6 Tips for Making the Most of Winterfest

Escape To Buckeye Lake | Jan 04, 2023

It’s a new year and there are tons of fun events and festivities in store at Buckeye Lake!  Starting off with a bang is Winterfest, one of the biggest events at Buckeye Lake, held by the Buckeye Lake Region Chamber of Commerce.  Check out this list of things to know to make your Winterfest experience the best one possible!

1. Book Your Stay ASAP
Winterfest activities start early and end late, plus, it’s a two-day event including the Polar Plunge!  Don’t miss out on all the fun and make sure you’ve got your lodging stay in order. Take advantage of the myriad of unique short-term rentals at the lake before they’re booked out!  

2. Study the Specials
Of course, local businesses help create all the fun!  Check out what restaurant specials, live music, and more are going on during Winterfest weekend to get all the best deals on the lake. 

3. Meet Benny the Bass
Join “Benny the Bass” at 6:30AM at the North Shore ramp to see if he “takes the bait” and predicts an early spring or refuses, which means 6 more weeks of winter. Benny will move to the Buckeye Lake Brewery after the pre-dawn fireworks show so you can see him all day! 

benny the bass


4. Buy Your Wristband
Don’t fret over who’s driving – plan your trip ahead of time and make sure to grab your Winterfest transportation wristbands with the Ohio Party Bus or the Barr Hopper!

5. Brave the Polar Plunge
What better way to wash away the last year than by jumping into freezing cold waters?  Take a dive into Buckeye Lake with the 9th annual Polar Plunge!  All proceeds benefit United Way’s local programs. 

polar plunge


6. Have Fun!
Winterfest not only benefits local businesses around the lake during the off-season, but helps bring the community together in a unique way!  Don’t miss out on all the food, friends, and fun this year.

Bonus Tip: Check back for updates on our Winterfest Specials page as well as follow the map of participating businesses on our app.  Follow us on Facebook & Instagram and subscribe to our monthly newsletter for updates on events, restaurants, and more happening at Buckeye Lake for Winterfest and all year long!