4 Ways to Take a Sleigh Ride in Southeastern Wisconsin (2023)

It’s lovely weather for a sleigh ride in southeastern Wisconsin!

Take a magical sleigh or sled ride in the great outdoors, just a short drive from Milwaukee.

Here are some local options:

1. Apple Holler

5006 S. Sylvania Ave., Sturtevant, WI 53177
(262) 884-7100 (call for reservations)
Cost: $130 for up to four people; $30 for each additional person (plus tax)

Apple Holler horse drawn sleigh ride in snow

The old-fashioned private sleigh rides at Apple Holler take you and your family on a private tour of 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. Roden Barnyard Adventures

5545 County Road Y, West Bend, WI 53095
(262) 689-7521
Cost: Adults $49; Children 3-13 $29

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 ride.)

Before your ride and after, sit at the campfire and tell stories – or warm up inside the heated building with a cup of hot apple cider or hot chocolate. Spend some time visiting with friends while you play an old-fashioned board game.

Guests are welcome to bring food and other beverages while enjoying a night with family and friends. The old-fashioned sleighs hold up to 12 people. Reservations are required.

3. Wisconsin Christmas Carnival of Lights

Jellystone Park, 8425 Hwy 38, Caledonia, WI 53108
(262) 835-2565
Cost: Regular sleigh ride tickets start at $14 per person; Santa sleigh ride tickets start at $26 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 free sticker, 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.

4. Hoof Beats Express

W359N9054 Brown St., Oconomowoc, WI 53066
(262) 853-9801
Cost: Adults $40, Ages 5-11 $15, Children 4 and Under FREE

Hoof Beats Express horse-drawn carriage sleigh ride Oconomowoc Wisconsin

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).

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.


Kettle Moraine Carriages

N612 Forest View Rd., Kewaskum, WI 53040
(262) 626-4883
*** NOTE: Due to unforeseen health circumstances, Kettle Moraine Carriages is not booking any more carriage or sleigh ride appointments at this time. Please check back in the New Year. ***

*** Due to unforeseen health circumstances, Kettle Moraine Carriages is not booking any more carriage or sleigh ride appointments at this time. Please check back in the New Year. ***

Hear the bells jingle and see the scenic fields and forest on the Schulz’s 65-acre farm during this one-hour ride. Horse-drawn sleighs hold up to 6 people and operate 7 days a week by appointment only.

Dress warmly and bring along your own warm 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; wagon or carriage rides are given in the absence of snow.

Dan Patch Stables

*** Sleigh rides are not currently available for 2022. ***
7036 Grand Geneva Way, Lake Geneva, WI, United States, 53147
(262) 215-5303
Cost: $75 per sleigh load (up to 4 adults and 2 children)

*** Sleigh rides are not currently available for 2022. ***

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.)

Do you know of other locations offering sleigh rides? Email hello@mkewithkids.com

There’s more!

Experience Gift Ideas
Holiday Light Displays
Santa’s Mailboxes
Magical Holiday Experiences
Local Toy Stores
Where to Meet Santa

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