Celebrating the season in Oneida County


The holidays are fast approaching and Oneida County communities have a lot of festivities planned. It’s a great time for a getaway – this season, take the family to Oneida County, enjoy the beautiful outdoors and catch a little holiday cheer at a fun local event. Here’s a bit of what’s happening in coming weeks. Join the fun!

Nov. 25

Three Lakes will host its annual Festival of Lights. The event in Cy Williams Park features the official lighting of the tree and park gazebo, live reindeer and Christmas karaoke. Santa and Mrs. Claus arrive at 5pm and will be available for photos. Learn more.

Nov. 26

Lace up your shoes for the Jingle Bell 3k in St. Germain. The festive run/walk event is followed by the Lighting Up St. Germain Holiday Parade, a tree lighting, snacks and a visit with Santa. Learn more.

Minocqua hosts Christmas in Minocqua, which includes a visit by Santa and his reindeer, children’s activities, horse-drawn wagon rides and warm refreshments in anticipation of the official lighting of the Christmas display at 5pm. Learn more.

In Tomahawk, Santa will also make an appearance – he’ll roll into town at 1:30pm for the Christmas Wonderland. Main Street Businesses will have sales for Shop Small Saturday and there will be horse-drawn wagon rides downtown. Learn more.

Dec. 3

The Annual Rhinelander Christmas Parade and Tree Lighting will be held on Saturday, December 3rd in Downtown Rhinelander. Festivities begin at 5pm with the Christmas Parade and the traditional lighting of the Holiday Tree will take place at Stevensport Square after the parade.

This year’s parade theme: Rhinelander Home for the Holidays. Learn more.

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Enjoy every last minute of biking: where to get rolling



Enjoy every last day of biking this fall. November days can be outstanding for biking. You may need to dress a little warmer – you will probably need gloves and a jacket – but the riding is beautiful. With most of the leaves fallen, you can discover dramatic views that were obscured just weeks ago. Wildlife is on the move and there’s a good chance you’ll see deer headed through the forest and migratory birds headed south. Soon some biking routes will be closed for the season and people will be snowmobiling, skiing and snowshoeing. But for the moment, there still time to experience the outdoors on two wheels. Enjoy every moment.

Here are a few places to get rolling this month:

St. Germain Bike and Hike Trail 

You can pick up this trail in downtown St. Germain near the St. Germain Chamber of Commerce. Follow the paved trail east to old Highway 70 or west and north to Plum Creek Avenue.

Newbold Town Trail

This trail north of Rhinelander includes a mix of level road riding and packed gravel. The route is also used by hikers and leashed dogs are allowed.

Bearskin State Trail 

This level, crushed granite trail runs from Minocqua to Tomahawk. You’ll need to get a trail pass – they are sold by DNR service centers in Rhinelander and Woodruff as well as some area businesses. A daily pass costs $4.

Mud Lake Trail 

Just north of Rhinelander you’ll find the Mud Lake Trail, a mountain biking route that includes some challenging segments. The trail hosts two mountain bike races every year.