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  • Winter Games

    Lake Okoboji, IA

    This resort area in northwest Iowa will offer human sled races, flag football on ice, indoor golf, snowball drop, stein-holding, horse-drawn carriage rides, a Freeze Yer Fanny Bike Ride, keg toss and fireworks.


  • Winterfest

    Grand Haven, MI

    In this Lake Michigan town, there's a human sled race, cardboard sled race, luau and snow-angel contest.


  • Winter Carnival

    St. Paul, MN

    This outdoor festival around Rice Park downtown features ice carving, parades, scavenger hunts, pop-up outdoor concerts, ice-fishing and softball and puzzle tournaments.

    The King Boreas Grande Day Parade is at 2 p.m. Jan. 29. Kids and Family Day is Feb. 5, with the Vulcan Victory Torchlight Parade at 5:30 p.m., followed by fireworks.


  • Groundhog Days

    Woodstock, IL

    The 1993 movie "Groundhog Day'' was filmed in this town an hour northwest of Chicago, and it celebrates with trivia, a bags tourney, bingo and walking tours of movie sites, including the 1889 Opera House, where actor Bill Murray jumped from the belfry. At 7 a.m. Wednesday, Woodstock Willie will look for his shadow.


  • Schnee Days

    Elkhart Lake, WI

    The Snow Days festival in this town in east-central Wisconsin includes the SchneeLauf Run/Walk and such activities as a hunt for colored ice cubes, dog sledding and a chili cook-off.


  • Candlelight ski/snowshoe/hike

    Around the region,

    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.


  • Lake Superior Ice Festival

    Superior, WI

    On Barker's Island, there's a snow slide, ice carving, disc golf, ice racing, kids' activities and fireworks on Saturday.


  • Heikki Lunta Winter Festival

    Negaunee, MI

    This town just west of Marquette pays tribute to the Finnish snow god with a rail jam, snowshoe lantern tours, sliding, luging, a fat-tire race and fireworks.


  • Fire & Ice Winter Social

    Stillwater, MN

    In this St. Croix river town, there will be hot-air balloons, an ice-cream social, ice sculptures, music, bags and pond-hockey tournaments and a beer tent.