Ice sculptures are an incredible form of art. Whittling down a giant block of ice with massive chainsaws is a sight to behold, but it’s the final work that really makes the jaw drop and eyes pop. What better way to show off your icy, artistic skills than at a festival for all to see?
Given Michigan’s climate, Metro Detroit is a perfect place to host an ice festival and from January to February, you’ll have plenty of opportunities to see the most beautiful ice sculptures around!
Now in its 38th year, the Plymouth Ice Festival returns to downtown Plymouth on January 10-12. All throughout the city, you will find more than 100 ice sculptures, great food, live carving demonstrations, outdoor shopping, winter sports and more. The hours vary from day to day. Visit their website or Facebook page for more info.
West Bloomfield will be hosting a “Polar Party” at the Recreation Activities Center on January 25. In addition to ice sculptures, s’mores, crafts and games, there will be a couple of highlight moments, the least of which is a live animal show featuring Elsa the Lynx and Sven the Arctic Fox! If you haven’t quite mastered the art of ice sculpting, but feel confident in your snow-packing skills, there will be a snowman building contest, too!
The “Let’s Chill Winter Fest” in downtown Milan spans the downtown shopping area, Wilson Park and Edgetown and includes indoor & outdoor winter games, local artisans, and, of course, ice carving. People can also sign up for “big events” like a heated igloo dinner, The Big Freeze live music party and a Wine Walk.
Free and open to the public, the Mount Clemens Ice Carving Show features some truly awe-inspiring works of art. That’s not to mention the activities for the kids, like face painting, life-sized Candy Land, a car-less drive-in movie — complete with popcorn and hot chocolate.
Head to Berkley on Feb. 1 for their free WinterFest. You can enjoy an outdoor petting zoo, ice skating, cookie decorating, a soup cook-off, and beautiful, professionally made ice sculptures.
After taking a year off, the Aqua Freeze Festival in St. Clair Shores is back and better than ever. Stroll through a garden of ice sculptures or take part in the ice carving competition. There will also be fowling competitions, craft vendors, food and the crowd favorite Polar Plunge, where people take a dip into the freezing cold waters.