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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:

2017-2018 Winter Events
Holiday Arts & Crafts Festival - November 11, 2017
Over 150 exhibitors, quality hand-crafted items! Free Admission, refreshments available. Sponsored by ISD #181 Community Education.
Sertoma Winter Wonderland - November 23-December 31, 2017
This spectacular holiday tradition includes a driving tour of more than 60 colorfully lit displays that are sure to add a sparkle of excitement to the eyes of families throughout the Lakes Area. Winter Wonderland will be open Thursday through Saturday from 5:30 - 8:30 pm., with special events held some Sundays. Check the Winter Wonderland calendar for Special Events including: Holiday Village hours, Family Fun Nights, walking tour nights, horse and wagon nights and Evenings of Enchantment.
Nisswa City of Lights - November 24, 2017
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.
Festival of Lights - November 18, 2017
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. Santa and Mrs. Claus make a visit to Village Square to hear children's holiday wishes and pose for photos. A festival of Lights Parade begins at 6:00 pm. Partake in the Festival of Lights Run on Saturday and enjoy the Holiday in Song on Sunday.
World Famous Fish House Parade - November 24, 2017
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 15, 2017
Join us for this rockin' Christmas performance where you'll hear your favorite Christmas songs as you've never heard them before.
Enchanted Pioneer Village
Take a stroll or ride the wagon through the Pioneer Village with more than 40 holiday and winter scenes.
Breezy Point Ice Fest - January 6, 2018
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 19-20, 2018
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 27, 2018
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 12-14, 2018
Hackensack's annual activity-filled weekend full of fun and winter entertainment.
Crosslake Winterfest - February 1-3, 2018
Enjoy Winter fun for the whole family! Various winter activities will take place throughout the weekend.
18th Annual One Lunger-100 - February 3, 2018
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 3, 2018
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) - TBA
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 22-25, 2018
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 23-25, 2018
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 17, 2018
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 3, 2018
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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