Join the fun this winter in the Stevens Point Area with some of the best holiday events, breweries, outdoor activities, and more fun! Check out our list of 30+ things to do this winter while visiting the Stevens Point Area!
1. Central Waters Anniversary Party
Central Waters is turning 25! On January 28th, 2023 they will be hosting their anniversary party featuring great brews, a great atmosphere, and more!
2. Iverson Park
Head over to Iverson Park for outdoor winter fun. There, you can find sledding, ice skating, and toboggan slides for those of all ages! Take a break and head into the warming house for hot chocolate when you are done!
3. Allen F. Blocher Planetarium
Visit the Allen F Blocher Planetarium on the UW-Stevens Point campus for different winter programs. They offer various programs for free - with donations encouraged - to both UWSP students and the public.
4. Point Brewery
Stop at one of the oldest continuously operating breweries in the world and a local favorite since 1857, the Stevens Point Brewery. Be sure to taste the Snow Pilot or a Point Bock for a winter favorite.
5. Fairy Tale Ball
On January 14th, meet the most beloved Fairy Tale characters with the Playhouse Theater Group's Fairy Tale Ball. Grab some autographs, take pictures, enjoy desserts, and join your favorite characters on the dance floor.
6. Children's Museum
Indoor fun for children can start at the Central Wisconsin Children's Museum. Enjoy interactive exhibits, activities, and obstacles, or hit the art room all while visiting the Children's Museum.
7. Live Music
Find warmth with some live music, indoors! Live music can be found regularly at many spots around town, including Sunset Point Winery and Rookies. Or, check out the offerings with the Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra and UW-Stevens Point.
Searching for more live music? Check out our events calendar featuring a roundup of local live music events.
8. Schmeeckle Reserve
Head out for a winter hike through Schmeeckle Reserve where you can enjoy meandering through 5 miles of trails and boardwalks. Then, make a stop and visit the Schmeeckle Reserve Visitor Center which is the headquarters of the Green Circle Trail for more information on winter activities.
9. Stay active indoors
From curling at the Stevens Point Curling Club to yoga at The Wellness Spa or Artha Yoga Studios, you will be sure to find ways to stay active indoors. Join a league at the SentryWorld Fieldhouse for fun all winter long with many things to do from pickleball, tennis, volleyball, and more fun to stay active!
Find more ways to stay warm and active in our blog 4 Indoor Activities to Keep Active this Winter.
10. Santa Sightings
Santa will be visiting early this year so make sure to get out and say hi, snap a picture, or drop off your Christmas letters. Find all the places Santa will be visiting with our roundup of Santa Sightings.
Visit the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame in the Visitor Center at Schmeeckle Reserve. At the hands-on museum, you can learn more about the story of conservation in Wisconsin through time. Also, even though they've moved, the Museum of Natural History on UWSP is still open in the Science Building on campus.
12. Ice Skating
Grab your skates or rent a pair at select locations for fun on ice this winter. Check out outdoor skating rinks at Iverson Park, Goerke Park, and downtown at The Square. Prefer indoor skating? Head to the K.B. Willet Ice Arena where they host open skate times.
For more spots to hit the ice this winter, check out our guide to all the top spots to ice skate in the Stevens Point Area.
13. Downtown Stevens Point Christmas Crawl
Put on your favorite ugly sweater and Christmas onesies and get ready to crawl. Visit a variety of downtown bars during Christmas Crawl and try drink specials at all participating bars and enter to win door prizes. The event will go rain or shine so get ready for fun! (Must be 21+ to participate).
14. O'so Brewing
Head to O'so Brewing for a taste of Wisconsin-made products! Take a seat at the cozy bar or stop in and listen to live music. Be sure to try their Infectious Groove ale, a kettle-sourced blonde ale that is refreshingly tart and ends with a light dry finish.
15. Enchanted Forest
Head out to the Rosholt Fair Grounds this winter to view the Enchanted Forest Christmas light show on display the first three weekends in December. Visit with Santa on Saturdays, explore their petting zoo on select weekends, and view their live nativity scene.
16. Shopping in downtown Stevens Point
Head to downtown Stevens Point to find an abundance of shopping. For the children or children at heart, Gepetto's is a favorite. There, you can shop through toys and play while you are at it. If you're in the mood for a new outfit, check out Bria Bella & Company. Shop sustainably or grab the perfect book at Process & Bound to Happen Books.
17. McZ's BrewPub
In downtown Rosholt, you can find local flavor and homemade food at McZ's Brew Pub. Be sure to get a taste of the homemade pizza with beer dough and grab a flight to get a little taste of the beers brewed on-site!
18. New Years Bashes
Find the perfect spot to ring in the new year in the Stevens Point Area with our guide to some of the top New Year's bashes - with events to dance the night away and others to tuck the kids in early.
19. Green Circle Trail
Head out on the Plover River segment of the Green Circle Trail for cross-country skiing, when conditions exist. Or, find your fun on other areas of the 27-mile trail that are open for hiking and exploring!
