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Brainerd Winter Events

Winter in Minnesota is welcomed more with every flake of snow and each inch of ice. Afterall, without an abundance of snow and ice we wouldn't be able to partake in the many winter activities we know and love. The Brainerd Lakes area hosts a number of Winter events each year to celebrate and highlight these winter activities:

2018-2019 Winter Events
Holiday Arts & Crafts Festival - November 10, 2018
Over 150 exhibitors, quality hand-crafted items! Free Admission, refreshments available. Sponsored by ISD #181 Community Education.
Sertoma Winter Wonderland - November 22-December 31, 2018
Breathtaking lights, reflecting off of the sparkling white snow and strung into captivating displays will delight visitors as they drive through the Sertoma Winter Wonderland. This spectacular holiday tradition includes a driving tour of 75 colorfully animated lit displays. These are sure to add a sparkle of excitement to the eyes of families throughout the Lakes Area as they awe over the intricate presentation of lights. Funds raised from this event go back to local non-profits and clubs. Over the past 11 years we have donated over $200,000 back into the community.
Nisswa City of Lights - November 23, 2018
Welcome the holiday season with holiday carolers and an explosion of color and lights. Horse drawn hay wagon rides, storytelling, bonfire & hot food are all part of Downtown Nisswa's Annual holiday lighting event. Free admission.
Leech Lake Festival of Lights - November 24, 2018
Celebrate the beginning of the Holiday season at the Annual Festival of Lights in Walker, MN. It is your chance to do some Holiday shopping at the fun retail shops in Walker. A festival of Lights Parade begins at 5:00 pm. Partake in the Festival of Lights Reindeer Ramble.
World Famous Fish House Parade - November 23, 2018
Expect the un-ordinary as ice fish houses decorated in wacky and outrageous manners are paraded through downtown Aitkin. Enjoy live music, food, craft sales, a visit from Mr. & Mrs. Claus and more!
Rock n Roll Xmas Spectacular - December 19, 2018
Join us for this rockin' Christmas performance where you'll hear your favorite Christmas songs as you've never heard them before.
Breezy Point Ice Fest - January 5, 2019
Annual Ice Fest Celebration at Breezy Point Resort. Fun for the whole family includes Radar Runs, Horse Drawn Sleigh Rides, Ice Auger Contest, Ice Slides, Pond Hockey, Snow Golf, Fireworks over the ice and more! Minnesota celebrates Winter!
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Antique Snowmobile Rendezvous - January, 2019
Snowmobiles built in 1966 and before "race" at speeds up to 18 mph. Competitions include drag, oval, reverse oval and obstacle rallies.
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$150,000 Ice Fishing Extravaganza - January 26, 2019
Ice fishing's largest prize package will be up for grabs as thousands of anglers take to the ice for a day of fun with family and friends. With over $150,000 in cash and prizes, this 25th Annual event, hosted by the Brainerd Jaycee's is a can't miss affair!
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Back to Hack Snowmobile Days - January 18-19, 2019
Hackensack's annual activity-filled weekend full of fun and winter entertainment.
Crosslake Winterfest - February, 2019
Enjoy Winter fun for the whole family! Various winter activities will take place throughout the weekend.
18th Annual One Lunger-100 - February, 2019
Join us at Cragun's Resort for "The Original" One Lunger-100! 100 miles of Vintage Snowmobile Racing at its finest!
Cuyuna Lakes Whiteout Mountain Biking Event - February, 2019
A winter cycling event to raise funds for the Cuyuna Lakes Mountain Bike Trails. The Whiteout consits of a fat tire bike race, an ice bike race, a night time fat bike group ride, and tons of winter biking schennanigins.
Vikings Winterfest (Formerly Arctic Blast) - February, 2019
The Minnesota Vikings and Polaris are once again teaming up for the Polaris Vikings Winterfest, set to take place in Prior Lake, MN. Benefiting local 501(c)(3) organizations throughout Prior Lake, the three-day, family-friendly event will include appearances by current and former Vikings players, as well as Vikings cheerleaders and Viktor.
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Eelpout Festival - February 21-24, 2019
The International Eelpout Festival is an angling contest to experience! Held annually on Leech Lake (Walker, MN), this festival includes additional winter events such as Best Eelpout Encampment Judging, Polar Plunge, AquaVu Eelpout 500, Eelpout Bowl Rugby Tournament, Ice Fishing Olympics and International Ice Drilling Championships!
Gull Lake Frozen Fore - February, 2019
One of the most exciting winter events in the Lakes Area. Snowmobile or shuttle between 10 different resorts and restaurants on Gull Lake as you participate in winter activities and challenges.
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"Fishing for Ducks" Ice Fishing Contest - February 16, 2019
The annual Fishing For Ducks State ice fishing tournament is hosted by the Garrison Wildlife Chapter of Ducks Unlimited on Lake Mille Lacs. The contest is held in Garrison Bay and is open to Ducks Unlimited members and non-members.
Polar Bear Plunge - March 2, 2019
Take the plunge into Pelican Lake to support Special Olympics. A costume contest is part of this event, which is organized by Minnesota Law Enforcement.


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