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Winter in Door County

Get Inspired in Wisconsin’s Winter Wonderland

Door County’s quiet season is the perfect time for a getaway to play on the snow and ice or cozy up by the fire. Explore otherworldly ice formations by the lake, dine at acclaimed restaurants, sample the wares at wineries and breweries, stock up at local stores and shops, experience one-of-a-kind seasonal festivals, and reconnect with nature and yourself. No matter how you spend your days, December–February is a special time to be here.

Winter High / Low Temperature Report

Dec. 39° / 22°
Jan. 31° / 19°
Feb. 33° / 19°

Winter Sunrise / Sunset Report

Dec. 7:07 a.m. / 4:10 p.m.
Jan. 7:27 a.m. / 4:29 p.m.
Feb. 7:09 a.m. / 4:58 p.m.

Winter Event Highlights

Snowshoes leaning against a fence with the snow-covered lake in the background.
November

Merry-Time Festival of Trees

Sturgeon Bay
Lit up cherry being dropped on New Years Eve.
December

New Year’s Eve Fireworks & Cherry Drop

Sister Bay
Santa standing in a parade.
January

New Year’s Day Parade

Egg Harbor
A sign that says Jacksonport Polar Bear Club.
January

Polar Bear Plunge

Jacksonport
People sitting outside bundled up by a fire.
February

Winter Festival

Fish Creek
Snow carving of a boat captain.
February

Fire & Ice Festival

Sturgeon Bay

Door County Snow Report

Snow Conditions

Wondering if Door County's 250 miles of trails are open for business? Explore the Winter Report to find out. This report is as up-to-date as possible, but visit the Door County Parks Department for the most accurate trail conditions.

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A couple in the snow walking toward an Ice Age Trail sign.

3 Ways to Take on the Tundra

Winter’s chill doesn’t stop visitors from taking advantage of the area's beautiful landscapes and ample outdoor space. Don’t forget to gear up at a winter-gear shop or equipment lender before hitting the trails, and be sure to stop at a local coffee shop or tavern for a post-excursion warmup.

  1. By Foot: Door County’s plentiful trails are the perfect spots to try cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, winter biking, and other winter sports.

  2. By Ice: If you’re a fan of extraordinary views, try venturing out onto a frozen lake for a little ice fishing. Or, strap on the old skates at the Teresa K. Hilander Ice Rink in Sister Bay for some ice skating, ice hockey, or broomball.

  3. By Machine: If speed is your need, consider snowmobiling or ATVing across an open field or a backwoods trail.
Silhouettes of people watching fireworks in the sky.

Celebrate the Season

Ring in the holidays and embrace the colder months at one of the many seasonal celebrations Door County hosts, including tree lightings, family events, and winter festivals. In addition to favorite festivities such as the Fish Creek Winter Fest, the Polar Plunge, and the Fire & Ice Festival, the region hosts plenty of other cold-weather events such as:

A woman and kids laying on the floor with two dogs.

Stay Warm with Indoor Activities

Relax at area salons or spas, catch a play or a live show at a performance venue, or shop for unique holiday gifts. Door County’s array of galleries, boutiques, and shops means you can get some serious gift shopping done or treat yourself to post-holiday sales.

From the Newsletter: 20 Things to Do in Winter

We like to think trying new things and spending time outdoors as much as possible are always good goals, but the transitioning of the season and the end of a long and trying year make it an especially good time to put yourself out there and embrace a new hobby or gain a new perspective.

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