Winterfest is Back in Lake Geneva
Winterfest is coming to Lake Geneva and it’s an extravaganza families won’t want to miss! There are plenty of winter events, winter adventures and winter
carnivals in Wisconsin, but what makes a winter festival an honest to goodness winter wonderland? At this year’s Winterfest in Lake Geneva, the national
snow sculpting champions will be crowned, bonfires and s’mores on the beach will be back by popular demand along with human dog sled races, and fire dance performances and winter-inspired movies at the Geneva Theater!
Fest-goers needn’t worry about feeling a chill, not with a Downtown Cocoa Crawl on Friday and an indoor marketplace in the Riviera Ballroom Saturday and Sunday. Nearby restaurants will be serving hearty comfort food too, including Champs Sports Bar & Grill which is hosting a bourbon whiskey dinner pairing and will have a heated outdoor beer garden. For more warmth, try the warming igloos at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Pier 290 or The Ridge Hotel, where you can curl up with a hot toddy and enjoy some tasty nibbles too. The Ridge will also have an outdoor bar made entirely of ice. Families are invited to Gallery 223 downtown to enjoy indoor arts activities hosted by the Geneva Lakes Arts Foundation.
Snowsculpting and Fun at Winterfest
Of course, the showstopper of Lake Geneva Winterfest is the National Snow Sculpting Championship! Winterfest guests can watch in awe while huge snow blocks are transformed into detailed works of art with simple hand tools. Official carving start time is 11 a.m. on Wednesday. This year’s teams hail from as far away as Alaska and Maine and come from close to home too with teams representing Wisconsin and neighboring states. The judging panel is made up of the participants themselves, all 45 snow sculptors, and they choose their top five, with the only caveat that they not vote for themselves. The winning teams will be crowned on Saturday at 3 p.m.
Explore the Lake Geneva Ice Castles
This year’s Lake Geneva Ice Castles at Geneva National Resort is about one acre in size, more than double last winter’s location. Crews of ice artists are expecting to spend a total of 4,000 hours shaping and assembling the frozen icicles. Visitors are invited to take in the LED-lit sculptures, frozen thrones, ice-carved tunnels, slides and fountains that make up the ice castle. The whole family will love creating memories in the Ice Castles!