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New Year Events in Door County

Happy New Year! Winter has settled in on the county, but the residents are anything but settled. This is the time of year when skis, snowshoes, and sleds are taken out of their summer storage and brought to the county's snowy hills and trails for some winter fun. Festivals in winter are all about celebrating creative ways to have fun during the cold months.

New Year’s Day Parade

Downtown Egg Harbor
Jan. 1

Wrap up in your warmest gear and head out to Egg Harbor for its annual New Year’s Day parade. This informal, goofy parade rings in the new year with food and warm drinks! There is no formal registration to participate. Visit for more information.

Polar Bear Plunge

Lakeside Park, Jacksonport
Jan. 1

Start your new year with this annual chilly event. Go in your bathing suit or dress up in your favorite costume—just make sure to bring towels, blankets, warm clothes, and anything else you might need to warm up afterward. Registration opens at 10:30 a.m., and the plunge starts at 12 p.m.

Polar Plunge

First Day Hike

Peninsula State Park, Weborg Shelter
Jan. 1

Start the new year by getting outdoors with a family-friendly 1–3 mile trek, and warm up with a cup of cocoa afterwards. This is a free event, but a state park vehicle sticker is required. No pets allowed.

First Day Hike

Newport State Park, Nature Center
Jan. 1

Enjoy a 3-mile hike to start off the new year. Snow shoes are permitted, and poles and/or walking sticks are encouraged. Post-hike cider and hot chocolate provided. This is a free event, but a state park vehicle sticker is required.

Free Ice Fishing Weekend

Newport State Park
Jan. 19–20

All day residents and nonresidents can fish without a license in all the waters of Wisconsin (except for spring trout ponds). All other fishing regulations still apply.

Winter Candlelight Ski

Whitefish Dunes State Park
Jan. 26

Join the Friends of Whitefish Dunes State Park and enjoy this annual winter candlelight event. Separate trails available for skiers and hikers. The shelter features a warming fire along with hot beverages, popcorn, and baked goods. Please leave your pet at home. This event is free, but a state park vehicle sticker is required.

Fish Creek Winter Festival

Clark Park, Fish Creek
Feb. 1–3

Find creative ways to have fun and keep warm at this popular winter festival featuring wacky winter-themed carnival games for all ages, ice sculptures, music, raffles, a chili cook-off, food, beverages, and more. Visit for more information.

Candlelight Ski/Hike

Peninsula State Park
Feb. 2

Ski or hike a one-mile loop with hundreds of lit candles lining the trail. After enjoying the candle-lined trails, warm up by the bonfire and partake in refreshments at the warming shelter. No pets allowed. Weather permitting. This is a free even, but a park vehicle sticker is required.

See beautiful Whitefish Dunes State Park in winter.

Winter Festival

Embrace the season at the Winter Festival.

Ski or hike by candlelight.

Fruit Loop run

Join the wackiness at the Fruit Loop Run.

Miss Door County Pageant

Southern Door Auditorium, Brussels
Feb. 2

Featuring women from the Door County area, the pageant will have a panel of judges will decide who will be crowned Miss Door County and Miss Door County Outstanding Teen.

Fruit Loop Fun Run

Clark Park, Fish Creek
Feb. 3

This scenic half-mile fun run/walk through downtown Fish Creek will begin and end at the tent in Clark Park. Don’t miss the post-race breakfast of Fruit Loops! Part of the Fish Creek Winter Festival activities.

Door County Pond Hockey Tournament

Kangaroo Lake, Baileys Harbor
Feb. 9

Sixty teams compete on Kangaroo Lake for the coveted Stanley Thermos. The tournament features a warming tent, food and beverages, and an open rink on the ice for those looking to join the players on the ice. For more information and to register visit

Celebrating Winter

Washington Island
Feb. 9–17

Take part in a week-long celebration of ice and snow with food, fun, adventure, and entertainment. Register with the Lions Club to participate in the Fishing Derby and more. For more information visit

Door County Short Film Festival

Sister Bay Village Hall, Sister Bay
Feb. 15–16

This annual film festival celebrates the vision and creativity of budding and professional filmmakers in the United States, and sometimes even beyond. Featured films change from year-to-year. See what is being featured this year! For more information visit

Sturgeon Bay Fire & Ice Festival

Sturgeon Bay
Feb. 16

Witness novice, intermediate, advanced, and professional carvers transform blocks of snow and ice into works of art. The carvers are spread throughout Sturgeon Bay. Explore the town and watch their works come to life. Visit for more information.