February 1, 2023

Get ready for the chill at the Lake Geneva Winterfest, taking place from February 1st to 5th. The family-friendly event features snow sculptures, lakeside bonfires, ice sculptures and more.

The annual event, which also hosts the US Snow Sculpting Championship, will feature 15 giant snow sculptures created by highly talented US teams representing a variety of states across the country. The sculpting begins on Wednesday February 1st at 11am on the frozen shore of Lake Geneva and ends on Saturday February 4th at 1pm. The sculptures stay as long as Mother Nature allows.

During the sculpting competition, last year’s national champions, Team Sculptora Borealis of Wisconsin, will return for their title against teams from Alaska, Illinois, Colorado, North Dakota, Vermont, New York, Iowa, Illinois, New Hampshire, Minnesota, Michigan to defend and Iowa.

The winning team, chosen by the sculptors themselves, will be announced at a public awards ceremony at the Riviera Ballroom on Saturday at 3pm. Visitors can also vote for the audience award.

Downtown Lake Geneva
Ice sculptures downtown in 2022 (Photo: Visit Lake Geneva)
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Downtown Lake Geneva will also be adorned with ice in the form of handcrafted ice sculptures displayed in front of more than 30 shops. Meanwhile, Flat Iron Park will feature a children’s snow sculpture garden featuring creations from four area elementary schools.

Do you need to warm up? On Friday, Saturday and Sunday, head to Riviera Beach for Bonfires on the Beach, an event featuring bonfires of the same name, plus hot cocoa and s’mores kits. Festive favorites will also be served by local food trucks as well as vendors in the Riviera building.


The Baker House will have an ice bar on its front lawn and Maxwell Mansion will be hosting Freaky Tiki Winterfest activities on Sunday, February 5th, including snow painting, hot chocolate bombs and a Tiki Igloo with fun family activities.

More information about the Lake Geneva Winterfest is available online.

The Winter Carnival at the Grand Geneva Resort will also take place on Saturday February 4th. The annual Winter Carnival celebration includes skiing, snowboarding, human skittles on Sled Hill and candy scrambles, with the grand finale of a torch parade and fireworks celebration in the evening. [More information here]

Don’t miss Lake Geneva Ice Castles, an artisan exhibit featuring caves and tunnels, slides and crawl spaces, and tower sculptures and formations, all made of ice. [Purchase your tickets online].

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