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Thank You!

Lake Geneva Winterfest 2019 Was a Blast!

See You in 2020!

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!

Click here to meet the teams!

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. Make your reservation to experience enter the land of Ice Wonder at www.IceCastles.com


 

January 26


DUE TO ADVERSE WEATHER CONDITIONS, THE HOVERCRAFT WORLD SPEED RECORD HAS BEEN CANCELLED.
RIDES WILL ALSO NO LONGER BE AVAILABLE TO THE PUBLIC, DUE TO SAFETY CONCERNS BECAUSE OF SUBZERO WEATHER CONDITIONS.

Meet the Hovercraft pilots and see their crafts during an exclusive Question and Answer session held from 12:30PM-2:00PM.

A brief hovercraft demonstration may be held, weather permitting, at 2:00PM


 


Come join in the Winterfest festivities with LUDY & the Tunes! Dinner Dance & Show featuring the satin vocals of LUDY and his Jazz Combo the Tunes. Great Jazz Dance Standards from Sinatra to Billie Holiday! Great venue, Buffet Menu, Evening of Live music and Dancing for $29.95. Cash Bar.

Please contact LUDY at 224-541-0066 for reservations or more details.


 


Freddie's West End will be hosting their annual Fishing Derby on Lake Como on Saturday, January 26, 2019 from 7am to 3pm. Cash prizes for biggest Bass and Northern. 50/50 Raffle and others raffles. Registration fee to enter. All are welcome!


 

january 27


CANCELLED

Unfortunately, due to Adverse Weather Conditions and Safety Concerns, the Human Dog Sled Races have been Cancelled.


 


Can You Escape?

Experience exceptional fun and excitement in an extremely challenging environment! You have just 60 minutes to unravel the mystery and escape the room. Bring your friends, family, or colleagues for this fun and challenging experience where you are locked in a room and must decode the clues, solve the puzzle, and make your escape!

Book Today!


 


Splurge on your Sunday with a lavish all you can eat spread and bottomless champagne and mimosas. Enjoy breakfast favorites such as a build your own omelet station made fresh to your liking, waffles, hometown bacon or sausage, seafood delicacies such as crab legs and peel n' eat shrimp, as well as fresh carved prime rib and seasonal carving stations. Brunch culminates with an unforgettable dessert spread that will leave you feeling complete.

The Grand Geneva Chophouse Sunday Champagne Brunch is a must for discerning guests and visitors alike.


 


Come join us for the most amazing vegetable-infused Bloody Mary in one of the best local bars in Wisconsin. The key is in the secret mix and special infused vodka that will delight you! Don't forget the beer chaser!

Enjoy great people with your favorite music on the Jukebox. See you there!


january 28


Cancelled

Unfortunately, this event has been cancelled due to weather conditions.


 


Experience incredibly realistic golf with the comfort and convenience of being indoors.

4k graphics make the experience feel as if you are at a real course!

Choose to play one of 22 world renowned courses, including Doral Blue Monster, Hazeltine National, Oakmont CC, and Torrey Pines; or groove your swing on the practice range.

Book your time today!


 

january 29


Take a trip back in time to the roaring 20's and enjoy an Original Wisconsin Supper Club evening at Mars Resort.

Come experience where the gangsters of the era hung out after moving the illegal booze for prohibition.

Leave your Tommy Gun at home but be sure to wear your best 1920's attire and join in the revelry while you hang out and sing at the piano while enjoying delicious food with friends.

No cover charge!


 


Personal Chef Julie Tominaro of Crafty Kitchen and The Bottle Shop Present a special Winterfest Four Course Wine and Food Pairing Event. 

Enjoy a reception wine, followed by a four course meal — with a new wine expertly chosen for each course! 

Reservations are required by January 25. Click here for more information!


 

january 30


The building of the snow blocks has been completed, and sculpting teams are beginning to work on their masterpieces! Watch as 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!

Click here to meet the teams!

Be sure to vote for your favorite sculpture on February 2 and watch the award ceremony at 3:00 PM, February 2, in the Riviera Ballroom.


 


Due to extreme temperatures and safety concerns, kids' snow sculpting has been cancelled.


 

january 31


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


 

february 1


The Cocoa Crawl is a family-friendly event taking place as a complement to the many Winterfest activities. This event is free and will take place downtown Lake Geneva. 

