As Indiana weather turns to snow and ice, Syracuse blossoms into a winter wonderland full of exciting activities. Lots of snowfall and low temperatures mean big winter fun in Northern Indiana. After the holidays, the area becomes a beacon of outdoor recreation and festive cheer. Learn about all the events coming to Syracuse this winter and enjoy the best of the Indiana seasons.

Ice Fishing and Snowmobiling on Lake Wawasee

With over 3,500 acres of water, Lake Wawasee has become one of the state’s most alluring winter destinations. Depending on the weather, the lake tends to freeze around January and February, turning the state’s largest natural lake into a massive playground. Locals and tourists alike hit the snow-packed lake with their snowmobiles for some high-speed fun. Lake Wawasee is also great for ice fishing and boating. There’s nothing like enjoying some rest and relaxation on a frozen lake surrounded by the silence of winter.

Hit the Slopes at St. Patrick’s County Park in South Bend

Cross-country skiing is the activity of choice for most Indianans come wintertime. The smooth, peaceful terrain of St. Patrick’s County Park in South Bend is perfect for new and experienced skiers. Snowfall tends to be heaviest in January and February, opening the park up to a whole new batch of visitors and outdoorsmen. The park even features candlelit trails, so you can ski at night under the stars. Snuggle up with some leggings and enjoy the sounds of nature.

Celebrate the Season at Culver’s Winter Fest

Culver, IN is a thriving town in Marshall County right on the top of Lake Maxinkuckee, just an hour or so outside of Syracuse. From February 9th to 11th, you can experience the work of dozens of amazing local artisans at Culver’s Winter Fest. You’ll see ice sculptures, seasonal arts and crafts, and some delicious local cuisine. Sledding and skating are strongly encouraged at the city’s park on the lake. Join hundreds of local families in Culver as the town celebrates all the joys of winter.

Warm Up with a Beer at the Shelf Ice Brew Fest in Michigan City

Head to Michigan City on February 17th for a chance to taste test dozens of breweries from the local area. The city’s Arts District comes alive with live music, lots of food vendors, and endless craft beer. Tickets start at $45, giving you complete access to over a dozen breweries and some of the area’s most renowned restaurants. Most of the action takes place on Franklin St. as local businesses open their doors for the city’s beer enthusiasts. Get your tickets before January 1st for a special discount.

Start planning your trip to Syracuse this winter and book your stay at Oakwood Resort, right on Lake Wawasee. Enjoy gorgeous views of the icy lake, soothing luxury suites, and fast access to some of the biggest winter attractions in town. Book your room today!