“Sleigh bells ring. Are ya listening?
In the lane, snow is glistening.”
(“Winter Wonderland,” lyrics by Perry Como, 1946; music by Dick Smith and Felix Bernard, 1934)
Winter is sleigh ride season, all over Wisconsin. Badger State residents and travelers alike bundle up for scenic sojourns through the snow in horse-drawn sleighs.
What better way might there be to travel the trails in wintertime in Wisconsin than by sleigh? Here are 40 wonderful winter sleigh rides in Wisconsin. Some sleigh ride services offer horse-drawn sleighs, while others employ tractors or wagons.
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Amherst, Wisconsin – Wild West Kampground & Korral
Draft horses pull wooden sleighs through winter woods and snowy fields at Wild West Kampground & Korral. This sleigh ride service can handle groups of up to 10 people at a time.
Antigo, Wisconsin – Brandt’s Sleigh & Wagon Rides
Winter sleigh rides at Brandt’s Sleigh & Wagon Rides take guests on two-hour tours of picturesque woodsy surroundings. Pulled by Belgian and Percheron Draft Horses, the rides usually include campfire stops.
Arena, Wisconsin – Anding Suffolks
Anding Suffolks offers winter sleigh rides (as well as seasonal hayrides), featuring Suffolk horses. This sleigh ride purveyor presents sleigh rides at their own farm or customer locations.
Ashland, Wisconsin – Northwoods Sleigh & Carriage
Northwoods Sleigh & Carriage runs woodsy horse-drawn sleigh rides through Wisconsin’s scenic Chequamon Forest. Winter sleigh rides accommodate four to six passengers.
Birchwood, Wisconsin – Twin Lakes Trails
Sleigh ride fans at Twin Lakes Trails may choose from horse- or tractor-drawn options, featuring sleigh bells and scenic winter sojourns for four to eight passengers.
Brantwood, Wisconsin – Palmquist Farm
1-800-519-2558 – toll-free
At Palmquist Farm, sleigh riders nestle in fresh hay, as teams of Belgian Draft Horses carry sleighs through fields, forest and a deer farm.
Cadott, Wisconsin – Cabin Ridge Rides
Cabin Ridge Rides offers sleigh rides, carriage rides and stagecoach rides for groups ranging from two to ten or more.
Chetek, Wisconsin -Swiss Shire Farm
Swiss Shire Farm employs Shire Draft Horses to pull a three-person cutter sled or a large 15-passenger wooden sleigh for snowy tours.
Chili, Wisconsin – Stichert Farms
Picturesque wooded scenes appeal to sleigh ride enthusiasts at Stichert Farms, where Belgian Draft Horses pull two-person cutters and 20-person sleds along forest paths.
Delavan, Wisconsin – Fantasy Hills Ranch
Winter sleigh rides at Fantasy Hills Ranch glide through snowy meadows, including a cozy outdoor bonfire and perhaps a visit from Saint Nicholas in the holiday season.
Eleva, Wisconsin – Lowe’s Creek Tree Farm
1-888-878-4166 – toll-free
Sleigh riders can pick out their own natural pine Christmas trees at Lowe’s Creek Tree Farm. Horse-drawn sleighs take visitors out on snowy paths to cut trees.
Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin – Mustang Manor Riding Stables
Snowy seasonal sleigh rides carry up to 50 passengers at a time in three sleighs at Mustang Manor Riding Stable. Buggy rides and bonfires are also available.
Fredonia, Wisconsin – Arbor Winds Farm
Belgian Draft Horses pull a sturdy sleigh through the snow at the historic Arbor Winds Farm. Visitors may also view a variety of farm animals on-site.
Friendship, Wisconsin – Quad D Ranch
At Quad D Ranch, guests tour scenic woodsy trails near Castle Rock Lake in a full-sized bobsled, pulled by a team of draft horses.
Grafton, Wisconsin – The Family Farm
Snowy prairie scenes are highlights of horse-drawn sleigh rides at The Family Farm. Belgian Draft Horses pull sleighs for groups of ten or more.
Greenleaf, Wisconsin – Rock K Ranch
Rock K Ranch presents horse-drawn winter sleigh rides for adults, school field trips, holiday gatherings and more. Giant Percheron Draft Horses pull sleighs and handicapped-accessible wagons.
Highland, Wisconsin – A to Z Percherons
At A to Z Percherons, visitors may enjoy lit evening rides, scenic daytime tours or even Christmas tree patch trips in horse-drawn winter sleighs.
Kewauskum, Wisconsin – Kettle Moraine Carriages
Kettle Moraine Carriages (previously Schmidt Acres, inc.), is a family-owned business, offering winter sleigh rides (with Belgian Draft Horses) in the lovely Kettle Moraine Forest.
Kohler, Wisconsin – Bulitz Carriage & Sleigh Rides
Bulitz Pumpkin Farm has horse-drawn sleigh rides and enclosed carriage rides in the winter months. Guests tour the scenic grounds of Kohler’s American Club Resort.
