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Winter Wonderland

Discover the Wonder – Get outside to see the pristine beauty of winter white snow on the trees, bluffs, and historic buildings of the St. Croix Valley. Winter is a time of peace, comfort, and a whole lot of fun! Use Stillwater as your home base for ski time at three different ski areas nearby or local cross country trails. Come into the warmth of shops filled with treasures. Grab a seat in one of our many restaurants and wine bars. Warm your soul with comfort food, winter wine or local brew, or gather in a coffee shop. Listen to local live music. Pamper yourself with a massage, facial, or pedicure at a serene spa or salon.

Create your perfect winter getaway week for you –  stay overnight in one of Stillwater’s stunning restored mansions, inns, or hotels.  Snuggle by a fireplace, read a good book, or soak in a whirlpool tub. The possibilities are endless! Get inspired to spend a winter weekend in Stillwater with this video…

Santa-300x280HOMETOWN FOR THE HOLIDAYS   -Experience a traditional old-time holiday downtown historic main street Stillwater the entire month of December. Stillwater sparkles with Hometown for the Holidays events including Twinkle Parade for the kids, Santa Sightings, Strolling Victorian Carolers, Free Victorian Wagonette Rides along the St. Croix River, Store Specials, Christmas Decorations, B&B tours, Special holiday dinners, teas, caroling Biercycle, and brunches …all to get you into the holiday spirit! Don’t miss out on this festive experience!

Let’s not let winter get us down…embrace it with FREE ice cream cones, a long-time Stillwater January tradition put on by the Washington County Historical Society. The bonfire will keep you warm. Bring your skates to enjoy the skating rink. All at Mulberry Point in Lowell Park on the St. Croix river.


Snuggle under warm blankets and take a horse-drawn carriage ride along the river on weekends during Valentine’s in February.  Pick up free tickets at any lodging facilities and most downtown shops.

For a complete list of winter events, view our live events calendar – NEW in 2017 Hockey Day MN and Ice Castles!

45 Degrees

229 S. Main St.
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Exceptional clothing, footwear, and gear for the outdoor enthusiast. Whether it’s a backyard adventure or beyond, we’ll help you get outside with quality goods and fantastic service. 45 Degrees rents kayaks, canoes, stand-up paddleboards, snowshoes and cross country skis.


Explore the natural beauty of the St. Croix Valley through cross country ski trails weaving through the forests, bluffs, and river ways of the area. Nearby ski areas include:
Brown’s Creek Nature Preserve & Trail
Pine Point Park/Gateway Bike Trail
Lake Elmo Park Reserve (lighted trails at night)
William O’Brien State Park
Afton State Park 

Some trails are a multiuse trail open to hikers, cross country skiers, and Nordic skiers.   Bring your own skis or rent from 45 Degrees downtown Stillwater. Ski & Stay in Stillwater!

Diro Outdoors


DIRO Outdoors provides local outdoor activities; gear rental & delivery; parties & company events; and educational & environmental stewardship opportunities within the Twin Cities and St. Croix River Valley. We encourage you to try a wide variety of activities in hopes these will help you “find your outer space”.


Let it snow!  Ski & Stay in a beautiful winter village just outside the Twin Cities.  Stillwater has 3 ski resorts nearby. Make us your lodging base and try out new slopes each day of your stay!

MN Ski Conditions Report


Afton Alps one of the Midwest’s Premier ski resorts just south of Stillwater 19 miles in Hastings, MN. Afton part of Vail Resorts which offers a Go Local and Go West season pass. Easy to get to from downtown Stillwater – follow Main Street south of town with turns into hwy 95 taking you straight to Afton!

Trollhaugen Outdoor Recreation Area
 is northeast of Stillwater 30 miles in Dresser, WI.  Trollhaugen features downhill skiing, snow-tubing, cross country skiing, and a terrain park. Head over the historic lift bridge from downtown Stillwater into WI.

Wild Mountain
 is just north of Stillwater  30 miles in Taylors Falls, MN. Downhill ski, snowboard, and terrain park in a family friendly resort. To get to Wild mountain, simply head north of out of downtown Stillwater on Hwy. 95.

Ice Fishing

St. Croix river fishing for experienced ice house experts and anglers. The St. Croix River is alive with Walleye, a variety of Bass, Crappies and more.

MN DNR St. Croix River Fishing Information


Ice Skating

1675 Market Drive
Stillwater, MN 55082 (view map)

Skate downtown in Lowell Park by the River (bring your own skates) or skate indoors at the St. Croix Recreation Center arena.

River City Sculpture Tour

Stillwater’s historic district downtown will feature a year-long outdoor exhibit of free public art as multiple art sculptures by Midwest artists will be on display as part of a multi-city tour in the the St. Croix and Mississippi River Valleys.  Stroll downtown to see what you can find, snap a photo and don’t forget to #DiscoverStillwater! Here is a Map of all 10 exhibits.

Snow Tubing

Thrill seekers and families unite! Race down the snowy hill on an inner tube – classic Minnesota fun! Nearby snow tubing hills with tow ropes and rentals:

Green Acres Recreation Area: 651.770.6060 Lake Elmo, MN
Eko Backen: 651.433.2422 Scandia, MN


Check out the Washington County snowmobile club website for maps and trail ideas:


Minnesota winters are more enjoyable if you get into the white nature! Try snowshoeing through the woods on trails in Stillwater’s bluff country. Bring your own or rent from 45 Degrees downtown Stillwater: 651.430.3609 or William O’Brien State Park or hire an expert to lead your group: Wahoo Adventures 651.280.7299

Lake Elmo Park Reserve – snowshoe lessons and rentals hosted by a naturalist during winter at their Nordic Center. 
William O’Brien State Park  – snowshoeing on Riverside Trail. 
Afton State Park – Park maintains 4 miles of snowshoe trail 
Willow River State Park – multi-use trails welcome snowshoes.

Wahoo Adventures

Wahoo! Adventures offers guided 90 minute kayaking tours every Tuesday morning at 8:30am.  Make reservations by calling the Stillwater Trolley at 651.430.0352 – they will provide a 5 minute trolley ride to meet your guide.  You can also book your own private kayak or bicycle tour for 2 – 20 people by calling us directly.  Enjoy the best the St. Croix Valley has to offer on the river or on the local bicycle trails.  In the winter we can get you to a local state or county park for a snowshoe adventure.  We provide all the gear, maps, guidance, and inspiration you may need!  No experience necessary.

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