Visit these locations and make special Christmas memories!

The Christmas season is in high gear and, while the communities do a fabulous job with their special events, there are several activities that don’t require a specific time and date.

Rocking W Stables and Sleigh Rides:  What is more memorable than taking the family and friends on an authentic sleigh ride in the woods? Dean Nolan, and his staff of drivers, beautiful horses and cozy warming hut, deliver everything that is magical about a sleigh ride. The ride traverses 120 wooded acres populated by deer and other wildlife. Halfway through the hour-long ride, there is a stop at a toasty roaring bonfire complete with delicious hot cocoa or other steamy drinks.

Sleigh rides began on Dec. 12 and continue until Jan. 4. You can hop on a group sleigh or reserve a private one for your group’s size. The price is $10 per person on the group sleigh ride and $100 for a private sleigh for up to 10 people. For more than 10 people, it is an additional $10 per person.

Call for reservations at 715-617-6779. Rocking W Stables is located behind Northland Pines Schools off Highway 45 north on Pleasure Island Road. You can also find them on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kartway-Rocking-W-Stables/165105380344576.

Minocqua:The Holiday Model Train Show is open Dec. 13, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 26, 27, 29, 30 2014, at the old train depot in Downtown Minocqua from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM. The display features O gauge trains, a large scale that was popular before World War II. The display reflects old fashioned Christmases of a bygone era.

Before heading out, you might want to consider throwing your ice skates in the back seat and make a visit to the rink at Torpy Park in Minocqua. There are bathrooms, picnic tables and a warming house at the rink. Mother Nature determines the availability of the rink.

Like the sound of ice skating? There are also rinks available at Winter Park, on Minocqua’s west side, Brandy Park in Woodruff, Lake Tomahawk by the boat landing, at St. Germain’s Community Park and Lac du Flambeau’s YMCA Family Camp Nawakwa’s  great outdoor skating pond. Most of the outdoor rinks are available at no cost. Visit http://www.minocqua.org/minocqua-area-ice-skating.html and www.st-germain.com or Google the other area chambers for ice skating opportunities!

Eagle River: Tired of just walking while you shop downtown Eagle River? Why not hop on a free sleigh ride offered by the businesses of Eagle River? The sleigh rides travel Wall and Railroad streets and run through Dec. 27.

Lake Tomahawk: Tonight, Dec. 13, Lake Tomahawk welcomes Santa Claus who arrives by fire truck at 7:00 PM, right next to the Information Booth. The town’s Christmas tree will be lit and children will receive a holiday treat from Santa.

The closer we get to Christmas, businesses and local organizations host a myriad of events for you and your family. The Vilas County Tourism website has a listing of many of these events at http://www.vilaswi.com/events/. The Oneida County Tourism websites has links to the individual town chamber sites. There you can check out what is scheduled for each town in Oneida County: http://oneidacountywi.com/festivals-events/.

We hope you are having an especially memorable Christmastide, filled with loads of special memories!

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