One chilly weekend every February​, the people of Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, don their red pointy hats as they celebrate the town's Scandinavian heritage.

All are welcome to join in this weekend-long family-friendly celebration of winter!

february 10-12

WiNTER FESTiVAL

One chilly weekend every February​, the people of Mount Horeb, Wisconsin, don their red pointy hats as they celebrate the town's Scandinavian heritage.

All are welcome to join in this weekend-long family celebration of winter!

February 10-12, 2023
in Mount Horeb, wisconsin

In Norway and Denmark, red pointy hats are worn by the nisse. In Sweden they’re worn by the tomte. In Mount Horeb, they’re worn by anyone who wants to join the fun of the Scandihoovian Winter Festival weekend.

Festival organizers like the playfulness of the hats and the bond they have come to represent. We’re here to celebrate our ​community and our heritage.

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SATURDAY EVENTS

Enter This One-of-a-Kind Fat Tire Bike Race!
2.5-mile, 5-mile, or 10-mile courses
Spectators are also welcome! Come enjoy a bloody mary at Norsk Golf Club's restaurant!

9:00am - 12:00pm​

$25 Registration
BIKERS REGISTER HERE

Norsk Golf Club
2755 Golf Bowl Rd

Enter This One-of-a-Kind Fat Tire Bike Race!
2.5-mile, 5-mile, or 10-mile courses
Spectators are also welcome! Come enjoy a bloody mary at Norsk Golf Club's restaurant!

Saturday, February 11
9:00am - 12:00pm​

BIKERS REGISTER HERE

LOCATION

Norsk Golf Club
2755 Golf Bowl Rd

From Snow to Art
Watch artists turns blocks of snow into magnificent sculptures!

Evangelical Lutheran Church Yard
315 E Main St



Free to enjoy!

Sculpting Starts at 10:00am

Enjoy Norwegian Kids' Games
Learn something new and win a tasty prize!

10:00am - 12:00pm​

Evangelical Lutheran Church Yard
315 E Main St
(Next to the Snow Sculptures!)



Free for the whole family!

So you think you've got what it takes?
Match wits with other great spellers in this friendly grown-up competition.

Competition Starts at 1:00pm

Martinson Hall
108 S Second St

$10 to Compete  |  Free to Watch
Competitors Register Here

Test your skills on the ice at this wildly popular Scandihoovian event!

Bowl with a frozen turkey - yes, you heard that right - a frozen turkey!

Competition Starts at 4:00pm

Garfield Park Ice Rink
101 E Garfield St



Free for the whole family!

New! Buy a tasty treat from
Wonder Cookie Food Truck

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Rather than a winter version of a summer carnival, festival founders had a different kind of idea. They believed a variety of unique events would get people out of their homes to meet and talk to their neighbors, to welcome visitors and, as a bonus, make people way less cranky.

Creative Mount Horeb residents made some inspired choices for indoor and outdoor events and activities -- a spelling bee for adults, broom ball on nearby Stewart Lake, frozen turkey bowling at the local skating rink, a fat tire bike race, Norwegian fiddlers, and many more. Ideas came from throughout the community and a village-wide festival was born. The festival even has its own signature wardrobe item - the red hat that celebrates the area's Scandinavian heritage.

So don a red hat, find an event - or several - and enjoy winter the Scandihoovian way.

​No crankiness allowed.

FESTIVAL HISTORY

FESTiVAL HiSTORY

Sometime in 2011, local merchants and citizens noticed a familiar pattern that always emerged after the holidays -- people got cranky. Determined to do something about it, someone in that bunch uttered five fateful words: "We should have a festival."

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