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Madison Winter Festival 2021

Lots of snow and winter fun by Lake Mendota

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Last updated: by Olga Valchyshen
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The capital city of Wisconsin, Madison, receives plenty of snow during the cold season, which makes it a perfect spot to celebrate all things winter! Madison Winter Festival is held every February featuring an array of fun outdoor activities. Most sports competitions and activities are held in 227-ac (92-ha) Elver Park.

The main highlight of the annual winter celebration is snow and ice sculptures. Visitors can also see snow and ice carving demonstrations before the festival starts. Meet professional snow and ice artists who create frozen masterpieces, realistic or abstract, out of ice and snow blocks, bringing them to life.

On Saturday and Sunday afternoon, festival-goers can enjoy live music in a heated tent, which is set up next to the Elver Park’s ice rink.

Competitions during the festival include cross-country skiing and a snowshoe race. There is also a winter bike ride, sledding, and skijoring available. Ice skating and hockey are some of the most popular activities, taking place at the Elver Park ice rink.

One of the festival's favorite events is the Candlelight Ski & Snowshoe Tour, where you can enjoy a ride in Elver Park, lit by candlelight, and then enjoy s'mores and warm beverages by the bonfire.

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