Winter with Little Ones in Heartland Lakes

The temperatures may be low, but the energy still is high during the winter months in Heartland Lakes! Here are a few things families can do during the coldest months of the year.


Yuletide Sampler & Heartland Lakes Community Tree Lighting

Day after Thanksgiving
Make your hallmark movie dreams come true in small-town holiday fashion! Start your night with the Yuletide Sampler – an event where you can shop small, see the live nativity scene, take photos in front of the holiday decorations and nibble on all kinds of yummy treats. Then, stick around and meet us at the tree where carolers, hot cocoa and cookies await! Gather around a warm firepit and roast marshmallows as a family, then watch as the Christmas tree is lit for the season. Make sure to keep your eyes and ears ready…Santa & Mrs. Claus usually stop by!


Christmas Matinees

Every Saturday during the holiday season
The Park Theater shows classic Christmas movies each Saturday at 1pm during the Christmas season! Catch a showing of Elf, The Polar Express and more with your kiddos.


Snowshoe Sundays

Sundays in January and February, 12-4pm
The fun doesn’t stop after the holidays! Each Sunday in January and February, the Tamarac Visitor Center offers free snowshoe rentals for even the littlest of feet. Dress warm and wear snow boots for a refreshing hike through the snowy woods of Heartland Lakes.


Participate in an Ice Fishing Derby

Ice Fishing Derbies are a classic wintertime Heartland Lakes activity, and two of the biggest – the American Legion Ice Fishing Derby and the Menahga Family Fishing Derby – happen in the first part of the year. Step onto the ice and try your best to catch a fish! You can win prizes, play games and enjoy the snowy scenes while you take part in something truly special.


Shop and Eat Local

The cold isn’t for everyone, so it’s a good thing that Heartland Lakes has great shopping and dining options! Stop for a bite at The Good Life Cafe, or grab dessert at Muskie Waters Co. before you shop at places like Kathryn’s on Main Lazy One, Rustique North and Dorset Books & Candy Shack.

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