Embrace the Season: Six Ways to Winter in the Fox Cities

Winter is on its way. Embrace winter this year with these six ideas for exploring, experiencing, and expanding your horizons in the Fox Cities this season.

Platform Tennis at Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel

1. Get in the swing of things.
Stay active and in the swing of things with these sport options: platform tennis and indoor golf.

Platform tennis is played on a raised court with heaters underneath, allowing the sport to be played even amidst snow. The Best Western Premier Bridgewood Resort Hotel has two courts, which can be reserved through the Bridgewood Platform Tennis Club.

Indoor golf has also made its way to the Fox Cities at Missing Links Indoor Golf and Appleton Indoor Golf. These indoor venues allow you to practice your game on simulators with beer, food, and good memories in hand.

You can also stay active and have fun at area trampoline parks, laser tag, arcades, bowling lanes, and other indoor amusement centers.

Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade

2. Be charmed by one-of-a-kind events.
The Christmas and holiday season bring a special type of beauty to the Fox Cities spaces and places. Head downtown Appleton for Light Up Appleton on Nov. 23, when Houdini Plaza will be lit up for the season, food and drink will be available, and family fun will be plentiful.

Bundle up for the largest nighttime Christmas parade in the Midwest, the Downtown Appleton Christmas Parade, on Nov. 26. Stay in the Christmas parade spirit and enjoy the Electric City Christmas Parade on Dec. 3.

Downtown Neenah hosts its annual A Very Neenah Christmas event on Dec. 6, which brings you to the picturesque downtown and features living mannequins, carriage rides, food, and fun for the whole family, or head to downtown Menasha on Dec. 6 for the annual Menasha Holiday Hayride.

More events, such as Eagle Days, sturgeon spearing, and New Year's parties will happen later into winter. For a full listing, visit foxcities.org/events.

N.E.W. Voices in concert at Lawrence Memorial Chapel

3. Let the music move you.
Outdoor amphitheaters and street dances get a break during the cold winter months, but the shows still go on. Head over to Stone Arch at Riverview Gardens every Wednesday for Mile of Music Presents Rhythm and Brews. Acts from August's Mile of Music, as well as up and comers, are featured alongside local brews from Stone Arch Brewpub.

For some classic Christmas and holiday music, the season brings a plethora of options at the Fox Cities' gorgeous venues, including an Christmas at the Chapel and A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols at the Lawrence Memorial Chapel.

Seth's Coffee

4. Warm up with a hearty meal or good drink.
From a classic supper club meal to a modern small plate delicacy to warm drink, restaurants and coffeehouses in the Fox Cities can fit your taste. Whether its a delectable fare with riverfront views at Fratello's, a fish fry at Mark's East Side, a sip of coffee at a quaint downtown place in Seth's Coffee, or a taste of one of the area's newest restaurants, Field & Fire, winter is a great time to warm up and try a new dish or restaurant. For a place that celebrates Christmas every day thanks to year-round Christmas decoration, visit Cleo's on College Avenue.

Cross Country Skiing at Bubolz Nature Preserve

5. Brave the outdoors ... and love it.
There are plenty of ways to embrace winter outdoors in the Fox Cities. From snowshoeing Heckrodt Wetland Reserve or Bubolz Nature Preserve (both of which have rentals onsite) to ice skating at local parks, such as Pierce Park in Appleton, Washington Park in Neenah, Jennerjohn Park in Greenville, and Heesakker Park in Little Chute, bundle up and opt outside. Visit each city's local park and recreation department website for all parks with ice skating, hockey, and sledding hills available.

Grignon Mansion

6. Opt for an engaging education experience.
The Fox Cities is home to numerous museums sure to expand your horizons, leave you intrigued, and fill a winter afternoon. The Building for Kids Children’s Museum, Bergstrom Mahler Museum of Glass, and many others are very popular within the Fox Cities. Click here for the complete list.

Many local museums, such as the Grignon Mansion, Hearthstone Historic House Museum, and Trout Museum of Art, also host Christmas and holiday exhibits and displays.

Banner Photo Credit: IG @khenr Cross Country Skiing at Bubolz Nature Preserve

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