The snow has fallen and made the Northwoods white perfection. Christmas is at our doorstep and soon seasonal visitors will share the wonders of the Holidays up north. Whether curled up in front of a fire, gazing at Christmas tree lights, shushing on a groomed cross country ski trail or pausing on a snowmobile to let a deer cross, there are so many fabulous things to enjoy.
Many of the businesses will be closing early on Christmas Eve to enjoy the evening with family and friends. Churches throughout the area will hold Christmas services Wednesday evening and On Christmas day.
For a listing of worship services in the Minocqua, Woodruff, Arbor Vitae and Lake Tomahawk area, visit the Chamber site at: http://www.minocqua.org/minocqua-area-churches-and-worship.html.
For most of the churches in Vilas County, pick up the Wednesday issue of the Vilas County News Review. Online subscribers can visit their website at: www.vilascountynewsreview.com/lifestyle/churches-plan-holiday-services.
The Lakeland Times also has a comprehensive listing in the Dec. 23 on pages 6, 7 and 10. Details are available online for subscribers at: http://www.lakelandtimes.com/Search.asp?Keyword1=Christmas+church+services&btnsearch.x=50&btnsearch.y=13&SearchBox=1&SectionID=0&ReturnCount=20.
Shall we talk snowmobiling? You bet! Great news is that area trails are open and the recent snow has offset some of the meltdown experienced last week. However, caution is strongly urged, especially in swampy areas. Only cross the lakes where marked and stay within the markers – there needs to be a prolonged period of really cold weather to drive the ice in.
Make sure the snowmobiles are fully gassed if riding on Christmas day. Not all service stations will be open and not all have 24 hour self serve pumps. Most trails will be groomed for riding on Christmas day and it can be some of the best riding of the year!
Cross country skiers and snowshoe enthusiasts will want to prepare for heavy, wet snow conditions for this week. The forecast says there is a chance of snow Christmas evening, so watch for changing conditions as things cool down.
Of all the wonderful things to do and see this time of year, most of all, we wish you and your family a very special Christmas and that all your wishes for this very special time of the year come true in the most magnificent way!
There is stll plenty of time to book a magical sleigh ride at Rocking W Stables in Eagle River. The last day is Jan. 4 and you can see more pictures on their Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Kartway-Rocking-W-Stables/165105380344576/