turkey and Wild rice soup, Freshly Baked Dinner Rolls, and Chocolate Torte Cake with raspberry coulis. Pre-orders required.

New Year’s Eve Dinner | Hunt Club Steakhouse, Lake Geneva | (262) 245-7200

Ring in and relish the New Year at the Hunt Club Steakhouse with a celebratory three-course meal with champagne toast. Reservations required.

Holiday Tea | The Grandview Restaurant, Lake Geneva | (262) 248-5690

Tis the season for Holiday Tea at The Grandview Restaurant. Sip tea lakeside with the festive holiday tea service menu featuring traditional finger sandwiches, pastries, scones, and a selection of teas.

New Year’s Eve Pre-Fixe Dinner | Frontier Restaurant at Lake Lawn Resort, Delavan | (262) 728-7950

Begin your New Year’s Eve celebrating with a fine dining experience in the Frontier Restaurant. Chef John Billings and his culinary team have prepared a custom one-night-only menu to help you ring in the New Year along the lakeside. This special menu will be served from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm. Reservations are required.

New Year’s Eve Dinner | The Grandview Restaurant, Lake Geneva | (262) 248-5690

Bid adieu to 2020 with The Grandview Restaurant! Come celebrate the end of what’s truly been a year and enjoy our crab special in addition to the regular dinner menu. Reservations are recommended.

New Year’s Eve Bash and Trivia Night | Delavan Lake Store, Delavan |(262) 725-6747

Enjoy some friendly competition and festive fun to help ring in the New Year. Sip on boozy beverages, dance the night away, and celebrate the end of this crazy year.

Dr Maxwell’s Cure for 2020 | Maxwell Mansion, Lake Geneva | (262) 248-9711

Celebrate the New Year as if you were in the Roaring Twenties! Dr. Maxwell’s Cure for 2020 features s live DJ, tantalizing hors d’ oeuvres, amazing igloo experiences, signature NYE only cocktails, and a champagne toast at midnight! Click here for details on overnight packages.

Dancing Horses Christmas Show | Dancing Horses Theatre | (262) 728-8200

This dazzling spectacle features an array of horse breeds performing alongside their trainers in this fantastic cavalcade of equestrian artistry. Visually stunning, this live show is must-see for any horse lover. The acclaimed Christmas Show features never before seen choreography and appearances from the mini-unicorn and Santa himself.

Illusionist Tristan Crist Show | Tristan Crist Magic Theatre, Lake Geneva | (262) 248-0505

One of a kind performer that wows audiences with wit, heartfelt stories, jaw-dropping illusions and gut-wrenching escapes! Tristan Crist invites you to experience a theatrical performance of modern magical illusion that is the perfect entertainment event for young and old alike. Get tickets.

New Year’s Day – January 1st

New Year’s Day Fish Fry at Crafted Pizza & Tap | The Ridge Hotel, Lake Geneva | (262) 249-3832

Celebrate the first Friday Fish Fry of 2021 with Crafted Pizza & Tap! Fill up on two large pieces of baked or fried cod along with a potato pancake or french fries. Your Wisconsin specialty will also include coleslaw, house-crafted applesauce and our house-crafted tarter sauce.

Holiday Tea | The Grandview Restaurant, Lake Geneva | (262) 248-5690

Tis the season for Holiday Tea at the Grandview Restaurant. Sip tea lakeside with a festive menu featuring traditional finger sandwiches, pastries, and scones alongside a sampling of teas.

New Year’s Day Polar Plunge with Pier 290 | Williams Bay Beach, Williams Bay | (262) 245-2100

Take a quick dip in the bay at the annual Polar Plunge and warm up with yummy bites from Pier 290! You can go “jump in the lake” at 12 pm on New Year’s Day at Williams Bay Beach. Head over to Pier 290 to warm up and for a celebratory feat sure to bring the feeling back into your bones.

Craft Beer Tasting | Delavan Lake Store, Delavan | (262) 725-6747

Join Delavan Lake Store for a craft beer tasting! Starting January 1st, you can sample every Friday in January and February. Come experience a different brewery’s craft beer each week. Want to do it EVERY week? For just $75 dollars, you can be part of the “Craft Beer Club” and get ALL 9 tastings guaranteed. Call (262) 725-6747 for details.

Tony Ocean Rat Pack Weekend | Maxwell Mansion, Lake Geneva | (262) 248-9711

 Dean, Frank, Sammy! Keep the New Year Rockin with a chance to catch Tony and The Rat Pack at Maxwell Mansion this intimate Private concert, limited number of guests! Tickets are $50.00 and that includes the private concert and fabulous food by Fork It Foods! Stay at Maxwell mansion Jan 1 or 2 and get free VIP admission! 

Dancing Horses Christmas Show | Dancing Horses Theatre | (262) 728-8200

This dazzling spectacle features an array of horses performing amazing choreography alongside their trainers in a cavalcade of equestrian artistry. Visually stunning, this show is a must see for any horse lover. Don’t miss out on special appearances from the mini-unicorn and Santa Claus himself.

Lets Get Social Skiing Lessons | Alpine Valley Resort, Elkhorn | (262) 642-7374

Is learning to ski one of your goals for 2021? Join Alpine Valley Resort for Lets Get Social Skiing Lessons. Perfect for beginners, this lesson is for first time skiers and snowboarders. For just $70 you’ll enjoy a night out on the slopes with a complete lesson, day lift ticket, drink ticket, and complimentary rental equipment. Learn more here.

Parade of Trees | Geneva Lake Museum, Lake Geneva | (262) 248-6060

Be sure to catch the final weekend of the Parade of Trees. You wont want to miss out on this festive display of trees decorated by some of your favorite local businesses and organizations.

For more 2021 events throughout Walworth County, check out our exclusive Event Calendar at VisitWalworthCounty.com. From all of us at Visit Walworth County, may you have safe and happy 2021.