Great outdoor and indoor fun for the whole family! Featuring ice sculpting, a 5K run/walk, sledding, log sawing, and a chili fire cookout.
Schedule of events
Events at the Market Barn

Activities subject to change in the event of inclement weather.

Open Fire Chili

The Amana Firefighters serve chili, cider, coffee & hot chocolate starting at 11am until it’s gone. Proceeds go to benefit the Amana Fire Association!

Ice Sculpting

See Executive Chef Ron Hall from Mercy Iowa City create beautiful figures in ice! Sponsored by the Ox Yoke Inn, and Colony Inn Restaurant.

Log Sawing Competition
11am – 1pm
Teams of two can compete to see how fast they are using an old-fashioned cross-cut saw, or try it just for fun! Winners announced at 1:30pm. Sponsored by the Amana Forestry Department.

11am – 1pm

Compete to be the first to drive a nail into a cross-section of a log to be a winner in this fast-paced game. Sponsored by the Amana Furniture and Clock Shop.

The Great Amana Ham-Put
11am – 1pm
See how far you can fling a ham in this shot-put style event! Winners announced at 1:30pm after the Best Beard Competition. Sponsored by the Amana Meat Shop.

Porkchop SlapShot
11am – 1pm

Give it your best shot and sink a pork chop into the net. Sponsored by Mark Marz, DDS.

Wreath Toss
11am – 1pm

Ring a Christmas Wreath around a cone to win a prize! Winners announced at 1:30pm. Sponsored by Amana Heating & Cooling.

Eisbahn Ice Rink
11am – 4pm

Bring your own skates or slide on your shoes on the Amana Eisbahn Ice Rink between 11am and 4pm. Free.

Winter Bags at the Barn – 11am to 1pm
Stop out and play a little bags with your friends at the barn.

Best Beard Competition

Competitors are invited to show off their beards & compete for prizes. Categories are Fullest, Most Unique, and Best Overall. Sponsored by Zubers Homestead Hotel.

Beard Contest

One Shot Bag Toss
1:30 – 2pm

It’s time to bring out your good arm and show the world how well you can throw. Toss the bag and make it in the hole to win a beer (or root beer!) from Millstream Brewery. Participation is limited to one shot per person . Sponsored by Millstream Brewery.

throughout the Amana Colonies

Middle Amana Communal Kitchen
Cooking on the Communal Hearth -Enjoy breakfast the way it used to be at the Amana Communal Kitchen. Limited seating available; admission $10 per person. For reservations call the Amana Heritage Museum at 319-622-3567.

Amana Freezer 5k Run/Walk
Registration begins at 9am at the Appliance Center and the race starts at 10am at the Woolen Mill. Proceeds benefit the Kolonieweg Recreational Trail. More info @

Heritage Designs
10am – 4pm
Amana Quilting Demonstration. Watch Amana quilters create a beautiful heirloom using an original design from the communal era.

Serena's Coffee
11am – 5pm
Enjoy a glass of Glühwein – German mulled wine for sale.

Knitting & Spinning
10am to 4pm
Graham's Hand Carding & Spinning and free cookies & coffee at the Woolen Mill all day long.

Amana Heritage Museum
12 – 4pm
Free Museum Admission. Stop in to the Amana Heritage Museum to learn about Amana’s rich history.

Iowa Theatre Artists Company
11 – 4pm
Game Time in the lower level of ITAC– Games and music available for your enjoyment. Beverages available for purchase.

Ox Yoke Inn
11am – 4pm
Kids and “Big Kids” decorate your own Cookie. No charge!

Door Prizes at Amazing Grace Antiques & Gifts
Register all day for door prizes of handmade soap!

Millstream Brewery
Warm up at Millstream Brewery and enjoy roasting your own marshmallows around the bonfire.

Name that Coffee Flavor!
11am – 4pm
Stop in to Amana Coffee & Tea (located in the Amana General Store) and name the coffee flavor to win a prize!

Amana Church
noon – 3pm

Winterfest Crafts - tatting and bobbin lace demonstrations (east side). Hot beverages will be served, stop by warm up and visit with the our Amana Church craftspeople as they tat, make bobbin and hair pin lace.

Chocolate Haus
1:00 – 2:30pm
Kids can make their own hot chocolate mix to take home! This includes toppings like REAL Chocolate shavings and HOMEMADE marshmallows! $4.50 per person.

Make Your Own Snow Globe
1pm – 3pm
Come to the Amana General Store and make & take your own Snow Globe for just $4. All ages welcome!

Furniture Shop Tours
1pm & 3pm
See behind the scenes at the Amana Furniture & Clock Shop!

Hands Only CPR Class
1pm – 3pm

Held at the Iowa Artist Theater Company (ITAC) in Amana. Sponsored by Marengo Memorial Hospital and Amana QRS. No reservations needed. No charge. For more information contact Jason at 319-642-8020 or

Holiday Pretzel Making 101
Make & take your own edible holiday tradition at the Amana Meat Shop! Limited space available, reserve a spot in advance by calling the Meat Shop at 319-622-7586. $5 supply fee per person.

Winter Warmer- Upper Wine/Beer Walk ALL DAY
Sample wine and beer as you travel through Amana from winery to brewery

Amana Meat Shop
Ham-O-Rama. Join Opa Carl as he shows off great ham carving techniques & offers samples of his famous Ham & Bean soup.

Ox Yoke Inn
Enjoy beverage and food specials all day in the Bier Stube.

Lehm Books and Gifts

Sign up to win a beautiful Stained Glass window decoration to brighten your winter.

Enjoy a fabulous buffet and dancing with live music from Silver Wings (5-8pm)& Dogs on Skis (9pm-midnight) at the Iowa Theatre Artists Center (ITAC). Cost: $18 for the buffet and 2 bands or $10 without the buffet. Discount pre-sale tickets available for purchase by calling 319-622-3641 or visiting the Ronneburg Restaurant in Amana. Hosted by the Ronneburg Restaurant and the Amana Woolen Mill.

Pick up an entry form at one of these participating businesses, then complete 10 or more answers for a chance to win an Amana Colonies Gift Basket! Bring the completed forms to the Amana Meat Shop & Smokehouse and receive a free cookie! Carl Oehl, retired Amana Burgermeister, will draw the winner of the gift basket at 4:30 pm at the Meat Shop.

Amana Coffee and Tea
Little Red Wagon
Lehm Books & Gifts
Amana Woolen Mill
Amana Furniture and Clock Shop
AJ’s Copper Garden (Homestead)
Millstream Brewery
Amana Heritage Museum
Amana Meat Shop
Heritage Designs
Chocolate Haus
Ronneburg Restaurant
Schanz Furniture (South Amana)
Midwest Leather
White Cross Cellars
Ox Yoke Inn

A special thanks to our 2014 Winterfest sponsors!

Festivals in AmanaAmana ColoniesAmana ShopsAmana Insurance AgencyRockwellWhirlpool
USBankThe Colony InnOx Yoke InnAmana Furniture & Clock ShopAmana Meat Shop & SmokehouseMillstream Brewing Co.

Amana Heating and Cooling
Mark Marz, DDS
Zubers Homestead Hotel