Door County Winter
Festival Highlights 2018

Door County Winter Events Highlights 2018

Winter has fully set in on the peninsula, with a fresh blanket of white snow covering the landscape, opening the door to a wide range of fun activities for families, couples, and group getaways.

Take advantage of winter and get outdoors to cross country ski, snowmobile, fat bike, and snowshoe any time, or plan your trip around one of these great festivals.

Nature of Romance

Cozy up and wind down this winter during Door County's Nature of Romance. Discover what makes this season such a magical time of year with endless shopping, wine tasting, dining, festivals and lodging packages. Enjoy dozens of special romantic packages offering luxurious accommodations, scrumptious food, fun-filled activities, a $25 Door County gift certificate and more! 

Find all the winter's activities and events as well as information on lodging, shopping, dining and more in our Winter Activity Guide

Free Ice Fishing Weekend

Throughout Door County
January 20-21

Break out the fishing gear and ice shanty! Residents and nonresidents of all ages can fish without a license in all the waters of Wisconsin (except for spring trout ponds). All other fishing regulations still apply.

Groundhog Day Parade

Throughout Ellison Bay
February 2

Will Spring arrive early? Celebrate Punxsutawney’s decision in Ellison Bay with a parade.

Fish Creek Winter Festival

Clark Park, Fish Creek
February 2-4

Brave the cold of February for family fun, wacky winter-themed carnival games for all ages (including, but not limited to, minnow racing and a bike toss), ice sculptures, live music, raffles, a chili cook-off, the Fruit Loop Fun Run and more. There are also plenty of places to buy warm food and beverages.


Celebrating Winter

Throughout Washington Island
February 9-17

Take part in a week long celebration of ice and snow with food, fun, adventure and entertainment. Sample chili entries for $5 at the annual Chili Cook Off, enter a photo contest, or register with the Lions Club to participate in the Fishing Derby and more! Don’t forget the local food specials, bake sales, live music, Island Players performances, and a “surprize” event!

Fire and Ice Weekend

Sturgeon Bay
February 16 - 18

Stroll around town or climb aboard the Door County Trolley for a complimentary tour of the community. Witness novice, intermediate, advanced and professional carvers transform blocks of snow and ice into works of art.  On Saturday evening, check out the annual Fire & Ice Dinner, Dance and Auction at Stone Harbor Resort with live music.