By Molly Snyder Senior Writer Published Nov 30, 2020 at 2:01 PM

Milwaukee Recreation will host the second annual Winter Wonder Woods event at Hawthorn Glen, 1130 N. 60th St., on Dec. 11-12 and Dec. 18-19 from 5 to 8:30 p.m.

The event includes a winter-themed, 1/4-mile hike and light display with over 25,000 lights. In addition to the lights, the trail will feature various holiday and nature-themed displays that highlight winter holidays celebrated throughout December. The trail will also include a selfie station, hiking Santa, educational facts and more. 

This year, due to COVID-19, participants will need to pre-register for a 30-minute session in order to take the tour. Additionally, face coverings are required to be worn by guests and physical distancing measures will be in place. Please note, parking is extremely limited at Hawthorn Glen and parking on 60th St. will not be permitted. 

New this year, small groups are invited to rent the Holly House at Winter Wonder Woods. The Holly House is a private house for groups of up to five to rent and enjoy a private fire after walking the trails at Winter Wonder Woods. Rental will include a tasty treat, hot chocolate or cider, as well as optional games for the small groups to enjoy. Cost is $5 per 30-minute session.

The event costs $3 per person and children ages 2 and under are free. Pre-register online at or call (414) 467-6050 for more information. 


Molly Snyder started writing and publishing her work at the age 10, when her community newspaper printed her poem, "The Unicorn.” Since then, she's expanded beyond the subject of mythical creatures and written in many different mediums but, nearest and dearest to her heart, thousands of articles for OnMilwaukee.

Molly is a regular contributor to FOX6 News and numerous radio stations as well as the co-host of "Dandelions: A Podcast For Women.” She's received five Milwaukee Press Club Awards, served as the Pfister Narrator and is the Wisconsin State Fair’s Celebrity Cream Puff Eating Champion of 2019.