Wisconsin Dells has long had a reputation as one of the best vacation destinations in the US, and that’s especially true at Christmas time! Winter recreation is right at your fingertips—snowmobiling, skiing at the aptly named Christmas Mountain, and snowshoeing are popular pastimes this time of year and within easy reach. When you’re not braving the cold for thrilling adventures, you can relax at one of our many indoor water parks, and pretend it’s summer for an afternoon. Between all our amazing eateries, culture, and family-friendly things to do, Wisconsin Dells is the ideal destination for your Christmas getaway. To help with your planning, we’ve made a list of the best Christmas activities and events in Wisconsin Dells!

Best Christmas Activities and Events in Wisconsin Dells

This is a terrific family-friendly event and one that can be enjoyed no matter when you’re taking your holiday vacation as there are several dates throughout the month of December. Half a mile of the famed Mount Olympus’s outdoor theme park turns into a dazzling Christmas wonderland, filled with vibrant holiday lights. It’s the perfect opportunity to get a family Christmas photo, and there are also holiday treats for sale such as hot cocoa and other seasonal delights. Create lasting memories as you stroll beneath me cozy glow of the Christmas lights, feeling the festive energy of the upcoming holiday. Nights of Lights begins the day following Thanksgiving and runs until the first week of January annually!

Classic Winter Recreation at Your Fingertips

Whether you’re an avid skier or a first-time snowshoer, there’s some type of winter recreation for you to enjoy in Wisconsin Dells on your Christmas vacation. You can go skiing or snowboarding for the day at the nearby Christmas mountain village ski resort. They also offer snow tubing, which is a great activity that doesn’t require a lot of previous experience. You can go on a snowmobile tour with a local company or rent one of their own and traverse well-maintained trails. Our three nearby state parks, rocky Arbor State Park, which is right in town, and then Devils Lake State Park and mirror lake State Park all offer terrific winter terrain well suited to snowshoeing. When you spend your Christmas vacation in Wisconsin Dells, a winter wonderland is truly at your fingertips!

Pretend It’s Summer Again at a Wisconsin Dells Indoor Water Park

On the other side of the coin, one of the best things about winter in Wisconsin Dells is that many of our water parks have an indoor space, allowing you to pack your swimsuit when temperatures are below freezing outside! It’s a popular family-friendly activity, or with friends—several waterparks have adult-only areas where you can order drinks from the bar. You can easily buy a day pass for indoor waterparks at places like the Kalahari Resort or the Great Wolf Lodge or opt for a park-like Mt Olympus, which also offers an indoor theme park during the winter season. It’s a unique opportunity to embark on a Christmas vacation that has all the classic winter pastimes, but where you can get a taste of the tropics for a fun-filled afternoon.

Take in the Sights Along the River Walk and Marvel at the Tree of Light

Another great Christmas photo opportunity, the Tree of Lights is a resident maple tree that towers over 50 feet tall along the River Walk downtown. During the holiday season, this tree is strung with hundreds of twinkling holiday lights, creating a colorful sight to behold. This activity is great to squeeze in after dinner downtown. Dine at restaurants such as the River Walk Pub and Riverfront Terrace, and you’ll be within easy walking distance of this magnificent display of holiday lights. Nearby downtown, you can find a wide selection of additional restaurants featuring every cuisine from sushi to tacos! When you feel like indoor activities, there are also additional entertainment downtown—arcade bars, an escape room, axe throwing, Ripley’s Believe it or Not, a movie theater, and more!

Spend Your Christmas in Your Home-Away-From-Home in Wisconsin Dells

If visiting Wisconsin Dells for Christmas, you’re likely debating where to stay. Sometimes it can be difficult to choose between a vacation home or a resort—luckily at Spring Brook Vacation Home Resort, you won’t have to! Our unique resort is made up entirely of vacation homes in a neighborhood-like setting with all the amenities you would expect from a private vacation rental. We also offer condos for those taking trips with smaller groups.

Our resort offers a massive indoor clubhouse complex, with an indoor swimming pool, fitness center, recreation room, and more. On our property, you’ll also find snowmobiling trails and snowshoeing opportunities. When you feel like grabbing a bite, the Spring Brook Sports Grill is only a short walk away. To learn more about booking your Christmas vacation rental in Wisconsin Dells give us a call to learn more about Spring Brook today!