A Million Mississippi Reflections
November 29th-December 31st
Riverside Park, La Crosse
Opens the day after Thanksgiging and runs through New year's Eve.
• Open Daily 5-10pm
• Christmas Eve 5-9pm
• Christmas Day 5-9pm
• New year's Eve 5pm-1am
Over 2,600,000 holiday lights & a 140 ft. Christmas tree adorn Riverside Park! See animated displays, trees, a real fire breathing dragon, and animated igloo and evergreen trees specially decorated by local organizations. Walk in to visit with Santa in Santa's Village. Watch for live reindeer Dec. 1st-23rd and a live nativity scene on the weekends. Entertainment is offered on select weekends in the heated ”Light Castle” tent.
Largest Holiday Lighting Displays in the Midwest!
Nearly 200,000 visitors per year enjoy this holiday tradition while driving or walking through the Park.
Admission is free! As you leave a small donation of a nonperishable food item or money is appreciated and benefits local charities and food pantries.
Schedule of Events
November 29-Rotary Lights Open
November 29, 5pm-Rotary Lights Holiday Parade through downtown La Crosse
November 29-December 23, 5-8pm-Santa Village, Santa on Duty Every Night (weather permitting)
December 1, 6-7, 13-15, 5-10pm-Live Nativity Scene Featuring Live Animals
December 3, 10, 17, 23, 5-8pm-Hayrides
November 29-December 23, 5-8pm-Live Reindeer in Santa Village
December 7, 9-11am-Breakfast with Santa
December 15, 4pm-Ugly Sweater 5K Run/Walk www.rotarylightsrun.org
December 24, 5:30pm-Ecumenical Services
Entertainment on select evenings in the heated “Light Castle” tent.
Nonperishable food item or money donations benefit Salvation Army, WAFER, New Horizons, Onalaska Food Basket, Saint Elizabeths in Holmen, La Crescent Food Shelf, Place of Grace, and Caledonia Food Basket.
The mission of Rotary Lights is to “feed the hungry of Coulee Region.”
28th Annual Winter Rec-Fest
January 15th - 25th!
• Medallion Hunt (begins Wednesday, January 15th)
• Skate Party
• Figure Skating Exhibition
• Frosty Feet Kickball Tournament
• Torchlight Ski/Hike, and Fireworks
• Broom Ball Tournament
• Sheepshead/Euchre Tournaments
• Softball & Volleyball Tournaments
• Hockey Tournament
• And Much More!!
Friday , Jan. 17 deadline for team sports registration.
For information contact the La Crosse Park & Recreation Department at 608-789-7533 or www.cityoflacrosse.org
28th Annual Winter Rec-Fest Schedule of Events
Winter Rec-Fest buttons will be available for sale at the following locations: Green Island Ice Arena, City Hall-La Crosse Parks & Rec Office, Southside Neighborhood Center & Black River Beach Neighborhood Center.
Wednesday, January 15 Time Location
• Snowflake Medallion Hunt Begins City Wide
Friday, January 17
• Deadline for Team Sports Registration 5pm Park & Rec Office
• Deadline for Euchre-Sheepshead 5pm Park & Rec Office
Family FUN Night - Presented by Gundersen Health Plan
• Torchlight Hike 5pm-8pm Green Island Park
• Lighted Outdoor Skating 5:pm-8pm Green Island Park
• Movie on the Ice approx. 7:30pm Green Island Ice Arena
Saturday, January 18
• Winter Fishing Derby 9am -11am Pettibone Park
• Frosty Feet Kickball Tournament 9am - 5pm Green Island Park
• Broomball Tournament 9am Green Island Ice Arena
• Youth Boys and Girls Basketball Scrimmage 9am - 4pm Logan Middle/Lincoln Middle
Sunday, January 19
• Broomball Tournament 9am Green Island Ice Arena
• Skate Party 7pm - 9pm Green Island Ice Arena
Monday, January 20
• Youth Curling 9am - 11am Green Island Ice Arena
• Adult Curling 6pm - 9pm Green Island Ice Arena
Tuesday, January 21
• Skate, Pass & Score Contest 5:30pm-7pm Green Island Ice Arena
Friday, January 24
• Figure Skating Exhibition 6:30pm-8pm Green Island Ice Arena
Family FUN Night
• Torchlight Hike 5pm-8pm Forest Hills
• Snow Shoe Trails, 5pm-8pm Forest Hills
provided by Three River Outdoors
• Lighted Sled Hill 5pm-8pm Forest Hills
• Fireworks Display 7pm Forest Hills
Saturday, January 25
• Euchre Tournament 8am Eagles Club
• Sheepshead Tournament 8am Eagles Club
• Mighty Mites Hockey Jamboree 8:30am Green Island Ice Arena
• Co-Rec Snow Volleyball Tournament 9am Alpine Inn, Nutbush City Limits
• One Pitch Snow Softball Tournament 9am Green Island Park
Saturday, March 1, 2014
Coulee Region Polar Plunge
Pettibone Beach, La Crosse
Join us on Saturday, March 1st for the Coulee Region Polar Plunge. The Polar Plunge is an event that allows cool people with warm hearts the opportunity to raise money and create awareness for Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes.
It’s easy to take the Plunge...simply register on-line at www.SpecialOlympicsWisconsin.org and begin raising pledges to earn some cool prizes! Don’t forget to invite your friends, family and co-workers to join your team. Too chicken to Plunge? That’s okay there are a number of ways to get involved without getting wet! Check out our website for more information about the following events:
• Polar Dash (with a Splash?): Be a part of Polar Plunge 2014 by becoming a Dasher register for the Polar Dash 5K Fun Run/Walk. Participants will have the option to finish near the Plunge site or with a splash in the Mississippi!
• Toss Your Boss: Sign up your boss today (make sure they are okay with it first)! Raise $1000 for the boss and watch them plunge on Friday night!
• Cool School Challenge: Is your school cool? Convince your classmates, teachers and principals to join your team, raise pledges and be a part of the event! Or you can even Toss Your Teacher and Plunge Your Principal!
• Too Chicken To Plunge: We know Plunging is not for everyone! Register as Too Chicken and you can still raise money, earn incentives, and stay dry!
• Early Event Check Ins: Beat the rush on Plunge day by attending an Early Event Check In. This is strongly encouraged for all participants! A list of dates, times and locations are available on-line. Team Captains must attend an Early Event Check In for your Team Plunge time!
• Parking at the Plunge: Parking in Pettibone Park will be extremely limited. All Dashers, Plungers, Spectators and Volunteers are encouraged to ride the FREE shuttles check the website for pick up locations.
All money raised from the Polar Plunge will benefit Special Olympics Wisconsin athletes in La Crosse and throughout the state! Since its inception in 1999, Wisconsin Polar Plungers have helped raise more than $15 million for Special Olympics. Children and adults with intellectual disabilities who participate in Special Olympics develop improved physical fitness and motor skills, greater self-confidence and a more positive self-image.
Kerry Gloede • 608.789.7596
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