Winter Festivals in Walworth County 2019

Winter is the best time to make memories with your friends and loved ones. The closer you are, the warmer you stay! There is no better place to come and celebrate the thrills of winter! Each community celebrates the season in their own way, but exciting activities and great ways to stay warm take place in abundance in Walworth County.


Hot ChocolateFest

Friday, January 18 – Sunday, January 20

burlington_hot chocolatefest2019Folks will be kicking off the winter celebration with a large creamy cup of hot chocolate at Burlington’s annual Hot ChocolateFest. Anything you could possibly associate with winter will be included in these three days. Break out your winter woolies to enjoy open skating on Echo Lake, ice bowling, snowman decorating contests, and broom ball. Then warm up with hot chocolate, storytelling around campfires, and a chili contest. This weekend will also include live music, a Winter Artisan Faire, and a scavenger hunt for the kids. Warm up those dancing shoes at the Old fashioned “Sock Hop”, then wrap up the weekend fun with a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday.


Winterfest
  Town of Delavan

Saturday, January 19, 11:30 am – 5 pm

town of delavan winterfestOn the shore of frozen Delavan Lake, the Community Park pavilion will resonate with the sounds of hot jazz from the Elkhorn, Big Foot and Delavan-Darien High School Jazz Bands at the Town of Delavan’s Winterfest. Food and drinks will be available to satisfy you while you purchase your 50/50 raffle tickets to help support the Delavan-Darien Arts Booster Club and the Friends of the Park. Locals and visitors alike will be excited about the door prizes; this is your chance to win season boat passes or two season non-resident passes. Make sure you take advantage of the Free Fishing Day, also on January 19th, on all state lakes and streams! Details for Winterfest and the DNR’s Free Fishing Day can be found on the Walworth County Visitors Bureau’s events calendar.


Winterfest Lake Geneva

Saturday, January 26 – Sunday, February 3

vlg_snowsculptingevenphotoFor nine days, Winterfest takes over the city and the shore line of Geneva Lake in downtown Lake Geneva. Walking down Wrigley Drive you will see the infamous sculptures created for the U.S. Snow Sculpting Competition and the Ice Castles decorating the shoreline. Throughout the city, you will find a plethora of events that make up this elaborate winter celebration. Events include, but are not limited to: Hovercraft Experiences, Dinner & Dance Party, Human Dog Sled races, Souper Family Fun Night, a Food and Wine Pairing, The Supper Club Experience, Kids’ Snow Sculpting Lessons, the Winterfest Showcase, Cocoa Crawl, Chilly Jiggers Ice Fishing Derby, Helicopter Rides, the Polar Bar, Chili Cook-Off, Live Music, and Candlelight Hike. Details for all of these events can be found on the Walworth County Visitors Bureau’s events calendar.


Winter Carnival

Saturday, February 2, 10 am – 5 pm

Winter Carnival Grand Geneva.jpgGrand Geneva’s Winter Carnival hosts skiing, snowboarding and fun snow activities for the whole family to enjoy! If you have got the skills, take part in their Ski Boarder Cross and Rail Jam competitions or just enjoy the festivities all over The Mountain Top. If you’re not a skier, relax in the Beer Tent and let the kids tackle free activities made just for them. The festivities will conclude with a beautiful fireworks display and the Torch Light Hillside Parade at 8:30 pm.


Day In The Bay

Saturday, February 2, 10 am – 5 pm
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Come chill out on the other side of the lake for Day in the Bay! Pick up a passport at the Barrett Memorial Library and collect your stamps as you visit Williams Bay businesses for the chance to win free raffle prizes. There will be free children’s activities at Privatos Restaurant from noon to 3 pm, with a children’s raffle at 3:30 pm.

Sky Circus On Ice
Friday, February 15 to Sunday, February 17

skycircus web adSky Circus on Ice hosts professional kite teams from around the world to showcase their skills during this winter festival on the shore of Delavan Lake. You can only truly enjoy the awe and wonder in person. Expert snow sculptors and ice carvers will also demonstrate their skills along the shore of Lake Lawn Resort and the historic brick street in downtown Delavan.

 

Delavan Train Show
Saturday, March 9 & Sunday, March 10

Facebook Event Cover Photo 2.jpgDelavan hosts one of the largest train shows in the Midwest, featuring operating layouts in multiple scales. See some of the most exciting layouts from the ‘big’ shows as well as beautiful local layouts. This is a big train show with all the comforts of the small town atmosphere. Located in the center of historic downtown Delavan. This family-friendly event has loads of fun and free admission for all!

