Winter Forecast:

Thu January 20, 2022

DeKalb, IL- The DeKalb Park District is hosting the 7th Annual POLAR-palooza Winter Festival on Saturday, February 5 from noon-3pm, at Hopkins Park, located at 1403 Sycamore Road.

This family-oriented event is FREE and includes outdoor activities such as ice skating, hayrides, winter activity demonstrations, and a snowman head building contest. Festival attendees will enjoy free hot chocolate and s’mores while warming up next to one of the community bonfires. Free Spirit Siberian Rescue will be on-site with sled dog demonstrations and dog meet’n’greets, as well as Kishwaukee Special Recreation Association with a Rubber Duck Race on the Terrace Room balcony. Indoors at Hopkins Community Center, there will be winter-themed crafts and a Book Walk with Basics DeKalb County

From Noon- 1:00 pm and 2:00-3:00 pm, there will be Open Skate at the Ice Rink, as well as Hockey Stick Broomball from 1:00-2:00 pm (no skates required). The DeKalb Park District will have a small variety of ice skate sizes available to rent for free, however, attendees are encouraged to bring their own skates. If you have any ice skates (especially youth sizes) that you would like to donate to the DeKalb Park District, skates can be donated and dropped off at the Sports and Recreation Center, located at 1765 S. 4th Street. 

Several activities are weather and snow condition-dependent, such as the scheduled recreation activity with NIU Outdoor Adventures. Visitors can also come to enjoy the Sled Hill and seasonal tunes courtesy of 94.9 WDKB during the event! 

Thank you to our festival sponsor Mortenson Construction. For a full schedule of festival activities, Ice Rink, and Sled Hill rules, please visit or call (815) 758-6663.

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