Celebrate Groundhog Day in Woodstock

Groundhog Day is just around the corner, and we’re eagerly awaiting the prognostication of Punxsutawney Phil on whether we’ll have six more weeks of winter (sees his shadow) or have an earlier spring (doesn’t see his shadow). Feel like celebrating and a trip to Pennsylvania is out of the question? Head to Woodstock in McHenry County where the town goes all out with a festival, “Groundhog Days,” remembering Woodstock as the location for the filming of the movie “Groundhog Day” with Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. Here are some family-friendly highlights of the festival:

If you go

Groundhog Days

Woodstock, IL

Jan. 29-Feb. 8

(815) 334-2620

Free movie showings

Self-guided walking tours of 14 locations from the film

Sunday is designated as Family Fun Day where everyone can see Woodstock Willie, play games, and make crafts.


Bean bag toss-in-the-snow

Knock down a few pins at the bowling alley from the movie

Woodstock Willie’s prediction at sunrise on Feb. 2 in the historic Woodstock Square

Even if you can’t make it to the festivities, just know that you can always visit Woodstock anytime of the year and take a walking tour. After all, “Every day is Groundhog Day in Woodstock, IL!”

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