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Top 5 Reasons why Bayfield's Holiday Season is SO enchanting that you'll think you've woken up in a Norman Rockwell painting...

1 - Herring Season - Fresh fish straight from our local Superior waters, caught by Bayfield fisherman. Need we say more? Herring season starts in early November and runs until they spawn, generally early December. Get yours at the Friday Fish Fry at either Maggie's and The Bayfield Inn. Or pick up your own at Bodin Fisheries (right next to Reiten Boat Yard) and dine in.

2 - Lake Effect Snow
- As cold air, generally from the northwest, moves across the lake, the lower layer of air is heated by the warmer water, picks up moisture, and rises through the colder air above. When the air mass hits land, it can snow several inches an hour. This snow machine is often at work in December before there is much ice on the big lake and produces mesmerizing "snow globe" snow. 

3 - The Children's Play - The annual holiday children's play at Stage North is a local favorite. This year Director Leisl Settgas has selected the playful Childe Rowland for her 40-member young cast. Performances December 5-15, tickets $8-$20. Pair with dinner at Good Thyme or Da Lou's for an absolutely charming evening.

4 - Santa Arrives by Ferry - No sleigh needed in this water town - the Clauses arrive by boat! Greet the ferry and make sure you're on the nice list! Bayfield Lakeside Pavilion, Saturday, December 14, 11:30-1. While you're at it, take a ferry ride yourself out to Madeline Island yourself for some quiet island time!

5 - Opportunities to Play - Small town charm, serious recreational amenities. Check out the fat tire biking, nordic, and alpine options at Mt. Ashwabay and Mt. Valhalla and then warm up in the sauna and hot tub at the Bayfield Rec Center
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Copper Falls State Park

Copper Falls State Park is quite the unique park, ancient lava flows created the gorges that make up these falls. The falls are considered to be one of Wisconsin's most scenic parks. Make sure that you stop by.
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Madeline Island Museum

Madeline Island has a great history and because of this history, a museum was able to be created by combining four historic log structures end to end.
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Big Bay State Park

Big Bay State Park is a beautiful state park on Madeline Island. The park's shoreline is 1.5 miles of beach the park is also a camping area, a great place to picnic, and hike.
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