LaCrosse, Wisconsin – Sunset Riding Stables
Budweiser fans, take note. Sunset Riding Stables offers horse-drawn sleigh rides with Clydesdale Draft Horses. Day and evening tours travel through picturesque wooded terrain.
Lake Geneva, Wisconsin – Dan Patch Stables
Located on the grounds of the Grand Geneva Resort and Spa, Dan Patch Stables presents horse-drawn sleigh rides for groups of various sizes. An over-sized sleigh accommodates larger winter groups.
Lodi, Wisconsin – Treinen Farm
Belgian Drafts Horses beckon visitors for winter sleigh rides at Treinen Farm. Sleigh rides may include bonfires as well.
Mauston, Wisconsin – Red Ridge Ranch
1-888-847-2272 – toll-free
Giant draft horses pull wooden sleighs in winter through 250 acres of woodsy hills and farm fields at Red Ridge Ranch.
McFarland, Wisconsin – Rocking L Acres Sleighrides
Open bob sleigh rides, pulled by a pair of light driving horses, take Rocking L Acres Sleighrides guests through fields, woods and scenic trails. After sleigh rides, visitors may listen to the driver’s horsey tales from the past.
Mosinee, Wisconsin – Fox Run Equestrian Center
Fox Run Equestrian Center winter sleigh rides trace scenic wooded trails and may include sights of exotic animals at home base.
Merrell, Wisconsin – Dorn’s Country Hay & Sleigh Rides
From weddings to winter family gatherings, Dorn’s Country Hay & Sleigh Rides hitches up draft horses for scenic trail tours.
Neenah, Wisconsin – Cavanaugh’s Carriages
From romantic wintry sleigh rides for two to festive snowy tours for larger groups, Cavanaugh’s Carriages hitches up horses all winter long. Standardbred Trotters pull cutters (smaller sleighs), while Percheron Draft Horses carry sturdier sleighs, including the Santa-style variety (for 12-14 passengers) and the Bobsled (for 20 or more).
New London, Wisconsin – Royal Dome Percheron Farm
Percheron Draft Horses pull sleds for groups ranging from two to 75 passengers. Bonfires may be included.
Niagara, Wisconsin – Bjorkman Horse Outings at Rocky Top Ranch
1-888-467-7367 – toll-free
Horse-drawn sleigh rides (in both two-seater cutters and large wooden sleighs) with Bjorkman Horse Outings at Rocky Top Ranch fill the senses with frosty sights, jingling bells and roaring bonfire fun.
Pickett, Wisconsin – Special Needs Ranch for Children and Animals
Special Needs Ranch offers horse-drawn winter sleigh rides with Belgian Draft Horses. Large sleighs accommodates up to 14 passengers.
Plymouth, Wisconsin – Keyes’ Gentle Giants
Keyes’ Gentle Giants offer sleigh rides in winter for large groups, as well as horse-drawn carriage rides.
Princeton, Wisconsin – Mecan River Outfitters & Lodge
Teams of Belgian Draft Horses pull winter sleighs accommodating up to ten adults at Mecan River Outfitters & Lodge.
Ringle, Wisconsin – Happy Trails Hay & Sleighrides
Seasonal sleigh rides at Happy Trails Hay & Sleighrides offer scenic routes through fragrant pine forests, with sleighs pulled by Belgian Draft Horses.
Ringle, Wisconsin – Starwood Rides
Starwood Rides features daylight and candlelit sleigh rides, led by Belgian and Percheron Draft Horses. This sleigh ride service can handle groups up to 45 at a time. A four-person Russian sleigh, reminiscent of the one from the classic Dr. Zhivago film, is also available.
Ripon, Wisconsin – Cedar Ridge Ranch
Cedar Ridge Ranch offers winter sleigh rides on snowy farm trails in a 25-passenger horse-drawn bobsled. This farm also offers chuckwagon meals and carriage rides.
Sparta, Wisconsin – Red Rock Trails LLC
Based at Justin Trails Bed & Breakfast Resort, Red Rock Trails presents three-mile horse-drawn bobsled rides to a rustic Castle on the Rock for winter treats. The bobsled at Red Rock Trails accommodates two to ten passengers at a time.
Springbrook, Wisconsin – Appa-Lolly Ranch Riding Stables
Appa-Lolly Ranch Riding Stables runs sleigh rides in winter, which may include bonfires and barn dances.
Sturtevant, Wisconsin – Apple Holler Restaurant & Playhouse
Winter sleigh rides at Apple Holler, led by Amish Haflinger Horses, run through 70 acres of orchards and forests. Hot cider and cocoa usually follows.
Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin – Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort
1-800-867-9453 – toll-free
Winter scenes look lovely from horse-drawn sleighs at Wilderness Hotel & Golf Resort. The full-service venue also includes a large-scale indoor water park for winter family fun.
Withee, Wisconsin – Doberman’s Express
Doberman’s Express features horse-drawn sleigh rides in winter, with Percheron Draft Horses pulling sleighs through the Chequamon-Nicolet National Forest.
Sleigh riding fans are encouraged to telephone individual sleigh ride services ahead of time to check pricing, times, availability and the possible need for advance reservations.