Looking for more to do on the trails, take a look at our guide to the top spots to cross country ski and snowshoe in the Stevens Point Area.
20. Sculpture Park
See art from local, regional, national, and international artists in the Stevens Point Sculpture Park. Stroll through the 20 acres and discover the unique connection between nature and art!
Head indoors and find fun at Putt-n-Play. Hit the Northwoods-themed 18-hole mini-golf course before grabbing a bite to eat. Then hit the arcade room for games or grab a board game for some family fun.
Looking for more fun things to do with kids, check out our guide to kids winter fun in the Stevens Point Area.
22. Pallets & Planks
Looking for a way to get creative? Check out Pallets & Planks in downtown Point. You can join in on one of their DIY workshops where you can make and take home something special or book them for a private party.
23. Ice Age Trail
For a long walk, head over to the Ice Age Trail, a 1,000-mile footpath that traces the state's rich glacial features. If the conditions exist, try snowshoeing along the trail!
For more hiking in the Stevens Point Area, read our guide to the top spots for a winter hike.
24. Sunset Point Winery
Grab a tasty glass of wine and grab a seat in a swing while visiting the tasting room at Sunset Point Winery. Even take a tour for $10 on Saturdays at 3:30 pm and bring your souvenir glass home with you!
25. George W. Mead Wildlife Area
While the George W. Mead Wildlife Area is a great nature preserve with snowshoeing and winter hiking available, they also have great winter events to get people outside and active. Their events feature open snowshoeing, various presentations, guided hikes, and more!
Find more snowshoeing spots with our guide to the top places to snowshoe in the Stevens Point Area.
26. Delicious Coffee Shops
In the Stevens Point Area, you can't miss out on the plethora of local coffee shops that are located all over the county. In downtown Stevens Point, you can find Ruby Coffee and Emy J's.
Learn more about the best places for coffee in our blog, Insiders Guide: Coffee Hot Spots.
While in the Stevens Point Area, don't miss out on the local art that covers the area. Start with the murals located on the campus of UWSP. Then, head downtown and take a look at the murals that color the walls throughout. Don't miss out on the canvas trash bins that are located throughout too!
28. "Animal Farm" at UWSP
Head to the UWSP Noel Fine Arts Center as the Theatre and Dance Department presents "Animal Farm". This quirky show from George Orwell is a satire on the perils of Stalinism where animals on a farm drive out their master and take over to run the farm themselves. How does it? Check out the performance to find out!
29. Stevens Point Area Diners
For a cozy, like-home atmosphere, visit a diner in the Stevens Point Area. From a tasty breakfast at Rock-n-Roll Cafe or a homemade treat at Cozy Kitchen to comfort food and a delicious bloody mary at Ambrosia Pub and Grill in Amherst, you can be sure to enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner at a diner in the Stevens Point Area!
Learn more about diners in the Stevens Point Area in our blog, A Dozen of the Stevens Point Area's Best Diners.
30. Bloody Mary
With many great bloody mary stops in the Stevens Point Area, try them all and pick your favorite. For a local favorite, stop at Rusty's Backwater Saloon for their bloody mary that is topped with cheese and a beef stick!
On the search for your favorite while in the Stevens Point Area? Learn more in our blog, Three to Try: Bloody Marys.
31. Galaxy Comics
Head indoors for comics, games, and more at Galaxy Comics in downtown Stevens Point. Hungry? Check out The Big Garlic for a tasty bite to eat next door!
32. Standing Rocks Park
Gain a little speed this winter and enjoy cross-country skiing at Standing Rocks Park. Or, head out and enjoy the fat tire and snowshoe trails throughout the park. Need rentals? The park offers rentals at the Behnke Olson Outdoor Recreation Center (BOORC).
For trail conditions, call 715-824-7250.
33. Local Flavor
Get a taste of Stevens Point this winter from vegan options at Wicked Willow, tapas-style at Father Fats, or a tasty breakfast at the Wooden Chair. Find more suggestions with our A to Z: 26 Things to Try guide.
34. UWSP Athletics
Head indoors for some live-action and catch some University of Wisconsin - Stevens Point athletics. From men's and women's hockey, basketball, and wrestling to swim and dive or indoor track and field, you will be sure to find your sports fix while in the Stevens Point Area. Learn more about where and when you can catch these events with the UWSP Athletics calendar of events.
Hit the lanes this winter in the Stevens Point Area! At Opi's Five Star Lanes, and Skipp's Bowling you can be sure to find an open lane. Looking for something more competitive? Be sure to check out their bowling leagues offered throughout the week as well.
Calling all cheese lovers! Stop by Mullins Cheese for 50 varieties of fresh cheeses, a take-and-bake pizza, and even deep-fried cheese curds! Another local favorite serving up fresh, squeaky cheese curds daily is Feltz's Dairy Farm!
37. Winter Farmers Market
All winter long you can head to the winter farmers market at the Boys and Girls Club in Stevens Point. There you can find fresh fruits, veggies, produce, and more! Stop by and grab a fresh breakfast between 8 am and 12 pm on Saturdays!