Four Winter Festivals You’ll Want to Check Out this Year

We’ve got several more months of winter on the way Up North, and sometimes it can be hard to get out and do something fun with all of the cold and snow. That’s why we’ve pulled together some great Winter festivals and events happening this year that will make this winter season even more enjoyable. 

The Brainerd Jaycees Ice Fishing Extravaganza, January 29, 2022

This self-proclaimed largest charitable ice fishing event in the world is the perfect excuse to get out of the house, get on the ice, and do your best to nab the biggest fish of them all. This event brings in $150,000 for local charitable donations and helps support local businesses every year!

Crosslake Winterfest, February 3-5

If someone in your group isn’t necessarily open to the idea of outdoor activities, Crosslake’s Winterfest might be the place for you! From a citywide scavenger hunt to live music and something called “Soupfest,” there is sure to bring joy to everyone in the family!

Northwoods Pond Hockey Classic, February 4-6, 2022

Nothing says Northern Minnesota quite like some pond hockey. This local hockey tournament has six different divisions, so there’s a spot for everyone. So start forming your team, grab your gear, and head to Pelican Lake to show off your slap shot. 

Gull Lake Frozen Fore Winter Weekend, February 25-27, 2022

The Frozen Fore Winter Weekend is hosted by Moonlite Bay Family Restaurant and Bar, a three-day celebration of winter fun for all ages. With pancakes on the ice, snow golf, and a cook-off competition, this event is sure to have something for everyone. Not to mention all of the proceeds go to support nonprofits that work to feed and educate children! 

However you decide to spend your time this winter, we hope you’ll refer your friends and family to Bill Hansen Realty for their Up North Property needs! 

Make the Most of Your Money by Moving Up North

Even if you’re not entirely up to date on the current Minnesota Housing market, you’ve probably heard about recent rising prices and bidding wars. While it’s true that property values have risen, taking advantage of the benefits of the housing market Up North can help you make the most of your money.

By looking at properties Up North, you’ll see an increase in square footage, acreage, and home quality. 

Square Footage

More space and bedrooms to share with your family, and for hosting guests for holidays and vacations.


Enjoy more space for recreation, hunting, or adding new structures to your property! 

Home Quality

Your budget in Northern Minnesota can mean you’ll be looking at newer updates to your home, premium quality materials. By buying properties at lower prices you could also use the money you saved to renovate your new home to your standards. 

Now is the time to start looking and preparing to shop for your dream property. By taking advantage of getting on board with us now, we can be sure to get the newest properties in front of you before the summer rush. Contact us today to start your search! 

5 Tips for Having the Best Cabin Christmas Yet

The snow is gathering in Northern Minnesota and causing everyone to really begin embracing the Christmas spirit. You might be getting together with people you weren’t able to last year, so as you’re gearing up to enjoy the holiday up North, we have some tips to help you have the best Christmas at the cabin yet! 

Read a Christmas Story around the Fireplace

Grab a hot chocolate and snuggle in as a family to enjoy some quality time while listening to a traditional Christmas story or children’s book. Even if you’re a household full of adults, a little Christmas nostalgia goes a long way. 

Bake some Christmas Goodies

Baking is one of the best ways to gather everyone in the cabin for some quality time while baking cookies, bread, or your favorite holiday treat. Not to mention you’ll get to enjoy some delicious treats once you’re done! 

Get some time in on the Ice

Whether you’re an ice skater, hockey player, or ice fisher, get outside and enjoy the crisp Northern Minnesota air and the beauty of Christmas on the lake. Playing together is a great way to build memories and Christmas Traditions.

Have a Gingerbread House Competition

Gather your supplies and give everyone the task of building a Gingerbread House. Whether in teams or individually, this is a great way to create some healthy competition. When you’re done, have everyone vote on their favorite and make sure to have a prize for the winner! 

Take a Family Photo or Video

Call everyone together and capture the Christmas holiday in a family photo or video! This is a great way to make the memories last. You can even display all your photos of Christmases past on the wall or sit down and watch your video together next year! 

However you decide to celebrate this Christmas, we hope you have a wonderful time with the people you love! Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! 

Looking for a property Up North to celebrate the Holidays? With offices in Longville, Hackensack, and Walker, we can assist you in finding the best properties in Northern Minnesota. Contact us today to get started!