Who says there’s nothing going on this year? We found SIX winter & ice festivals for the whole family to enjoy.
1. BelAir Ice Bar
Embrace the cold and come “chill out” at a brand-new 20 ft. ice bar outside of BelAir Cantina in Market Square at The Corners of Brookfield. featuring photo opportunities and special offerings, open to the public 4 – 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 22.
Enjoy a specialty cocktail or beverage at the bar, and find a cozy spot with other heated, outdoor seating nooks near the bar and BelAir Cantina.
The ice bar will be located in Market Square in front of BelAir Cantina. Partner Art Below Zero will use 10,000 pounds of ice to construct the bar, as well as various ice sculpted photo frames, including those for couples, groups and even pets. Additionally, a 6 ft x 7 ft acrylic etched wall with colored LED lights will illuminate Market Square. The ice bar will also be adorned with a giant, custom carved ice bull, representing BelAir Cantina’s insignia.
The duration of the ice bar experience will be up to Mother Nature, but organizers expect it to last a few weeks. Dates and hours of operation will include varying afternoons and evenings, and all are listed on the Center’s website here. Additional information about these and other events can be found at www.thecornersofbrookfield.com.
2. Bayshore Winter Blooms (Free!)
Discover the sparkle of the season with BAYSHORE’s new Winter Blooms, kicking off Saturday, January 23rd from Noon – 2pm. It features a magical interactive floral ice sculpture garden display in The Yard at Bayshore. Enjoy live entertainment by Jake Williams who combines modern songs into hip, piano grooves perfect for music lovers of any type. The magnificent Winter Blooms are presented by Art Below Zero and will be active as long as weather permits.
3. Waukesha Janboree (Free!)
January 15 – 24, 2021
Get it? “January” and “Jamboree” are combined to create “Janboree”! This epic event opens with a special ceremony that includes a dance, live music, and fireworks outside on the Fox River. Activities throughout the weekend include ice sculpting demonstrations, a pancake breakfast, trolley rides, ice bocce ball, indoor ice skating at Eble Arena, ice fishing clinics, horse-drawn wagon rides, stargazing planetarium shows, nature activities, and more!
4. Winterfest 2021 Experiencing Outdoor Play (Free!)
Urban Ecology Center
February 6 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pmWebsite
Winterfest 2021 is a celebration of winter and outdoor play in our parks. Come on out and enjoy socially distancing activities from Sledding and Ice Sculpting Stations to Ice Skating and Snow Science Stations.
5. Winter Playdate at the Mequon Nature Preserve
Saturday, February 6, 2021 from 10am-12pm and 1pm-3pm
8200 W. County Line Rd., Mequon, WI 53097
Head to the Mequon Nature Preserve for, tractor rides, ice fishing, bonfires, snowman building, crafts, yard games, hot cocoa, and more! This year, the entire event is outdoors. You must purchase tickets ahead of time.
6. Lake Geneva Ice Castles
Opening January 22nd, the popular ice castles are coming back to Wisconsin! Ice Castles is an award-winning frozen attraction located in four cities across North America. The experience is built using hundreds of thousands of icicles hand-placed by professional ice artists. The castles include breathtaking LED-lit sculptures, frozen thrones, ice-carved tunnels, slides, fountains and more. You must buy tickets online.