FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What safety measures are you following?


  • Masks are recommended when inside of Nauticus and the Battleship Wisconsin during the Below Deck Adventures.
  • No strollers are permitted aboard the Battleship Wisconsin. We recommend baby carriers, slings, etc. to safely maneuver through the event.
  • Please dress appropriately for the weather and walking aboard the Battleship Wisconsin.




What does my WinterFest ticket include?


WinterFest on the Wisconsin tickets include:

  • Access to the holiday lights trail (Over 650,000 lights along a one-way route aboard the Battleship), totaling six lights zones.
  • Access to below deck adventures, live entertainment *Sat./Sun* only.
  • Holiday drinks & food available for purchase.
  • Family photos available for purchase.
**Saturday’s Only – Lighted Boat Parade at 6 PM** Please view the website for the full schedule of events. Once you arrive on at your designated time, you are able to stay for the duration of the event.




What dates/time are you open?


WinterFest on the Wisconsin is open on the following days/times: Nov. 11 – 5 PM – 9 PM (Opening Night, Military Appreciation Night) Nov. 12 – 5 PM – 10 PM Nov. 13 – 5 PM – 10 PM Nov. 14 – 5 PM – 9 PM Nov. 17 – 5 PM – 9 PM Nov. 18 – 5 PM – 9 PM Nov. 19 – 5 PM – 10 PM Nov. 20 – 5 PM – 10 PM Nov. 21 – 5 PM – 9 PM Nov. 24 – 5 PM – 9 PM Nov. 25 – CLOSED Nov. 26 – 5 PM – 10 PM Nov. 27 – 5 PM – 10 PM Nov. 28 – 5 PM – 9 PM Dec. 1 – 5 PM – 9 PM Dec. 2 – 5 PM – 9 PM Dec. 3 – 5 PM – 10 PM Dec. 4 – 5 PM – 10 PM Dec. 5 – 5 PM – 9 PM Dec. 8 – 5 PM – 9 PM Dec. 9 – 5 PM – 9 PM Dec. 10 – 5 PM – 10 PM Dec. 11 – 5 PM – 10 PM Dec. 12 – 5 PM – 9 PM Dec. 15 – 5 PM – 9 PM Dec. 16 – 5 PM – 9 PM Dec. 17 – 5 PM – 10 PM Dec. 18 – 5 PM – 10 PM Dec. 19 – 5 PM – 9 PM Dec. 22 – 5 PM – 9 PM Dec. 23 – 5 PM – 9 PM Dec. 24 – 5 PM – 7:30 PM Dec. 25 CLOSED Dec. 26 – 5 PM – 9 PM Dec. 29 – 5 PM – 9 PM Dec. 30 – 5 PM – 9 PM Dec. 31 – 5 PM – 7:30 PM Jan. 1 – 5 PM – 10 PM Jan. 2 – 5 PM – 9 PM




What does the lighted sailboat parade on Saturdays ONLY entail?


During WinterFest on Saturday nights at 6pm (ending Dec. 18), join us on the Battleship Wisconsin as Nauticus’ Harbor 20 sailboats will be decorated in holiday lights and will sail in and out of the river next to the Wisconsin with holiday music. The parade will last approximately 20 minutes and the end of each parade will feature Santa. Tickets are not required to watch the parade, but we do suggest having a ticket to board the ship to get the best view. The sailboat parade is weather permitting and not guaranteed.




What are the prices of tickets?


General Admission

  • Wed-Thurs: $12.50 Adult (13+) /$10 Child (4-12)
  • Fri-Sun: $14.50 Adult (13+) /$12 Child (4-12)
Nauticus Member Discount
  • Wed-Thurs: $9.50 Adult (13+) /$7 Child (4-12)*
  • Fri-Sun: $12.50 Adult (13+) /$10 Child (4-12)*
*Available to current members only, interested in joining? Sign up today! Prices above are for online tickets only. Walk-up tickets incur an additional $5 fee per ticket, all nights All tickets sales and proceeds from WinterFest on the Wisconsin support the Nauticus Foundation.




Do I have to purchase my ticket online in advance?


We strongly recommend purchasing your timed tickets in advance online to guarantee your entry during your preferred time slot. A limited number of tickets are sold during each time slot. Advance purchase and timed ticketing will help to manage the crowd and expedite your entry to the event. Tickets will be available for purchase on-site at the front desk for an additional $5 per ticket (on all nights), but each time slot is limited in capacity. The best way to ensure tickets are available is to purchase online.




