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Starting New Holiday Traditions in the Northwoods

Regardless of why you come up here, fall and winter are absolutely beautiful times to visit Minocqua, especially for a family, holiday trip.

Sometimes a change of scenery during the holiday months can be the best reset for your family while you celebrate. Escape the hustle and bustle of this time of year and get back to what matters most - family. If you’ve ever considered doing some traveling during the holidays, we’ve got you covered with family-friendly, holiday traditions to try this year in the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

family holiday table


Grab the family, pack up the car and enjoy the fall foliage as you follow along the winding forest roads to get to the resort. Enjoy a family dinner out at North Fork Fin & Filet, Minocqua’s newest American-style grill or plan ahead to cook your Thanksgiving feast in the fully equipped kitchen located in your cabin.

On the other hand, if relaxing outside your cabin with a glass of wine in your hand and your feet up sounds much better than cooking all day, you might want to consider letting Triggs, Save More or a local catering company cook your family’s feast for you. From Thanksgiving bundles with all the trimmings to ala carte orders of family favorites, you’re sure to find something everyone in your family will enjoy. Maybe try some new dishes like pumpkin roasted apple soup with bacon or wild rice with Butternut squash and cranberry. Allowing someone else to do the cooking also allows you more time to enjoy the peaceful company of your family.

If your family is an active bunch, register everyone to participate in the annual Minocqua 5K Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day and start a new running tradition together! Bonus - it’ll PRE burn off those feast calories before you even eat them!

If you happen to stick around through the end of November, stop by the “Christmas in Minocqua” event to visit Santa and Mrs. Claus. Let your children visit with the jolly couple and then head over to the Christmas lighting ceremony as you are serenaded by Christmas carols. While you're here, enjoy some holiday shopping at the quaint, downtown shops lit up in festive lights and partake in the elf scavenger hunt.

dad and daughter making Christmas cookies


Take everything you love about Christmas with you up north and begin new traditions with your family. Avoid the chaos of the holiday rush and the stress of preparing your home for the holidays. Focus on your family as you bake holiday cookies, make handmade gifts for friends and laugh the night away waiting for Santa.

Set up a dwarf tree with ornaments and lights, hang stockings by the fireplace and make hot cocoa with mini marshmallows right on the stove.

Feel like getting out for the day? Start a new family tradition of viewing holiday lights at any of the local light spots that are sure to amaze! Take a trip to Hodag Park in Rhinelander to experience the concession of picturesque lights called Lights of the Northwoods. Slowly drive through or bundle up and take a stroll to see them up close in person with the whole family at your side.

Or, visit Rondele Ranch in Harshaw off Hwy K which also offers a massive, beautiful drive through Christmas light display that your family will love!

toasting champagne glasses

New Years

Ring in the New Year at Minocqua’s Boat House, T-Murtaugh’s or Otto's as you enjoy good food, music, and a great selection of brews while grandma watches the kiddos. Or enjoy a nice night in with the family as you struggle to keep your eyes open past 10pm. If you can stay awake, crack open a bottle of champagne and sparkling grape juice to toast in the new year while surrounded by your family in the cabin.

Regardless of which holiday or which activity, taking your family for a holiday vacation in the Northwoods can provide plenty of opportunities for enjoying the company of those you love. Try something new this year while staying at Nitschke’s Northern Resort. Who knows, you may just start a new family tradition that you can enjoy for years to come!



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