Discover Your True North in Southwest Minnesota on the Prairie.

In the winter, experience the beautiful snow-lined trees and trails, but be sure to bundle up! Marshall is your destination for winter activities without spending too much. With community favorite annual winter events and nature to explore, you’ll cultivate the best winter experiences.

Brau Brothers Golf Simulator

If you’re a golfer and you want your winter fix of golf, stop by Brau Brothers Taproom to try out their golf simulator! With top-notch technology, you can visit some of the top golf courses around the world and compete right inside the brewery. Be sure to bring your own clubs and don’t forget to order a delicious dinner with your golf reservation!

Christmas Tree Walk

The Lyon County Museum holds an annual competition for those who are wanting to raise money for their organizations. The museum is filled with beautifully decorated Christmas trees throughout the month of December, and those who want to walk through and see what community members have put together can vote for their favorite trees. Check out the museum hours to plan a time to check it out!

Hockey & Ice Skating

Minnesota is the state of hockey, and Marshall is the central hub for area hockey players. With Red Baron Arena and the newly built “Our Ice” rink located outside, there are opportunities for you and your family to get on the ice and have some fun. Whether you’re playing a game of pick up hockey at the outdoor rink or joining open skate at Red Baron Arena, you’ll be sure to have a blast with your friends and family.

Light Up the Night

Marshall isn’t quite the North Pole, but during weekends in December, Independence Park comes pretty close. Bring your friends and family to walk or ride through the park and look at thousands of lights hung all around. With different theme nights each weekend, there are activities to participate in, too! Don’t miss the kick-off parade through downtown in November. Whether you prefer a carriage ride past the live nativity scene or a stroll hand in hand over the bridge of the pond, you’ll feel like you’ve entered your own winter wonderland.

Marshall YMCA

The Marshall YMCA has guest passes available for access to the entire facility, including the wellness center, weight room, group exercise classes, indoor walking track, and even the aquatic center! Guests are able to use the facility, leave, then come back the same day at no additional charge. Be sure to check out the aquatic center with the kids and have fun in the pool with a water slide and fountains, all indoors!

Daily Pass Rates:

  • Youth (Ages 4 and under): Free
  • Youth (Ages 5-18): $7.00
  • Adults (Ages 19+): $15.00
  • Family Pass: $22.00

Sledding Hills

What better way to enjoy winter than with a sled and some friends? Bundle up and grab your favorite sled, because Marshall has a few good sledding hills for you to enjoy. You’ll find good sledding hills at Independence Park, Freedom Park or even in Garvin County Park. Don’t forget to check out Camden State Park for some great hills, as well!

Winter Snowshoeing


A great way to experience nature in the winter is to strap on some snow shoes and head out to some snow covered trails. Snowshoeing is encouraged at Camden State Park or you can choose to stay in town and visit the ADM & SMSU Environmental Learning Area. Be sure to bundle up before you head out on the trails. Don’t have your own snowshoes? The Camden State Park office has some available to rent.

SMSU Trail  |  Camden State Park 


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