Chill Out at Annual Winter Festival

Fri January 20, 2023

DeKalb, IL- The DeKalb Park District is hosting its annual Polarpalooza Winter Festival on Saturday, February 4 from noon-3 pm, at Hopkins Park, located at 1403 Sycamore Road.

Although it’s been a mild winter, there will be festive fun for the entire family, snow or shine. This free family-oriented event includes outdoor activities such as ice skating, hayrides, bubble mania, a snowman scavenger hunt, 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 fires. Sweet Butts Cotton Candy will be at the festival, sharing free bags of their delicious spun sugar treats. Free Spirit Siberian Rescue will also be on-site with sled dog demonstrations and dog meet’n’greets with their rescued pups. 

From noon - 3:00 pm, there will be Open Skate at the Ice Rink, as well as Hockey Stick Broomball in the parking lot (no skates required) and equipment demonstrations from NIU Outdoor Adventures. 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. 

Indoors at Hopkins Community Center, there will be winter-themed crafts and activities, as well as toss games with Kishwaukee Special Recreation Association and a book walk with Basics DeKalb County. 

A handful of activities are weather and snow condition-dependent, so be sure to check our website for a full festival schedule, park map, and Ice Rink and Sled Hill rules, please visit or call (815) 758-6663.

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