The 2019 Cocoa Crawl will be held on February 1st from 4:00pm-6:30pm with starting and ending points at both the Bottle Shop (617 W Main St) and Frank's Original (272 Broad St).

You can check in at the start point 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 Ashley at :  Ashley@streetsoflakegeneva.com


 


Join us as we shake into February with a mixology workshop. Starting at 5:30 in the evening, you will learn how to mix crowd pleasing cocktails in an hour long mixology class. Small plates will be served as you sip, mingle and shake. Immediately following the workshop, you will be seated in the dining room for a three-course dinner with cocktail pairings.

We’ll be hosting Tony Ocean and The Jersey Girls starting at 9pm. We welcome you to stay and enjoy the live music.

Space is limited. Participants must be 21 years or older.


 


Covering your jazz, pop, and dance standards from the '60s, '70s, and '80s, Tony Ocean takes you on a song-filled journey from standards of Miles Davis, The Beatles, and even a bit of Cheap Trick.

Join us for late night entertainment at The Grandview Restaurant at The Geneva Inn.

No Cover Charge


 

Check out the very first Cartoon Art Gallery at Avant Cycle Cafe in downtown Lake Geneva, Feb 1-3.  This Cartoon Art Gallery is to give you a little glimpse of the "behind the scenes" of how animations are created AND some never before seen sketches and backgrounds currently in production. In addition there are also going to be blown up pages of the Jeff Balkes Cartoon Art Gallery's first kids' book coming out over the summer.

The Gallery will be open 11:00AM - 6:00PM on Friday, February 1 and Saturday, February 2.
Sunday, February 3 the Gallery will be open 11:00AM - 4:00PM.

This is a free event for everyone to come in and enjoy animation and a new animation studio right in their own backyard.

february 2


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 10:00am and end at 2:30pm in The Riviera. The voting areas are located in the Riviera Ballroom and in the Visitor Center in Flat Iron Park. Voting in the Visitor's Center will end at 2:00pm.

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!


 


Registration for Competitors Is Open! Register Here

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 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! Tickets to attend are sold at the door when you arrive. Check out what we have planned:

  • Judge tasting starts 10:15 AM – 11:00 AM
  • Chili sampling will be open to the public from 11:00 PM – Whenever Chili Runs Out!
  • 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.

Visit www.lakegenevachilicookoff.com for more information 

 

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

     


Come inside from the cold and into the Riviera Ballroom to enjoy live music from the talented students of Badger High School and Darien Delavan High School.

Badger High School Performance: 10:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Darien Delavan High School Performance: 12:45 PM - 2:45 PM


 


Relax with a glass of wine and join artist Jennifer Stoll of JenniferSomething.com to create this 16″x20″ acrylic painting titled “Winter Woods”. Using the pre-sketched design, you can follow the steps exactly or add your own creative touch. Designed for ALL skill levels, from first-time beginner to advanced.

$35 per person, includes all materials and a complimentary glass of wine.

Additional beverages available for purchase.

Please RSVP at reservations@ridgelakegeneva.com or call 262.249.3800.


 


Would you like a beautiful aerial view of Lake Geneva?

Come and visit MF Helicopters, LLC at Winterfest!

Landing location TBD. Up to three people per ride for only $40 per person. 


 

february 3


Come enjoy entertainment from the musicians of Lake Geneva House of Music. Playing from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM in the Riviera Ballroom. This is a free event - Food and drinks will also be available for purchase.


 


Splurge on your Sunday with a lavish all you can eat spread and bottomless champagne and mimosas. Enjoy breakfast favorites such as a build your own omelet station made fresh to your liking, waffles, hometown bacon or sausage, seafood delicacies such as crab legs and peel n' eat shrimp, as well as fresh carved prime rib and seasonal carving stations. Brunch culminates with an unforgettable dessert spread that will leave you feeling complete.

The Grand Geneva Chophouse Sunday Champagne Brunch is a must for discerning guests and visitors alike.


 


Come join us for the most amazing vegetable-infused Bloody Mary in one of the best local bars in Wisconsin. The key is in the secret mix and special infused vodka that will delight you! Don't forget the beer chaser!

Enjoy great people with your favorite music on the Jukebox. See you there!


 


Start the month with our soon-to-be-famous Bloody Mary bar, perfectly mixed sweet-savory menu, and spinmaster Kyle Woods dropping the beat. Pajamas optional.