Ice Skating in the Lake Geneva Area…

Downtown Lake Geneva will be offering free skating in Flat Iron Park this winter. The rink has been installed and the plan weather permitting is to fill it on December 18th or 19th. Once filled, it will need 4-5 days to freeze and will then be open to the public. A limited number of skate rentals will be available through Clear Water Outdoor in downtown Lake Geneva. Flat Iron Park is located across the street from The Cove.

The Grand Geneva Resort offers ice skating under the outdoor pavilion near the golf shop 7 days a week. The rink is only available to Non-Resort guests Monday-Thursday. The fee for non-guests to skate is $5.00 if you have your own skates, or you can rent skates in the golf shop. The rink is available to resort guests for free if you have your own skates. Skate rental fees are $8.00 for the first hour and $3.00 for each additional hour.

The Geneva Ridge Resort has constructed their Outdoor Skating Rink again this year which will be beautifully lit and fully operational in January 2019. Everyone is invited to come out and enjoy it! Skating is free to the public and the rink is open 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. for your skating enjoyment. The resort has positioned outdoor fire pits around the rink to help keep you warm. If you don’t have skates, no worries, you can rent them inside the resort for just $5.00. All skaters are asked to sign a waiver, so even if you aren’t renting skates, please stop in the lobby before using the rink. Coffee, hot chocolate and seasonal concessions are also available inside the hotel at bean + vine coffee and wine bar. The Geneva Ridge Resort is located at W4240 State Hwy. 50 just 3 miles west of Lake Geneva. For additional information and updates on rink conditions, please contact the Resort at 1-262-249-3800.

The Abbey Resort in Fontana offers public skating on their rink near the Harbor Patio. Skate rentals are complimentary for resort guests and $2.00 for non-resort guests. The rink is open when weather permits. We suggest you call ahead.

Rotary Park in Walworth is another option, with lighted 2 rinks, a warming hut and indoor bathrooms. Big Foot Rec Dept. offers ice skating lessons and youth hockey at the rink and Wednesday night offers Adult pick-up hockey games from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Skating is open to the public and is free. The rink is located at 611 Casey Lane in Walworth.

Lots of options out there, so if you are a skating enthusiast, head out and enjoy all the opportunities that await you.

Sleigh Rides at Dan Patch Stables…

Do you love the Hallmark movies, where someone is always enjoying a sleigh ride? Well, here’s your chance to experience a horse-drawn sleigh ride in your own community. The Dan Patch Stables are offering sleigh rides through the beautiful grounds of the Grand Geneva Resort 7 days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Sleigh Rides are snow condition and weather permitting (they prefer that there be 6-8 inches of snow on the ground), so we suggest you call ahead. Reservations are required, and the stables suggest you book ahead, as their schedule fills quickly particularly on the weekends. The sleigh will comfortably hold 4 adults or a family. Cost is $60.

The Dan Patch Stables are located at 7020 Grand Geneva Way on the grounds of the Grand Geneva Resort.

Gooseberries Annual Holiday Show…

Gooseberries Fresh Food Market in Burlington will be hosting their Annual Holiday Show from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. tomorrow, Saturday December 15th. The store says it is their “most fun event” of the year, so you can be sure there will be lots of food items and free samples

This year’s sample offerings will include Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Salmon, Pear, Bacon & Brussel Sprouts Salad, Honey & Goat Cheese stuffed Sweet Potatoes, Christmas Guacamole, Cranberry White Chocolate Bread, Ham and Pickle Dip and Glazed Pecans, just to name a few.

Gather family, friends or co-workers for this Family Friendly event and go check it out! Tons of samples and lots of fun, plus the ideas for food prep going into the holidays will be invaluable.

Gooseberries is located at 690 W. State Street (Hwy 36) in Burlington.

Santa, Elves and Reindeer…

Don’t miss an opportunity to take the kids to see Santa in downtown Lake Geneva, complete with elves and live reindeer. Santa and his helpers (both 2 legged and 4) will be at 252 Center Street this Saturday, December 15th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

It’s a great photo op for the Holidays, possibly even Christmas card worthy!

Ugly Christmas Sweaters…

Put on that ugly Christmas sweater that you only get to wear a few times each Holiday Season and head to the Sprecher Pub in Lake Geneva either this Saturday, December 15th or next Saturday, December 22nd. Wear an ugly Christmas sweater, dine between 11:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. and receive a $5.00 gift certificate.

Sprecher is located at 111 Center Street, in The Cove of Lake Geneva.

Christmas in the Country…

“Christmas in the Country” brings over two million lights to life on the 1,300 acres of grounds that make up the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa.

