Winter Activities

12th Annual Frozen Assets Festival, February 3-4

  • Guess when the lakes are going to freeze highlight

Cross-country skiing and snowshoeing

    • City of Madison Parks cross-country skiing page
    • The Madison Nordic Ski Club offers area trail maps and trail conditions
    • Check out trail options through the Wisconsin State Park Snowshoe Trails: Devil’s Lake, The Glacial Drumlin State Trail, The Ice Age Trail


Downhill skiing, snowboarding, and snow tubing

City of Madison Winter Fun in Madison Parks

Madison Winter Festival

  • usually held in early February

Winter Lights

  • Fantasy In Lights
    • Olin Park, 1156 Olin-Turville Court, Madison
      November 11 – the New Year; Dawn to Dusk | FREE
  • Hickory Hill Academy
    • Open to the public through the end of the year – cars are welcome to pull into the parking lot and view from there.
    • 3276 S. High Point Road | Madison, WI
  • Zoo Lights | Henry Vilas Zoo
    • Zoo Lights is open from 5:30pm – 8:30pm Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays between November 24 – December 17 and also open December 18-30. It takes approximately one hour to walk through the whole Zoo and see all the lights.
  • Rotary Botanical Gardens Holiday Light Show
    • 1455 Palmer Drive, Janesville
  • Rotary Lights, Waunakee
    • 500 E. Main Street, Waunakee | November 19-December 31
    • Waunakee’s Village Park transforms into a winter wonderland with light-lined streets and holiday displays. Enjoy the lights either on foot or from your car.
  • Lake Ripley Park Holiday Lights, Cambridge
    • November 30 – January 1
      Get into the holiday spirit with a light display in Cambridge’s Lake Ripley Park. Drive through nearly a half mile of holiday lights and displays.

Winter Lights Home Displays

  • 7006 Colony Drive, Madison (link)
  • 2544 Bellflower Ln, Sun Prairie (link)
  • 4289 Dicky Lane, Madison (link)
  • 4682 Brown Thrush Trail, Cottage Grove, WI
  • 6202 Sharpsburg Drive, Madison
  • 2550 Upham St, Madison
  • 5558 Galway Drive, Waunakee
  • 3766 Sunburst Rd, Madison