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Eagle Ridge’s Magical Nordic Carnival Weekend Is Returning This February

By Elliot McGowan

Eagle Ridge’s Magical Nordic Carnival Weekend Is Returning This February

Warm your heart and body at this Nordic winter paradise.

The annual Winter Carnival at Eagle Ridge’s Nordic Resort & Spa is returning in February 2021 and it offers Chicago families the perfect escape from the city. Within a few hours, you could transport yourself from the hustle and bustle of the busy city to a glistening winter wonderland where you and the family can enjoy a variety of magical winter activities and services. Swedish torches, ice carving stations, and all-day bonfires provide a magical Nordic getaway in the stunning nature of rural Illinois.

By day you could be sledding, skiing, skating, or ice fishing, and by night you’ll find yourself and your loved ones nestled around a cozy bonfire watching the prismatic hot air balloons light up the sky. But the glow of the astounding hot air balloons is far from the only magical event. Ice carving, s’mores making, ice turkey bowling, and Fire and Ice winter shows will also be taking place at Eagle Ridge’s Nordic Center in February.

The wonderful winter event will run from February 12 through February 15, 2021. For sporty and adventurous souls there will be equipment available to rent from the Nordic Shop so those who want to go snowshoeing, ice skating, sledding, ice fishing, skiing, and more, can do so easily without having to bring a car full of their own equipment.

Sledding down the 10th hole of The General Golf Course is a memory you won’t forget and if that’s a tease for the golfer among you, worry not. There is even a TrackMan Golf Simulator so that those missing the greens of the golf course can feel like the seasons never even changed!


While those who prioritize drinks and food won’t be left empty-handed. There is an ice bar featuring marshmallow shots and all the drinks your heart desires as well as six exceptional restaurants for a hearty breakfast, a sumptuous lunch, or an intimate dinner overlooking Lake Galena.

What’s more, Eagle Ridge has a strong partnership with local farmers, butchers, fishermen, and artisans making sure that the freshest regional ingredients are served throughout the year. For those who want to relax while the kids go sledding, there is also a spa offering treatment packages so you can send the children off for a day of fun on the slopes while you sit back and relax.

The natural paradise is within a few hour’s drive from Chicago in the lush ground of Galena’s Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa. Inn rooms, bedrooms, and condos can all be rented at the charming escape at 444 Eagle Ridge Drive. All-day bonfires, a new ice skating rink, and cross country skiing await!

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