Winter Fun in Madison Parks

12/05/19: A portion of the Elver machine-made snow loop is open for skate skiing. Restrooms and warming shelter are open until 9pm. No staff, rentals or concessions available. See Elver Skiing page for trail map. https://www.cityofmadison.com/parks/facilities/skiTrail.cfm?id=2 **All other cross-country ski trails are closed.**

All ice rinks and winter recreation shelters are closed.

Group of people ice skating on a sunny winter day at Tenney Park in Madison, Wisconsin.

The fun in Madison Parks continues all winter season. We offer indoor and outdoor activities, snow required or snow optional activities and much more! Most winter activities are weather dependent please see the individual activity pages or call for the latest information.

Upcoming Events

  • Wednesday, January 15, 2020
    6:00pm to 7:30pm

    Skate with the UW Women's Hockey Team

    Badger fans are invited to skate with the University of Wisconsin Women's Hockey Team at Vilas Park. Admission is free and all ages are welcome to attend. The warming shelter with restrooms will be open and staff with concessions and skate rentals available. Wednesday, January 15, 2020* 6:00 - 7:30pm Vilas Park - shelter and ice rink 1602 Vilas Park Drive * if the weather or ice conditions are … Read more

  • Friday, January 17, 2020
    6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Groove & Glide

    Lace-up your ice skates for a fun Friday night at Westmorland Park! We bring the music, games and prizes and you bring yourself, a date or the whole family. All ages and experience levels are welcome. The warming shelter with restrooms will be open and we will have a limited selection of ice skates to borrow. Concessions are not available at this location.  All Groove & Glide events are free to … Read more

  • Saturday, January 18, 2020
    4:30pm to 8:00pm

    Candlelit Snowshoe Hike

    Hundreds of softly glowing lights illuminate the trails through the trails of Edna Taylor Conservancy and Woodland Park beginning at the Aldo Leopold Nature Center (330 Femrite Drive). Snowshoe or hike and enjoy a roaring bonfire outside and activities inside of Aldo Leopold Nature Center. Event Notes & Tips • All ages are welcome. • FREE parking at Ahuska Park (400 E. Broadway) and FREE … Read more

  • Friday, January 24, 2020
    6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Groove & Glide

    Lace-up your skates for a fun Friday night at Vilas Park! Bring yourself, a date or the whole family and ice skate under the stars and lights with fun music, games and prizes. All ages and experience levels are welcome. The warming shelter is open with concessions, skate rentals and restrooms.   All Groove & Glide events are free to attend and no registration is required. If ice conditions or … Read more

  • Saturday, January 25, 2020
    6:30pm to 8:30pm

    Candlelight Walk at Cherokee Marsh

    Tour Cherokee Marsh Conservation Park, North Unit by candlelight, then warm up with hot cocoa by the fire. Bring your own snowshoes or wear appropriate winter footwear.  Three lighted loops All ages are welcome Walk at your own pace The event is sponsored by the Friends of Cherokee Marsh and will take place with or without snow cover. The event may be canceled or rescheduled if trail … Read more

  • Saturday, February 1, 2020
    10:00am to 4:00pm

    Learn to Cross-Country Ski presented by Madison Parks Foundation

    Join experts from REI - Madison, Madison Nordic Ski Club (Madnorski) and Central Cross Country Skiing (CXC) to learn the basics of classic cross-country skiing. Three classes will be offered on Saturday, February 1 and Sunday, February 2 during Madison Winter Festival at Elver Park. The two-hour class will teach and demonstrate all the basic classic skiing skills needed for beginners and novice … Read more

  • Saturday, February 1, 2020
    3:00pm to 8:00pm

    Winter Prom

    One night. Two dances. Hundreds of memories. ~ All families are welcome! This dance is perfect for children 13 and under. Dress up and celebrate with an afternoon or evening of dancing, refreshments, and a complimentary photo booth.  WHERE: Warner Park Community Recreation Center WHEN: Saturday, February 1, 2020  TIMES: 3:00-5:00pm (doors open at 2:45pm) 6:00-8:00pm (doors open at … Read more

  • Saturday, February 1, 2020
    6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Groove & Glide

    Lace-up your skates for a fun Saturday night at Elver Park! Bring yourself, a date or the whole family and ice skate under the stars and lights with fun music, games and prizes. All ages and experience levels are welcome. The warming shelter is open with concessions, skate rentals and restrooms. This event takes place during Madison Winter Festival.   All Groove & Glide events are free to … Read more

  • Sunday, February 2, 2020
    10:00am to 4:00pm

    Learn to Cross-Country Ski presented by Madison Parks Foundation

    Join experts from REI - Madison , Madison Nordic Ski Club  (Madnorski) and Central Cross Country Skiing  (CXC) to learn the basics of classic cross-country skiing. Three, 2-hour classes are offered on Saturday, February 1 and Sunday, February 2 during Madison Winter Festival at Elver Park. The two-hour class will teach and demonstrate all the basic classic skiing skills needed for beginners and … Read more

  • Friday, February 7, 2020
    6:00pm to 8:00pm

    Groove & Glide

    Lace-up your ice skates for a fun Friday night at Warner Park! We'll bring the music, games and prizes and you bring yourself, a date or the whole family. All ages and experience levels are welcome. The warming shelter with restrooms will be open and we will have a limited selection of ice skates to borrow. Concessions are not available at this location.  All Groove & Glide events are free to … Read more

  • Saturday, February 8, 2020
    4:00pm to 7:30pm

    Skate Cinema - Abominable

    The Sina Davis Movies in the Park continues this winter at Tenney Park! Join us for an evening of ice skating and a movie at Skate Cinema! We'll have fun music for ice skating and giveaways on the Tenney Park lagoon from 4-5:30pm followed by an outdoor movie!  We'll begin the showing of Abominable at 5:30pm - bring a lawn chair and a blanket and make it an evening. Stop in the John Wall Family … Read more