Lake Geneva's Holiday & Winter Happenings
From the Santa Cruise boat tour and electric Christmas parade to a Polar Express train ride and an immense ice castle with tunnels, slides, and thrones, Lake Geneva is a must-visit winter wonderland. Perfectly located downtown for the season's adventures, The Cove offers suites with separate sleeping quarters, living area with fireplace and kitchen -- ideal for a holiday getaway!
Santa Cruise Boat Tour
Daily | November 23-December 31, 2018
Set sail on a magical Christmas boat cruise to Santa’s lakeshore hideaway! Marvel at enchanted shoreline light displays and see and hear Santa as he calls out the names on his "Nice List!" Before or after the tour, visit the Tree Festival in the Wooden Boat Shed. Advance tickets recommended.
Address: Gage Marina, 1 Liechty Dr., Williams Bay
Electric Christmas Parade
December 1, 2018 | 5:00-6:30pm
Line up along Lake Geneva's charming downtown streets for a spectacular Whoville-themed Christmas parade, complete with the Grinch, his characters, and Santa, too! PS: Don't forget a bag to bring home all the candy handed out at the parade! Free event.
Address: Begins at Williams & Marshall streets
Phone: (262) 248-4416
Website: Visit Lake Geneva
NEW! Ice Castles
Daily | Late December - Early March
Built with thousands of icicles and lit up with LED lights that twinkle to music, this cool castle on the Riveria Beach -- just steps from The Cove -- will feature tricked-out with tunnels, fountains, sculptures, slides, and thrones — all made of ice! Must purchase tickets in advance.
Address: Riviera Beach, 812 Wrigley Dr., Lake Geneva
Santa & His Reindeer
Saturday, December 1, 8 & 15
Santa loves Lake Geneva, where he hangs out with his reindeer for three Saturdays to hear about your wish lists and give you the opportunity to nuzzle with his flighty team!
Address: Downtown Lake Geneva
Phone: (262) 248-4416
November 24-25 | December 1-2, 8-9, 15-16
This magical ride from the East Troy Depot to Santa's workshop at the Elegant Farmer is reminiscent of the beloved Polar Express. Visit Santa, enjoy hot cocoa and cookies, and get into the spirit of the season! It is recommended that you purchase tickets in advance.
Address: 2002 Church St., East Troy, WI
January 26 - February 3, 2019
Celebrated for the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Championship, Winterfest allows the public to marvel as artists carve their frosty creations. Also enjoy Hovercraft competitions, a human dog sled race, the Ice Castles, helicopter rides, ice bars, and magic show and more!
Address: Riviera Pier, 812 Wrigley Dr., Lake Geneva
Phone: (262) 248-1000