How do I purchase tickets? Where can I find my e-ticket with bar-code?


To purchase tickets online, simply choose your selected date and time on our calendar. Once purchased, you will receive two emails; the first email will confirm your purchase followed by a second email containing your e-ticket with a barcode. Simply display your e-ticket with bar-code on your phone to be scanned upon arrival. Tickets will be available for purchase at the front desk, but each time slot is limited in capacity. The best way to ensure tickets are available is to purchase online.




Do I have to arrive at the time on my ticket?


Yes, please arrive within 15 minutes of your scheduled ticket time. Re-entry to the event will not be allowed.




How long does the WinterFest experience take?


WinterFest is a 45 minute to one hour experience. Our goal is a provide a safe experience for all guests, and this recommended timeline is based on appropriate capacity limits and accommodates other guests who have booked their experience after yours. If you’re aboard the ship and would like to stay longer than the recommended time, that is allowed.




Can I reschedule or return my tickets?


Winterfest on the Wisconsin is a rain or shine event and will occur as scheduled. There are no refunds and tickets cannot be rescheduled. If there is a cancellation of the event due to severe weather conditions, participants will be contacted by Nauticus regarding refunds and reschedules. All proceeds to Winterfest on the Wisconsin directly support the Nauticus Foundation. Thank you for your support.




Where will this event be held? Can I use a stroller or wheelchair?


Most of this event will be on the main deck of the Battleship Wisconsin. These areas are wheelchair accessible. Due to limited space and some below deck areas, strollers are not allowed on the battleship during WinterFest. We recommend baby carriers. We will provide a stroller parking area on the second floor of Nauticus to be used at your own risk. There are parts of the experience that require ability to maneuver ship ladders to access the “Below Deck Adventures.”




Do you offer discounts?


Discounts are available for Nauticus members! Join TODAY!
Arriving with a party of 15 or more? Contact group reservations for a discount. Thanks to our generous sponsor, GEICO Military, the following discount is available: $1 off one adult or child ticket for Geico Insurance Policy Holders. (Discount applies to the policy holder only, discount can be redeemed in person at the Nauticus front desk by showing a valid insurance card).




What should I wear?


This is an outdoor event aboard a historic Battleship. Please dress accordingly for weather with flat shoes.




Will there be food and drink?


Yes! Food and drink will be located aboard the Battleship inside the historic wardroom. Snacks, assorted desserts, hot chocolate, cider, soft drinks and alcoholic beverages for 21+ will be available for purchase.




Where can I park?


Parking is available in city garages for the hourly fee posted at the garage. Parking onsite at Nauticus is not available.




Nauticus Membership - Discount Details


Nauticus Members Discount: To receive your Nauticus Member discount, members must click  "Sign In" in the upper right corner prior to placing tickets in your shopping cart. If you have not yet registered, click the "Register" link in the upper right corner and register with the SAME email address that you provided when becoming a member.  Once registered and signed in, the member discount will be applied up to 6 full price tickets and reflected in the total amount at checkout. Please call (757) 664-1005 with any questions. Interested in joining? Become a Member today!




What does WinterFest on the Wisconsin Proceeds Support?


Support for WinterFest on the Wisconsin directly benefits the Nauticus Foundation, a 501(c)3 nonprofit. Funding provides interpretation and restoration of the Battleship Wisconsin, and allows Nauticus to open new onboard spaces and experiential learning opportunities for students, families and visitors. Learn more here.




Additional Questions?


We are happy to answer any questions regarding WinterFest on the Wisconsin! Please contact the Nauticus Team.




November 11 to 14 – Military Appreciation Nights Details


Thanks to our presenting sponsor, GEICO Military, active-duty military and veteran service members are eligible to visit for free November 11-14, 2021. Free admission is restricted to one (1) ticket per service member while supplies last, advanced reservations online are required. Space is limited and tickets will SELL-OUT.

Upon entry, active-duty & veteran service members must show valid ID with their reserved e-ticket to the Nauticus Admissions desk. Failure to provide valid ID will require payment for the ticket to gain entry to event. Offer is valid November 11-14 only, discount only applies to service member, not spouse/dependents. 




Where can I view/purchase my WinterFest photos?


Guests may visit this page to view and/or purchase thier WinterFest on the Wisconsin professional photographs.