Maple Fest 
Sunday, March 17, 7:30 am – 3 pm
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A stack of hot cakes is just not complete without a layer of maple syrup over the top! On March 17, Covenant Harbor will be serving an all-you-care-to-eat pancake breakfast and selling all sorts of maple deliciousness at Maple Fest. This festival will show all the things Covenant Harbor has to offer; explore the grounds, learn more about the family activities available, and enjoy a maple syrup tour, and much more.

 

For more detailed information about these festivals,

visit our events calendar at VisitWalworthCounty.com.

 

 

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Member Monday: Ice Castles WI

IceCastles_Mary Siversten2The marvels of winter are about to be taken to the next level here in Walworth County. There has been a lot of excitement since the news broke that Ice Castles would be coming to Lake Geneva, Wisconsin in 2018.  Along with excitement, there have been a lot of questions from anxious winter enthusiasts about Ice Castles – Wisconsin and when we get to enjoy the newest winter attraction! I am thrilled to have had an opportunity to interview and learn more about Ice Castles and cannot wait to share the much desired information about this awe-inspiring, must-see winter phenomenon!

Q: Please tell us a little bit about the Ice Castles. 
A: Ice Castles is an awe-inspiring, must-see winter phenomenon that brings fairy tales to life. The frozen attraction is located in six cities across North America. The experience is built using hundreds of thousands of icicles hand-placed by professional ice artists. The castles include breathtaking LED-lit sculptures, frozen thrones, ice-carved tunnels, slides, and fountains.

Q: How and where did Ice Castles get started?
A: Ice Castle began in 2008 when Brent Christensen built an elaborate slide in the front yard of his home in Alpine, Utah, for the entertainment of his kids. He formed his company a year later and built his first large-scale Ice Castle at Midway, Utah’s Zermatt Resort. Since then he has created ice castles all over the United States and Canada.

Q: Who makes the Ice Castles?
A: Each location has a team of builders that are trained to build the Ice Castle. The process is overseen by a site manager, who has worked closely with Brent Christensen to design the castle.

Q: How do you make an Ice Castle? How long does it take?
IceCastles_DanSchykulskiFBA: The Ice Castles are made by hand. Our crews grow roughly 10,000 icicles every day and place them throughout the Ice Castle to provide something for the water to freeze to. Over time the icicles just get absorbed into the ice structure. It is roughly a three month process to build the castle.

Q: How many locations do you have Ice Castle displays?
A: We have six locations across the US & Canada.

Q: Where can the Lake Geneva Ice Castles be found, and what are the hours?
A: The Ice Castle will be located on Riviera Beach, 812 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva. The hours will be announced soon.

Q: How should visitors dress to visit Ice Castles? What is appropriate attire?
A: Dress for winter! Warm clothes and winter boots are best. Shoes and boots with flat soles (like dress shoes or cowboy boots) are slippery and not recommended.
Everything inside the Ice Castles is made of ice and snow, including the walking paths. On sunny, warm days, the ice and snow will melt and the surface can become slippery.
Most people don’t have any difficulty walking through the Ice Castles with or without ski poles. However, if you are concerned about your safety inside the Ice Castles, please make your concern known to one of our staff before entering the Ice Castle. When you enter the Ice Castles, you agree to obey the Ice Castle rules and you accept our Waiver of Liability.

Q: How long does it take to go through the Ice Castles?
A: Typically people spend about an hour in the Ice Castles.

Q: Are there any tips & tricks about Ice Castles that visitors should know or keep an eye out for?
A: Here is a link to a blog post on 5 ways to enhance your Ice Castles experience: 5 Tips to Enhance your Ice Castle Experience

Q: What age range is suitable to visit Ice Castles?
A: Ice Castles is an amazing experience for all ages.

Q: How much does it cost? Where can you buy tickets?
A: Online| Mon. – Thurs. |General Admission (12+): $15.95     Child (4-11): $10.95
Online| Fri. – Sun. | General Admission (12+): $18.95     Child (4-11): $14.95

Walkup (Standby) | Mon. – Thurs. |General Admission (12+): $20     Child (4-11): $15
Walkup (Standby)| Fri. – Sun. |General Admission (12+): $25     Child (4-11): $20

Tickets will go on sale late November/early December. We recommend signing up for updates on our website to be notified when tickets go on sale!

Q: Are there group discounts?
A: Yes we offer 15% discount when you spend $150 or more in checkout.

IceCastles_LakeGenevaFBQ: What made you choose to create an Ice Castle in Lake Geneva, WI?
A: We believe the weather in Lake Geneva is ideal for building and sustaining the Ice Castles experience. Additionally, Lake Geneva’s proximity to Chicago, Illinois; and Milwaukee and Madison, Wisconsin makes it the perfect weekend getaway for those looking to escape the city. Riviera Beach, where Ice Castles will be built, offers a stunning backdrop that will compliment the beauty of the attraction.

