There's nothing better than skiing (or snowshoeing or hiking) through a twinkling forest or across a luminary-lined lake. There's usually a bonfire and hot chocolate to enjoy afterward.
In this far-north town, there will be smoosh races, frozen turkey bowling, a toilet-seat toss, boot hockey and fireworks. On Saturday, there's the annual Freeze Yer Gizzard Blizzard Run.
Watch oval, snocross and vintage snowmobiles race in this northeast Wisconsin town, which attracts 40,000 spectators to the "Indianapolis 500 of snowmobile racing.''
The fest in this Milwaukee suburb includes Friday-night fireworks, ice sculpting, Ojibwe snow-snake games, ice bocce, a penguin-egg hunt and tobogganing on the lighted run in Lowell Park.
Watch top skiers from North America and Europe compete at Silver Mine Hill, above the Chippewa River on the southwest edge of town.
The festival in this Brainerd Lakes town on the Paul Bunyan State Trail features snow sculpting, ice golf, an ice-fishing contest, penguin plunge, kids' games and Saturday fireworks.
Frozen Lake Harriet hosts two dozen artist-designed ice houses and lots of fun art antics for kids and adults alike. Check for scheduled events and ice conditions.
This town along the Wisconsin River, next to a hydroelectric plant, offers guided bus tours, live birds of prey programs and kids' activities in addition to eagle viewing at overlooks staffed by volunteers.
There will be live-eagle presentations, Native American activities, seminars and viewing on the river in Keokuk on Saturday, and on Sunday activities will be in Montrose.
The National Mississippi River Museum hosts this indoor-outdoor festival, which includes ice-harvest and ice-rescue demonstrations, snow sculpting, a live-raptor program and youth ice fishing.
No license is needed for fishing in Wisconsin or on its side of the Mississippi River and lakes Superior and Michigan.
Take a kid younger than 16 spear- or ice-fishing this holiday weekend, and you can fish for free.