Candle Hike in Milwaukee

6 Candlelight Hikes for Families Around Milwaukee (2022)

Hikers go on a candlelight hike during winter in Wisconsin. There is snow on the ground and candles lighting the path.
Photo from Lapham Peak Friends.

Grab your warmest clothes and experience the dark winter in a whole new light. These candlelight hikes around Milwaukee are sure to be a memorable experience for the whole family:


1. 2022 Candlelight Hike/Ski at Lapham Peak

Saturday, January 29th, 2022 from 6:00 – 8:45 p.m.
Homestead Hollow area
Kettle Moraine State Forest Lapham Peak Unit
W329 N846 County Highway C, Delafield
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Lapham Peak’s popular candlelight hike is back this year, and you’ll want to plan ahead.

A 2022 WI State Park annual vehicle admission sticker or a $5.00 Special Event vehicle admission fee is required per car. A ticket voucher is also required for each car that wishes to attend the event. Vouchers are available first-come, first-served, and there is a limit of one per person at time of pickup.

Vouchers may be picked up at the Lapham Peak office starting January 4 and prior to 6 pm on Friday, January 28, 2022 in order to ensure access to the event. Office hours are generally 8am-4:30pm but call 262-646-3025 before hand to make sure it is staffed and that vouchers are still available. Carpooling is encouraged. Entrants should arrive during the time frame specified on their Ticket Voucher.

After the hike, you can warm yourself by the bonfire, bring your own food and grill outside, and enjoy treats through Trecker Lodge window.


2. Wild Winter Nights Candlelight Hikes (Fox River Park)

Thursday, February 10th, 2022 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Fox River Park
W264S4500 River Rd., Waukesha
Meet at the Family Picnic Area near Entrance
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This free candlelight hike is self-guided. Park admission fee or annual sticker is required for entry, and no registration is necessary. There will be warm beverages and sweet available for purchase at the campfire. Well-behaved furry friends on a 6 ft leash are welcome to attend, as well.


3. Wild Winter Nights Candlelight Hike (Retzer Nature Center)

Thursday, February 17, 2022
Retzer Nature Center and Horwitz-DeRemer Planetarium
S14W28167 Madison St., Waukesha at the Environmental Learning Center
6 – 8:30 p.m.
$5.00/person – (Free for Ages 2 & Under, Friends of Retzer Members and Friends of Horwitz-DeRemer Planetarium Members)
Registration required by Tues., February 15
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Take a self-guided hike by candlelight and experience family fun throughout the night. There will be kid’s activities in the Community Room, Planetarium Shows, a guided children’s night hike, and more.

Warm beverages and sweet will be available for purchase from Mama D’s Coffee. No dogs are allowed at Retzer Nature Center. Snowshoes available if conditions allow.



4. Candlelight hike at Fox Brook Park


Thursday, February 24th, 2022 from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m
2925 N. Barker Rd., Brookfield at the Beach House

Bring the family for a free self-guided hike by candlelight around the pond at Fox Brook Park in Brookfield. Park admission or an annual sticker is required for entry, and no registration is necessary.

Warm beverages and sweets available for purchase at the campfire! Well-behaved dogs on a 6 ft. leash are welcome. 


5. Urban Candlelight Hike

Saturday, February 26, 2022, 5:30-8pm
Three Bridges Park 
610 S 35th St. Milwaukee, Wisconsin 53215 
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A family roasts marshmallows around the fire at the Urban Ecology Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.
Photo by Ben Martorell

For the fifth year, the urban Ecology Center is hosting the Urban Candlelight Hike in Three Bridges Park. Grab your stocking cap and crew and enjoy toasty warm campfires at the Fireside Plaza and along the trails.

Learn about winter camping, try on snowshoes, and check out cross country skis & snowshoes from the Urban Ecology Center.

There will be food trucks near the Fireside Plaza – Jamaican Kitchen, Riley’s Good Dogs (traditional & plant-based), & more.

Orenda Café will have hot chocolate (non-alcoholic and spiked) and chimichangas (meat or vegetarian) for sale from the restaurant from 5:00-8:30 pm. Located at 514 W. National Ave, about a block away from the Urban Ecology Center. Visitors can order indoors, but no dine-in option will be available.

This event is co-hosted by: Urban Ecology Center and Friends of Hank Aaron State Trail


6. Pike Lake Candlelight Hike

Saturday, February 12, 2022, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m.

3544 Kettle Moraine Rd, Hartford, WI 53027

Join the Friends of Pike Lake for their annual illuminated evening. There will be over 350 luminaries places along two one-mile loops. Afterwards, stop by the North Shelter to grab a snack and warm up by the bonfire. The Northern Cross Science Foundation will be providing telescopes for night sky viewing to add an extra sparkle to the night.

Due to high demand, vouchers are required for this event. Vouchers are free and will be available for pickup beginning Jan. 18. Two voucher options are available, either from 4-6 p.m. or 6-8 p.m.  State Park vehicle admission stickers are required and are recommended for purchase ahead of time to streamline entry into the event.

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