Baby, it’s cold outside! South Bend is an unassuming winter vacation destination. Temperatures dip below freezing and snow blankets the ground. The weather during this time of year isn’t a setback, though. Instead, it sets the stage for the most amazing things to do in South Bend in the winter! From outdoor recreation to the performing arts, there’s a winter activity for everyone. Enjoy cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, winter sports at the University of Notre Dame, and more.
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Your Complete Guide of Things to Do in South Bend in the Winter
Cross-Country Skiing & Snowshoeing
Who says you need mountains to practice winter sports? County parks in South Bend offer locals and visitors alike incredible opportunities for winter activities like cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and tubing!
St. Patrick’s County Park is the go-to ski area in South Bend! Enjoy daily skiing from Dec. 26, 2019 to Jan. 5, 2020. Guests can ski Wednesdays through Sundays from Jan. 8, 2020, to March 8, 2020. Or, take advantage of the park’s Skiing Under the Stars event! Each Friday in January and the first in February, St. Patrick’s County Park gives visitors the chance to practice their skills under the moonlight! Sweet treats and hot beverages will be provided.
Head to Ferrettie/Baugo Creek County Park for snowshoeing in South Bend! Take advantage of daily snowshoeing from Dec. 26, 2019 to Jan. 5, 2020. After Jan. 11, 2020, shoeshowing is available exclusively on the weekends. This is a great way to take in the snow-covered beauty of our area! Families or those looking for something a bit less intense can head to either of the above South Bend county parks for tubing this winter!
Winter Sports at the University of Notre Dame
Head to the University of Notre Dame to cheer on the Fighting Irish! Notre Dame winter sports include women’s basketball, men’s basketball, and hockey. Each of these teams plays from mid-fall through February. Catch a basketball game at the Purcell Pavilion or head to the on-campus Compton Family Ice Arena for hockey. Check out the Notre Dame Fighting Irish ticket center to see what winter sports are playing during your trip!
Shows at the Morris Performing Arts Center
Not a sports fan? No problem! Escape the cold when you catch a show at the Morris Performing Arts Center. This popular venue in downtown South Bend hosts a variety of shows from Broadway classics to stand-up comedy. Upcoming shows include Jersey Boys and The Lion King. A trip to the Morris Performing Arts Center is the perfect centerpiece for your romantic night out in South Bend!
Cozy Up at the Oliver Inn
No matter how you fill your days this winter in South Bend, spend the evenings with the Oliver Inn! Start each day of your stay at the Oliver Inn with a gourmet breakfast. Then, spend the day exploring things to do in South Bend in the winter before returning to your guest room.
Our comfortable accommodations feature luxury linens, gas fireplaces, and enchanting views of South Bend in the winter. Consider a stay in the Clem Studebaker Room! This large suite-style room features a king-size bed, clawfoot soaking tub, jetted spa shower, gas fireplace, and more.
Check our availability and start planning your winter trip to South Bend!