Winter Fun in Madison Parks

01/19/2020: All trails open. Yahara was groomed 1/18/2020, Odana 1/19/20 (both open 8:30-4). Elver was groomed on Friday. The Elver shelter/restrooms open by 9am and staffed 11am-6pm for concessions, ski, sled and snowshoe rentals.

01/19/2020: We are staffed at Elver and Vilas (11-6pm) today for skate rentals. See website for the latest information on ice rinks. Select the individual page for which rinks. • The website will be updated with the latest.

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

  • 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

    1/13/2020 UPDATE: This event is now full. A limited number of spots are available on the waitlist. 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 … 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

    1/13/2020 UPDATE: This event is now full. A limited number of spots are available on the waitlist. • 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 … 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