Winter Escapades in Galena and Jo Daviess County

A winter’s day in Galena Country is like taking a walk through the scenes of a holiday carol. We often have snow and mistletoe, chestnuts can be found roasting on open fires and treetops will glisten. It’s the idyllic winter scene coming to life, but don’t mistake us for a sleepy winter town either. Outdoor adventurers will find plenty to do at Chestnut Mountain Resort, one of the Midwest’s top-rated ski and snowboard resorts, plus snow days take on new meaning at Eagle Ridge Resort & Spa’s Nordic Center. Here’s a little treat of all that winter holds.

Hit Holiday Events

Hit Holiday Events

Holiday House Walks, Night of the Luminaria, tree lightings and Mistletoe Ball... winter is full of fun in Galena. You might even spy the Grinch in our living windows.

Tackle the Slopes

Tackle the Slopes

Takeoffs are granted at Chestnut Mountain. Nineteen trails, 220 rolling acres, and a 475 foot vertical drop make this a challenge for novice and expert skiers.

Take a Snow Day

Take a Snow Day

Distractions melt away as you make your way to Eagle Ridge’s Nordic Center. Spend the day cross-country skiing, sledding snowshoeing or ice skating.

Cozy Up on Main

Cozy Up on Main

Galena’s Main Street is full of one-of-a-kind gifts, authentic restaurants and 19th-century charm. It’s like walking into a backlot of a movie production. Come get your holiday shopping done!

Go Eagle Watching

Go Eagle Watching

Take a four-hour tour, hosted by the Eagle Nature Foundation, as we visit five eagle communities between Dubuque and Green Island where you can typically see between 30 and 350 eagles.

Try Ice Golf

Once a year in February, the Ice Golf Classic converges at Mid-town Marina in East Dubuque. 18-holes, a course on two-foot thick ice, and bright green tennis balls guarantee a good time.

What People Say about Winter in Galena Country

“Every time I get to visit, I come home with a greater knowledge of antiques and have made new memories with my friends. Galena is definitely a Midwest gem and one of my favorites places to visit.”
– Bobbie Shannon