Photo By:  Chris Kayser

Amazing Snow Sculptures at Winterfest in Lake Geneva WI

Winterfest in Lake Geneva is always a huge draw for kids of all ages.  It never ceases to amaze those just how detailed sculptors can be with blocks of snow!

Photo By:  Chris Kayser
Photo By: Chris Kayser

This year, Winterfest has been extended giving you more time to stay and play while enjoying the frozen works of art!  Winterfest 2014 is Wednesday, January 29 – February 8th!  And actually the fun starts even before that!  Starting on Monday of Winterfest week, huge blocks of snow are formed at Grand Geneva and hauled over to the park area around the Riviera.  Sculptors will be arriving in town, scoping out their assigned block and putting the last finishing touches on their plan.  Then sun-up on Wednesday the 29th out come the chisels, saws, scoops, and tools of all sorts as the sculpting begins.

Photo by Chris Kayser
Photo by Chris Kayser

This isn’t just any snow sculpting competition, it’s the US National Championship Snow Sculpting Competition!  We’re lucky to have such an incredible event right here in Southeastern Wisconsin.  Sculpting will continue through Saturday morning at 11:00 a.m.  Then it’s shovels down and time for the judging to begin.  While you’re in town watching the sculpting, you can warm up just across the street with a hot meal from Popeyes or Scuttlebutt’s restaurants.  If you’re looking for a great glass of wine and some tapas, Barrique Wine Bar is right next door to Scuttlebutt’s and offers great flavors!

Beyond the incredible snow sculptures, Lake Geneva offers a whole host of fun things to do!  There’s always great shopping in downtown Lake Geneva from clothing to home decor, gift and boutique eats!  You’ll find something for everyone!  This year, as part of Winterfest in Lake Geneva, you’ll also find Laser Tag, Beach Party, S’ mores, Bonfire, and Human Dog Sled Races.  We promise, there won’t be a single “I’m bored” coming from any of your kids on this vacation!

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Photo by: Chris Kayser

Special things to note if you are visiting Lake Geneva, WI for Winterfest this year: 

Free Shuttle Runs from the Home Depot parking lot on Saturday & Sunday February 1 & 2nd.  Shuttle picks up every 20 minutes, save yourself time & the hassle of trying to park downtown.  If you are looking to make a long weekend, or an entire vacation, Keefe Resort Rentals has vacation homes available for rent during that week.  Contact a vacation rental specialist to find the perfect spot for your family to stay while you’re visiting.

Here’s the detailed schedule of Lake Geneva Winterfest 2014:

Wednesday – Friday, January 19-31 – Teams at work sculpting

Saturday, February 1

10AM – 4PM Riviera Marketplace, Gold sponsor information booths. Children’s entertainment, food and fun. Carriage and helicopter rides.

11AM Sculpting ends

11AM – 2PM “Peoples Choice Award” voting (ballots are distributed on site). Vote for your favorite work of art.

3PM U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition Awards Presentation, public invited, Riviera Ballroom

Sunday, February 2

ALL DAY Viewing of finished sculptures

10AM – 3PM Riviera Marketplace, Gold sponsor information booths. Children’s entertainment, food and fun. Carriage and helicopter rides.

Monday, February 3

4PM – 8PM Laser Tag ($5 donation), Geneva Lakes Family YMCA, 203 Wells St., Lake Geneva

Tuesday, February 4

4PM – 8PM Fire ring on the beach, fire trucks music, s’mores and hot chocolate (nominal fee) Riviera Beach

Wednesday, February 5

4PM – 8PM Family Magic Show/Soup Tasting (Bring a canned good or $2 donation), Horticultural Hall, 330 Broad St., Lake Geneva

Thursday, February 6

6PM – 9PM BINGO ($1 per card), The Cove of Lake Geneva, 111 Center St., Lake Geneva

Friday, February 7

7PM – 10PM Human Dog Sleds (preliminaries), Riviera Beach. Teams of six compete ($35 team fee), register online at

Saturday, February 8

12PM – 3PM Human Dog Sleds (competition), Riviera Beach

Teams of 6 – 4 “pullers”, 1 “rider”, 1”musher” -Bracket style competition starts Friday night @ 7pm – Final round Saturday @ 12pm. $35 entry fee with cash prizes! All proceeds benefit Lakeland Animal Shelter.

To find your perfect vacation rental for Winterfest in Lake Geneva, visit or call our team at (262) 248-1735.  We’re here to help you find a great vacation home to rent in a prime location for all the fun activities that will be happening in the coming weeks!

Credits:  Photography by Chris Kayser, Keefe Real Estate.  You can see more of Chris’ photography on her Facebook Page: Lake Geneva, A Day in the Life of

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Photo by Chris Kayser