The Grand Geneva Resort and Spa grounds will be lit for your viewing pleasure through December 31st, so you have plenty of time during the holidays to drive through the resort with your family. You can see the 12 days of Christmas, Santa on the putting green and much more. This is a wonderful, family friendly way to start off the holidays. Plan to make it a family tradition.

The indoor displays are all new again this year, so leave enough time to park and go inside for a leisurely stroll through the resort and a cup of hot chocolate near the fireplace. Don’t miss your opportunity to view all the Gingerbread Houses created by area residents, amateur and professional, young and old. They are located just down the hall from the Evergreen ballroom on the second floor.

Kids, enjoy breakfast with Santa every Saturday and Sunday until December 23rd from 8:00 a.m. to Noon. Tickets are $35 for adults, $20 for children ages 6 to 12 and $12 for children ages 2 to 5. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (262) 249-4788. Dress up for the event, or show up in your pajamas, it’s up to you.

A trip to the Grand Geneva & Spa to enjoy Christmas in the Country may be exactly what you need to help put you in a holiday frame of mind.

Christmas at the Farm…

Looking for that unique gift for that special someone on your list? Northwind Perennial Farm is well known for their breathtaking beauty from Spring to Fall, but how many of you have taken some time to walk through “The Christmas Shop” during the Holiday season?

They are open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. every Friday – Monday until December 16th. Shop for special Christmas ornaments and holiday decorations, along with garland, branches, greens, wreaths, and berries. They offer a beautiful selection of artwork and unique one-of-a-kind gift items from some of our local artists. Please note that the Christmas Shop is located in the barn, so dress for the weather.

Northwind Perennial Farm is located at 7047 Hospital Road. Just east of the intersection of Hwy 120 and Hospital Road.

Breakfast and Brunch with Santa Opportunities…

If you are looking to take the kids to dine with Santa this Holiday Season, the Lake Geneva area has several options for your dining pleasure…

Lakeland School in Elkhorn will be hosting breakfast with Santa this Saturday, December 8th from 7:15 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. Enjoy a Belgian waffle and sausage breakfast, visit with Santa and listen to the Lakeland School Choir perform at 9:15 a.m. and again at 10:00 a.m. Tickets are $7.00 and children under 4 are free. Lakeland School is located at W3905 County Rd. NN in Elkhorn.

Enjoy breakfast with Santa every Saturday and Sunday until December 23rd from 8:00 a.m. to Noon at the Grand Geneva. Tickets are $35 for adults, $20 for children ages 6 to 12 and $12 for children ages 2 to 5. Reservations are recommended and can be made by calling (262) 249-4788. Dress up for the event, or show up in your pajamas, it’s up to you.

Lake Lawn Resort in Delavan will be hosting breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 22nd. The kids will be able to choose their own breakfast items from a children’s height buffet full of all their favorites. Enjoy juices, fruit, mini pancakes, French toast, donut holes, eggs, bacon, sausage and more. The kids will have the opportunity to participate in holiday themed crafts, sit on Santa’s lap and have their picture taken at the life-size gingerbread house in the courtyard. Tickets are $17.95 for adults and $9.95 for children ages 4-12. Children 3 and under are free. There are several seatings that morning and reservations are required.

Lunch with Santa…

The Williams Bay Fire Department is hosting Lunch with Santa this Saturday, December 8th from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Enjoy a visit and photo op with Santa, plus a free hot dog lunch that includes hot dogs, chips, cookies and hot chocolate.

Santa arrives by firetruck around 11:30 a.m., so gather the kids, grandkids, nieces and nephews along with their wish lists and head to Williams Bay on Saturday for a fun filled, family friendly event courtesy of the Williams Bay Fire Department.

The Williams Bay Fire Department is located at 5 E. Geneva Street in Williams Bay.

The Christmas Barn…

With just over 20 days left until Christmas, the Christmas Barn in Elkhorn is a great place to shop, shop, shop for everything “holidays”. This festively decorated location is the perfect place to put you in the right frame of mind to start thinking about the holidays.

Enjoy browsing for crafts, jewelry, pottery, artwork, candles, greeting cards, chocolates and more. The barn features the works of a large variety of artisans, each offering something a little different and many offering items exclusively made for The Christmas Barn.

The Christmas Barn is open weekends through December 23rd. Hours are Friday and Saturdays 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sundays 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Parking is plentiful and free and the facility is wheel chair accessible.

Whether you are looking for a unique gift for that hard to buy for person on your list, ornaments for the kids or a special treat for yourself, The Christmas Barn has it all. So, get out there and get shopping, rumor has it that Santa can use all the help he can get!

The Christmas Barn is located at N4403 County Hwy H in Elkhorn.