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January 26 - February 3, 2019


Every winter, Lake Geneva hosts Winterfest, a nine day festival that celebrates art, winter, family, and fun with over a dozen amazing events.

2019 Winterfest will be Saturday, January 26th to Sunday, February 3rd, 2019.

Winterfest is home to dozens of events including the United States National Snow Sculpting Championship (January 30th to February 2nd) , where fifteen teams of the most talented snow sculptors and artists from around the country gather to compete for a national title. The entire competition is open to the public, so Winterfest attendees can actually watch the artists at work!

The Nine Day Festival has so much more during every day you come. Winterfest hosts a Hovercraft Competition with Rides, Human Dog Sled Races, The Amazing Ice Castles, Live Music, Magic shows, Helicopter Rides, a Chili Cook-off, Ice Bars and so much more. There is something for everyone in Lake Geneva!

Excited about Winterfest? Check out the upcoming events!

Ice Castles is an awe-inspiring, must-see winter phenomenon that brings fairy tales to life. 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.


12:00 – 2:00 PM – Hovercraft Experiences and Meet & Greet - Wrigley Drive & Boat Launch

Hovercraft Rides will be available to the general public. Tickets will be available onsite; $20 for Adults and $15 for children 12 and under.

2:00 – 4:00 PM – Lake Geneva Hovercraft Challenge (On Geneva Lake/Viewing on Wrigley)

World Speed Record attempt at 3:30 PM

 4:00 – 6:00 PM – Hovercrafts Up Close & Personal – Wrigley Drive & Boat Launch

6:00 PM – Hovercraft Lighted Regatta on Geneva Lake


What are the Human Dog Sled Races?

Think traditional dog sledding – with a twist. Each team consists of six people: which include four sled pullers, a sled rider and a sled pusher. All sleds and harnesses are provided. Once registered, simply show up ready to race to the finish! Teams compete against each other in a double elimination tournament to determine the winners.

The event will take place at the Grand Geneva Mountain Top Chalet. 

Further Registration information to come!


Join us for our Winterfest Souper Family Fun Night at Harbor Shores. Enjoy a variety of soups provided by local restaurants from around the county! To participate, each person must donate 2 non-perishable items or pay a $4 cash donation for 5 soups.

It's a fun night for the entire family because children of all ages will be able to enjoy some music, balloon animals, jokes, and then join in the interactive game show at 6:30pm.

All proceeds of this event go to benefit Lake Geneva's local food pantry.


Join us for a wonderful evening of Music, Comedy, and Magic at the Riviera Ballroom.

Come experience an evening of fun overlooking Geneva Lake. Only $10 at the door (Under 6 Free) 

Music: Unhitch’d
Comedy: Bob Jay
Magic: Tristan Crist Magic and Illusion Show
Snacks and Drinks will be available. **First drinks included in price**
Where: Riviera Ballroom


The Cocoa Crawl is a family-friendly event taking place as a compliment to the many Winterfest activities happening in the area from January 26th – February 3rd. This event is free and will take place downtown Lake Geneva. 

You can check in at the start point (TBD) to pick up a map and list of participating businesses. From there, feel free to visit as many businesses as you would like and come back to the start location to vote on your favorite. 

If you’re a downtown business and would like to participate, please email Bridget at :

Location: Various Locations Downtown Lake Geneva


Vote for your favorite sculpture!

Lake Geneva Region High School Bands will play in the Riviera Ballroom at 10:00am.

Voting for People's Choice Snow Sculpture will begin 11:00am and end at 1:00pm. The voting areas are located in the Riviera Ballroom and in the Visitor Center in Flat Iron Park.

The Awards Ceremony will start at 3:00 P.M. in the Riviera Ballroom. 

Be sure to pick up your informational guide when you arrive!


Do you have a great chili recipe, love to eat chili or are you just looking for a fun winter event? Come to the Fourth Annual Lake Geneva Chili Cookoff presented by Lake Geneva Country Meats and Hawk’s View Golf Course on February 2nd, 2019! Hosted at Hawk’s View Golf Course, this event is just $10 to attend, kids under 10 are free, and a family of 4 gets in for $25! After 1 PM, tickets are just $5 for entertainment, sledding, s’mores, and hot chocolate. Tickets to attend are sold at the door when you arrive. Check out what we have planned:

  • Enjoy a Bloody Mary Bar starting at 11:00 AM.
  • Sample the chili starting at 11:30 AM until we’re out!
  • Vote for your favorite chili for the People’s Choice award winner! Voting ends at 1:00 PM when we announce the winners!
  • Enjoy live music from the Barnacles from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM.
  • Beer and wine sampling.
  • Food specials.
  • Get the kids a cup of hot cocoa from the hot cocoa bar and make s’mores by the fire.
  • Bring a sled to go sledding on Hawk’s View’s big hill! Weather permitting, of course.
  • Take part in fun kid’s activities like face painting, bean bag toss, mini golf and more.


Join us at The Mountain Top at Grand Geneva Resort & Spa for the annual Winter Carnival. Bring your friends and family for a day filled with skiing, snowboarding, and fun snow activities!

  • Begins at 9:00 AM
  • Open to guests and the public
  • Games and competitions include Ski Boarder Cross and Rail Jam
  • Kids activities and fireworks show are complimentary, lift ticket needed to access skiing and snowboarding events on the ski hill
  • Beer Tent
  • Torch Light Hillside parade at 8:30 PM