Winter in Michigan may be cold, but there are plenty of ways to enjoy this winter wonderland like this assortment of cold-weather festivals that will have you celebrating the season rather than cursing the cold.
December 6-8, 2019
People of all ages will find their holiday cheer at Hastings’ annual three-day celebration that begins with a traditional manger lighting. The rest of the weekend features Santa’s Workshop, a Christmas Parade, the annual Santa Dash 5K run and rides on the Holly Trolly. Head to Hastings in mid Michigan for your dose of Christmas spirit.
December 14, 2019
Bay Harbor, MI
Bay Harbor is already a super cute setting, so you definitely won’t want to miss it when it’s cloaked in Christmas charm during Christkindlmarkt in the Village. The two-day event features performances of The Nutcracker Ballet at the Great Lakes Center for the Arts as well as a traditional European market. You’ll be delighted by artisans, live music, dancing, German fare and a beer tent at this wintertide event in northern Michigan.
January 10-12, 2020
This two-day annual event that focuses on turning ice into art takes place in downtown Plymouth, located just outside of Detroit, Michigan. On Saturday, January 11, the Plymouth Ice Fest hosts a Dueling Chainsaws Competition where ice carvers are given 15 minutes, one block of ice, and a chainsaw and are tasked with creating the most-creative ice carving.
January 18, 2020
Indian River, MI
Enjoy a northern Michigan winter day while listening to live music and sipping on hot chocolate at Indian River’s Winterfest. Enter the event by snowmobile (or car) and participate in fun activities like sledding, ice fishing, ice skating, poker, and cornhole.
January 22-27, 2020
Experience one of the top snow-sculpting events in North America taking place in the same town as the World’s Largest Christmas Store. Folks that find themselves at the 29th annual Zehnder’s Snowfest will enjoy a petting zoo, the National Collegiate Ice Carving Championship, and a fireworks display to end the yuletide festivities.
January 31-February 2, 2020
South Haven, MI
Favorites of this long-running winter festival on Michigan’s west coast are the cardboard sled race and the Frozen Fish Fling. Take a horse-drawn carriage to explore South Haven, while enjoying delicious chili, curling, ice skating, shopping and other local fare and festivities.
January 31-February 2, 2020
St. Joseph, MI
The snowy weekend kicks off with the Fire & Ice Tower, a breathtaking display of fire and ice. Admire all of the local ice sculptures in an exciting way by joining the SnowBiz Scavenger Hunt or participate in ice bowling to keep you warm during this chilly festival along Lake Michigan.
February 5-8, 2020
Michigan’s Upper Peninsula receives heaps of snow each winter, and this event seeks to celebrate it! Started in 1922, this iconic carnival features dozens of snow statues, broomball, comedy skits, sleigh rides, a queen coronation and other winter fun!
February 21, 2020 - Saturday, February 22, 2020
Comstock Park, Michigan
The Michigan Brewers Guild invites you to enjoy a wide selection of beers from over 100 Michigan breweries at its Winter Beer Festival. Enjoy music from local bands while appreciating ice sculptures and, of course, sipping on a cold one.