It is time to embrace the changing weather and explore all that Madison has to offer in the winter time. Whether you're a snow enthusiast seeking adrenaline-pumping adventures or someone who prefers cozy indoor pursuits, we've curated a collection of ideas to make your winter in Madison enjoyable. From outdoor escapades in scenic parks to the warmth of cultural events and indoor gems, the charming city of Madison has something to offer for everyone during these frosty months ahead.
Ice Skating: Madison offers several outdoor ice skating rinks during the winter months. Elver Park and Tenney Park are known for their scenic skating areas. There are also rinks at The Edgewater Hotel and outside Buck and Honey’s in Monona.
Skiing and Snowboarding: If you enjoy winter sports, Cascade Mountain and Devil's Head Resort are popular destinations for skiing and snowboarding, both located within a reasonable drive from Madison.
Winter Hiking and Snowshoeing: Explore the beautiful winter landscapes by taking a hike or snowshoeing in one of the nearby parks, such as Devil's Lake State Park or Governor Nelson State Park.
Winter Festivals: The famous Winter Carnival hosted by the Wisconsin Union is February 7th- 10th this year with many beautiful snow and ice sculptures and fun activities for the whole family. There is also a winter music festival in Middleton that celebrates the shortest day of the year.
Cross-Country Skiing: Madison has several trails for cross-country skiing. Check out places like the University of Wisconsin Arboretum or the Elver Park for groomed trails.
Indoor Activities: Escape the cold by exploring indoor attractions like the Chazen Museum of Art, the Wisconsin Historical Museum, or the Madison Children's Museum. There are also events at the Alliant Energy Center year-round. A very popular one is the Beer and Cheese Fest in January!
Madison Winter Restaurant Week: If you enjoy dining out, Madison is hosting a Winter Restaurant Week January 21-26, 2024. It's a great opportunity to try out different restaurants with special menus and promotions.
Winter Farmers' Market: Visit the Dane County Farmers' Market, which moves indoors during the winter months. You will still find many of your favorite Dane County Farmers’ Market members, as well as a full array of fruits and vegetables, cheeses, hyper-local meats, honey, bakery items, and many specialty items. There is even a Holiday Market for all of your holiday cooking needs!
Badger Games: If you're a sports fan, consider catching a University of Wisconsin game. The very exciting Badger Hockey and Badger Basketball games run well into 2024.