Q: How long will Ice Castles be in Lake Geneva?
A: Typically we open late December and stay open until early March- weather permitting. We hope to return again after this season!

Q: Are there special events planned?
A: Yes, we will have Ice Princesses and fire performers. Details will be on our website within the next few weeks.

Q: Can pictures be taken in and of the Ice Castles?
A: Yes, and we want to see them (#icecastles)! Keep in mind that we do not allow tripods, blocking off of any part of the castle, or any props.

Q: Where can people share their experience? (Facebook, Instagram, etc.)
A: We love to see guest photos! Tag us on social media:
Instagram     @icecastles_
Facebook        https://www.facebook.com/IceCastlesWI/

For more information about Ice Castles WI and their upcoming announcements, check out the Ice Castles website and sign up for their newsletter updates, or follow them on their Facebook page.

Also visit the Walworth County Visitors Bureau events calendar
for up-to-date information on Ice Castles, Winterfest 2019
and other great winter fun!

Winterfest 2016

Winterfest Graphic 16Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Sculpting Teams at Work | 10 am – 5:30 pm
Riviera Park, Lake Geneva

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Sculpting Teams at Work | 10 am – 5:30 pm
Riviera Park, Lake Geneva

Ice Bar at Baker House | 5 – 10 pm
Baker House, 327 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva: The Baker House will be transforming its lakefront garden into a winter wonderland featuring their 6th annual “Fire & Ice Lounge.” Ice Angels will serve fireside drinks in cups made entirely of ice, and for those who prefer something a little less chilly, there will be signature hot toddies.

Friday, February 5, 2016

Sculpting Teams at Work | 10 am – 5:30 pm
Riviera Park, Lake Geneva

Cocoa Crawl | 4 – 7 pm
Downtown Lake Geneva: A fantastic FREE family night! Stop downtown between 4 – 7pm to pick up your map, explore downtown, and enjoy many different Pick up a free map and explore downtown, and enjoy a variety of cocoa recipes. Head back at 7pm to vote for your favorite cocoa recipe and have a chance to win fun prizes!

Ice Bar at Baker House | 5 – 10 pm
Baker House, 327 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva: The Baker House will be transforming its lakefront garden into a winter wonderland featuring their 6th annual “Fire & Ice Lounge.” Ice Angels will serve fireside drinks in cups made entirely of ice, and for those who prefer something a little less chilly, there will be signature hot toddies.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Free Downtown Shuttle | 8 am – 8 pm
During Winterfest, the City of Lake Geneva invites the community and visitors to park their vehicles and ride the FREE shuttle bus downtown.

Shuttle Bus Scheduled Date/Time for Winterfest
February 6, 2016 8 A.M-8 P.M.
February 7, 2016 8 A.M-8 P.M.
Pickup Stop: Home Depot 550 North Edwards Blvd, Lake Geneva
Drop-Off: Downtown Lake Geneva (front of US bank)

Winter Carnival | 9 am – 8 pm
The Mountaintop at Grand Geneva Resort, Lake Geneva: Bring your friends and family for a day filled with skiing, snowboarding and fun snow activities! (See website for full listing of activities)

Children’s Sculpting, Helicopter Rides | 10 am – 4 pm
Riviera Park, Lake Geneva

Riviera Marketplace | 10 am – 4 pm
Riviera Ballroom: Entertainment, food, fun and refreshments. Children’s entertainment. Gold sponsors information booths.

MAXX Winter Fun | 10 am – 4 pm
The Abbey Resort: Enjoy free ATV rides, vintage snowmobile displays, frozen turkey bowling, and ice skating*. Stay and dine at one of The Abbey Resort’s onsite restaurants. Ice skating rentals are available for $2.00 per pair or bring your own and skate* for free.

Sculpting Ends | 11 am
Riviera Park, Lake Geneva: Team judging begins.

Peoples’ Choice Award Voting | 11 am – 2 pm
Riviera Park, Lake Geneva: Vote for your favorite work of art. Ballots and Ballot Box can be found on site.

Beer Sampling | 11 am – 2 pm
Hill Country Market, 7510 288th Ave, Salem: Sample

Chili Cook-Off | 11 am – 3 pm
Hawk’s View Golf Club, 7377 Krueger Road, Lake Geneva: Step up to the challenge of Lake Geneva Country Meats’ Chili Cook-Off!

Winterfest Open House | 1 – 5 pm
Cornerstone Shop & Gallery 214 Broad Street, Lake Geneva:  for art and book signings, special guests, treats and refreshments during the store’s Winterfest Open House.

