Lake Geneva Ice Castles

Winter Wonderland

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

Santa Cruise Boat Tour
Daily | Now – 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!”



Santa & His Reindeer
December 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!


East Troy Christmas Train

Christmas Train
December 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.


The Igloo Experience

The Igloo Experience
Thursday – Sunday  |  11am – 9pm  |  Scheduled to begin after Thanksgiving

Frost yourself in an illuminated igloo out back at The Ridge Hotel and enjoy winter libations, apps and sweets while cuddled up amidst the glow and snow.


Ice CastlesIce 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, available by clicking here.  For more information, visit:


Polar PlungePolar Plunge
January 1, 2019  |  12pm

Join the masses as they take a plunge into the freezing waters of Geneva Lake on New Year’s Day.  The plunge will take place at 12:00pm on the Williams Bay Beach at Geneva Street, just east of Edgewater Park. In the event that the beach is frozen, the plunge will take place at Pier 290 at 1 Leichty Drive in Williams Bay.


Ice Skating at The Ridge HotelIce Skating at The Ridge Hotel
Daily, 10am-10pm  |  Scheduled to open January 2019

Our fully-lit outdoor ice rink brings back-to-basic joy to this classic winter pastime. Bring your own skates or rent from the front desk, then take a spin.


Snow Sculpting

Winterfest 2019
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!