Kettle Moraine State Forest is an incredible place to explore by day, but it is even more magical at night. For one day every winter, you can explore the park after dark thanks to the light from hundreds of beautiful candles illuminating the trails. The Annual Candlelight Ski and Hike through the Southern Unit of Kettle Moraine State Park happens January 19th from 6:00 pm until 9:00 pm. During the event, you will have the rare opportunity to classic ski or hike the 1.6 mile purple loop by night with adventurers from all across the region. Under the beautiful flickering light of 450 lit candles, the park takes on a fantastical, other-wordly ambiance. You will truly feel like you have stepped into a fairy tale. Dogs are allowed, but only for this event. Food will be for sale by the Kettle Moraine Natural History Association
, but you can also bring food of your own to cook over the bonfire or grill. Definitely plan on bringing a thermos full of hot chocolate to stay warm. The event costs $5 per person, but if you have a 2019 state park sticker on your car, you’ll get in for free.
Kettle Moraine State Park is located just minutes from the Hamilton House Bed & Breakfast
. After the excursion, head back to your room to read a book by the warmth of the fireplace or relax in one of our luxurious jetted tubs. The Candlelight Ski and Hike is one of our favorite events of the year. Exploring the snow-covered park with only the light from candles and the moon to show you the way is truly an experience you will never forget. However, this event is very popular, so we recommend arriving early to ensure that you can find a decent parking spot. We’ll see you there!
Planning a visit to Whitewater this winter? Book a stay at the charming Hamilton House Bed & Breakfast, located just minutes from the Kettle Moraine State Park.