Ice Bar at Baker House | 1 – 10 pm
Baker House, 327 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva: The Baker House will be transforming its lakefront garden into a winter wonderland featuring their 6th annual “Fire & Ice Lounge.” Ice Angels will serve fireside drinks in cups made entirely of ice, and for those who prefer something a little less chilly, there will be signature hot toddie
s.

Sunday, February 7, 2016

Free Downtown Shuttle | 8 am – 8 pm
During Winterfest, the City of Lake Geneva invites the community and visitors to park their vehicles and ride the FREE shuttle bus downtown.

Shuttle Bus Scheduled Date/Time for Winterfest
February 6, 2016 8 A.M-8 P.M.
February 7, 2016 8 A.M-8 P.M.
Pickup Stop: Home Depot 550 North Edwards Blvd, Lake Geneva
Drop-Off: Downtown Lake Geneva (front of US bank)

Completed Sculpture Viewing
View the finished sculptures at Riviera and Flat Iron Parks. Teams return home.

Helicopter Rides | 10 am – 4 pm
Riviera Park, Lake Geneva

Riviera Marketplace | 10 am – 3 pm
Riviera Ballroom: Entertainment, food, fun and refreshments. Children’s entertainment. Gold sponsors information booths.

MAXX Winter Fun | 10 am – 4 pm
The Abbey Resort: Enjoy free ATV rides, vintage snowmobile displays, frozen turkey bowling, and ice skating*. Stay and dine at one of The Abbey Resort’s onsite restaurants. Ice skating rentals are available for $2.00 per pair or bring your own and skate* for free.

For more fun events and activities happening throughout the Lake Geneva area during Winterfest 2016, head over to www.VisitWalworthCounty.com!

Winterfest 2014: January 29-February 8

It’s back, and bigger & better than ever…Lake Geneva’s WINTERFEST 2014!  Who’s excited?!

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Winterfest will kick off January 29th with snow sculpting.  Winners are announced on Saturday, February 1st at 3:00pm at the Riviera Ballroom.  Join the party in the Riviera Ballroom on Saturday & Sunday 11:00am-4:00pm – there’s food, fun, and entertainment for everyone!

Worried about parking?  Don’t be!  Enjoy the FREE Lake Geneva Shuttle on Winterfest weekend (February 1-2).  FREE parking & pick-up is at the northeast corner of the Home Depot parking lot, located at 550 North Edwards Blvd.  Downtown drop-off and pick-up is in front of the US Bank at 303 Center Street.  The shuttle runs continuously every 20 minutes.

shuttle route

The fun continues for another week this year, with great Winterfest events like…
Laser Tag: Monday February 3, 4-8pm at Lake Geneva YMCA (203 South Wells Street, Lake Geneva)
Beach Bonfire: Tuesday February 4, 4-8pm at Riviera Beach (812 Wrigley Drive, Lake Geneva)
Magic Night & Hot Soup: Wednesday February 5, 4-8pm at Horticultural Hall (330 Broad Street, Lake Geneva)
Bingo Night: Thursday February 6, 6-9pm at The Cove of Lake Geneva (111 Center Street, Lake Geneva)
Human Dog Sled Competition: Friday February 7, 7-10pm and Saturday February 8, 12-3pm at Riviera Beach (812 Wrigley Drive)

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Additionally, Grand Geneva Resort will host their annual Winter Carnival at The Mountain Top on February 1st, with activities for adults and children throughout the day 10:00am-4:00pm.  Snowboard competitions, slalom races, and more during the day…plus the famous torch light parade and fireworks display around 8:00pm.  Call (262) 249-4726 for details!

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AND…Baker House will host the 4th annual Fire & Ice Lounge to coincide with Winterfest Weekend.  The festivities at Baker House start Thursday, January 30th.  ‘Ice Angels’ will be serving fireside drinks in cups made entirely of ice, plus you can enjoy the Baker House Signature Snowcones topped with flavor infused SKYY vodkas.  A custom carved Ice Bar, nightly ice carving exhibitions, plus great food, drinks & company await you at the Baker House Fire & Ice Lounge!

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For a full list of this weekend’s events, visit our Events Calendar.  To start planning your Lake Geneva trip, check out our website!  Now grab a few extra layers, bundle up, and get ready to hit the town this weekend at Lake Geneva’s Winterfest!

Recap of Lake Geneva’s Winterfest 2013

We hope that you got out to see the beautiful snow sculptures at the Riveria in downtown Lake Geneva this weekend, but in case you didn’t…here’s a few pictures!

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1st place sculpture at the 2013 Winterfest

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Check out the official WCVB Facebook page for pictures, snow activity updates, and weekly giveaways*.

 
*Giveaways will occur each week until March 29th as part of our Snow Much Fun campaign.  You must like us & fill out the information page under our Promos tab to be entered.  Good luck!