Northwoods Holiday Season

The weather turns cold and the snow starts flying around our neck of the woods every holiday season. Many folks embrace the winter season for the snow and ice that allow them to participate in their favorite activities, like snowmobiling, snowshoeing, cross country skiing, and ice fishing. Others appreciate it for the cheerful spirit the holidays bring.

In Eagle River, we like celebrate this time of year with fun group activities and ways to support one another through giving opportunities. Let’s look at some of our favorites in November and December.

Holiday Events

Shopping for the perfect gift this holiday season starts with the Wi-Does Wine Walk on Saturday, November 18. Sample some wine in the Eagle River downtown while the hunters enjoy opening day of the gun hunt season. It’s a great way to find a gift while your spouse is away!

Then a few weeks later Eagle River Chamber is hosting its annual Christmas Kick-off Party in Riverview Park on Saturday, December 2. Children will have the opportunity to ask Santa Claus for a wish. The tree lighting ceremony will be held after dusk. Hot chocolate, food, and a festive atmosphere will make even the grinchiest of grinches feel warm and fuzzy inside.

Mistletoe Magic is a raffle-based event with more than a dozen downtown Eagle River participating businesses on December 9. While out shopping, enter a raffle at the business for a chance to win a prize.

Get (and Make) One-of-a-Kind Gifts

It wouldn’t be the holiday season without giving—either a present or a warm embrace. We can’t promise any hugs, but the Eagle River area is a great place to find a keepsake or unique craft for a loved one.

Trees for Tomorrow is hosting a Wreath Making event on Saturday, November 11. One week later, there will be a Holiday Bazaar and Bake Sale at Kalmar Community Center. On Saturday, December 2, the Land O’ Lakes Art Center is holding a Holiday Open House and Art Bazaar. You are sure to find amusement and a nice gift at these holiday-centric events.

And for the people who like doing all their holiday shopping after Thanksgiving, consider supporting Eagle River shops during Small Business Saturday and score some deals.

Fun Winter Activities

Dashing through the snow in a one-horse open sleigh makes for a fun holiday song. It also make for a fun time in real life. Rocking W Stable offers sleigh rides from December 10 through January 1, 2024. It includes an authentic experience as rides go through portions of the woods and includes a bonfire stop along the way.

They might not exactly be holiday themed, but the right attitude can make outdoor activities feel like a holiday. Snowmobile trails typically open during the holiday season (December) and stay open as long as conditions allow. Cross country skiing and snowshoeing are two other winter favorites for people looking to explore trails at a slower pace. And if you’re looking for a way to enjoy one of these outdoor activities with a holiday theme, join Trees for Tomorrow to take part in a Candlelight Snowshoe on Saturday, December 30.

‘Tis the Season to Be Merry

The Eagle River area is bursting with holiday spirit this time of year. From outdoor activities in the snow to finding the perfect gift for a loved one, we’ve got just the right traditions for the whole family to rejoice. Plan your trip to see and truly feel what we mean. Yule be happy you did!