It’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride in southeastern Wisconsin! Take a magical sleigh or sled ride in the great outdoors. Here are some local options:
1. Apple Holler
5006 S. Sylvania Ave., Sturtevant, WI 53177
(262) 884-7100 (call for reservations)
Cost: $125 for up to four people; $25 for each additional person
The old-fashioned private sleigh rides at Apple Holler take you and your family through the snow-covered orchards and 100-year-old hardwoods, while you enjoy the scenery and listen to the clopping of the Amish Haflinger horses pulling you (reservations required). Afterward, enjoy s’mores around a campfire and a cup of hot cocoa or warm apple cider. Apple Holler recommends wearing warm clothes and bringing your own comfy blankets. Want to tip your horses? Bring some long carrots for them to snack on!
2. Dan Patch Stables
7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva, WI, United States, 53147
Cost: $75 per sleigh load (up to 4 adults and 2 children)
The horse-drawn sleigh rides at Dan Patch Stables take you through some of the most beautiful areas on the Grand Geneva property. Sleigh rides are weather and snow-condition permitting, so call before you go. (A good base layer of 4-6 inches of snow is required.) Reservations are required and fill up fast, especially on the weekends. Closed Tuesdays, Thursdays, Thanksgiving and Christmas.
3. Roden Barnyard Adventures
5545 County Road Y, West Bend, WI 53095
Cost: $45 Adults; $29 Children under 13
NOTE: Tickets are SOLD OUT for 2021, but Roden is currently looking into adding another team of horses to accommodate more rides. Get on their waitlist to be notified if these opportunities become available.
Listen to the sleigh bells ring while a team of percheron horses pull you on a sleigh across hundreds of beautiful wooded acres lit with thousands of Christmas lights. (If there’s no snow on the ground, the team will pull a wagon.) Before your ride and after, sit at the campfire and tell stories – or warm up inside the heated building with a cup of hot cider or hot chocolate. Spend some time visiting with friends while you play an old-fashioned board game. Guests are welcome to bring food & other beverages while enjoying a night with family and friends. The old-fashioned sleighs hold up to 12 people. Reservations are required.
4. Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights
8425 Hwy 38, Caledonia, WI 53108
Cost: Regular sleigh ride tickets start at $13 per person; Santa sleigh ride tickets start at $23 per person; Children 2 and under and “lap riders” are FREE
Jellystone Park Camp-Resort in Caledonia offers sleigh rides so you can enjoy their Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights in open air. Santa’s Giant Sleigh seats 43 guests in tiered and comfortable seating (select a “premium” seat for a more spectacular experience). On Sundays, you can ride with the man in red himself during a Santa Sleigh Ride! This ticket includes a regular size hot chocolate, apple cider, or black coffee for each guest, plus an opportunity to take your own photo with Santa! Rides leave promptly at their scheduled departure times, so plan to arrive 30-40 minutes in advance to park and prepare for your ride. Fridays and Saturdays are the busiest days, and booking at least 7 days in advance is recommended.
5. Kettle Moraine Carriages
N612 Forest View Rd., Kewaskum, WI 53040
Cost: $100 per ride (up to 8 people)
Hear the bells jingle and see the scenic fields and forest on the Schulz’s 65-acre farm come to life during this one-hour ride. Horse-drawn sleighs hold up to 8 people and operate 7 days a week by appointment only. Dress warmly and bring along your own blankets, as well as snacks or drinks of your liking. There’s a warming house for rent by the hour, or you can order a bonfire for an addtional fee. The sleighs require 2-4 inches of snow; a wagon or carriage is used in the absence of snow.
6. Hoof Beats Express
W359N9054 Brown Street, Oconomowoc, WI 53066
Cost: $40 Adults, $15 Ages 5-11, Children 4 and under are FREE
Enjoy a 40-minute ride on this 116-acre farm (snow permitting). There are three sleighs to choose from: an antique Minnesota country sleigh, a large bobsled, and a very special antique Canadian cutter built for two ($45 per rider). Our The largest sleigh carries 12 passengers with a minimum booking of 6 riders. Check out the small carriage collection in the warmed barn before or after your ride.
7. Door County Dog Sled Rides
NOTE: Due to COVID-19, all sled dog appearances have been cancelled for 2021.
Keep an eye on doorcountysleddogs.com for upcoming events, meet and greets, and dog sled rides around Milwaukee.
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