2018 Plymouth Ice Festival

By | December 24, 2017

The Plymouth Ice Festival is a world-class event in beautiful downtown Plymouth that is exciting and fun for the whole family.

Friday, January 12th – 5 pm to 10 pm
Saturday, January 13th – 10 am to 10 pm
Sunday, January 14th – 10 am to 6 pm

Sculptures are available for viewing 24 hours a day and will remain standing after the event – weather permitting.

The full schedule of events can be viewed by clicking here.  We have highlighted a few for your information.


Collegiate Ice Carving Competitions
Watch live carvings by talented college students as they compete to win first place in their sculpture category.

Saturday, January 13th College Individual Carving Competition – 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Awards at 1 p.m.
Sunday, January 14th College Team Carving Competition – 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Awards at 1 p.m.

Winter Wonderland Michigan Market
Come check out Penniman Ave. for the Winter Wonderland Michigan Market. The market will feature vendors with products and food from around the Mitten State.  Market hours:

Friday: 5 pm to 8 pm
Saturday: 11 am to 7 pm
Sunday: 11 am to 500 pm

The Plymouth Ice Festivals Ice Playground
Bring the kids for countless photo opportunities at the all-new attraction at the Plymouth Ice Festival. The Ice Playground  is packed full of interactive ice carvings. This is simply a “must see” at this years festival.

Dueling Chainsaws Competition – Saturday, January 13 th 7 pm
Back by popular demand !!! The Ally Financial Dueling Chainsaws Competition. In this great competition ice carvers are given 15 minutes, one block, and their chainsaws to create some of the most amazing ice carvings in the festival.

Family Petting Zoo
Located next to the Ice Playground, our friends at Carousel Acres will be offering a hands on experience with horses, donkeys, goats. sheep, alpaca and even a baby calf . This activity is great for kids or those that are young at heart.  This event will be weather dependent.

Saturday 11 am to 5 pm
Sunday 11 am to 5 pm

Main Stage
The Main Stage features live entertainment, awards ceremonies, presentations and music throughout the weekend of the festival.

Fire and Ice
See two basic elements of our world light up the night sky in downtown Plymouth!  Fire and ice are combined to create a dazzling display on Friday, January 12th and Saturday, January 13 th that is sure to wow!  Towers are lit at approximately 7:30 pm each evening and will burn for approximately 2 hours.

Cross Country Ski Zone
Bring the family down to Kellogg Park for the opportunity to try cross-country skiing!  Seasoned professionals will demonstrate and explain the gear and theory of cross-country skiing – and then give the kids chance to try it for themselves!  This feature is open Saturday 10 am to 6 pm and Sunday 10 am to 6 pm

The Hot Spot
Warm up in style at the Hot Spot. Located under The Gathering directly across from Kellogg Park. The Hot Spot features local vendors, businesses, product demonstrations, a sitting area to take a load off your feet and  lots of heat! The Hot Spot is open during all of the official open hours of the Festival.

Light the Ice
The Plymouth Ice Festivals Ice Garden becomes even more magical at night, as the ice carvings glow with color. Join the Plymouth Ice Festival, each night as they Light The Ice. We will flip the switch during the opening ceremony on January 12th at 7 pm

PARC Warming Station, Winter Artisans Market and FREE Family Activities
Feelin’ Frozen? Find your way out of the cold and into PARC – The Plymouth Arts and Recreation Complex, located at the corner of Church and Main. The PARC warming station will be open Saturday January 13th from noon – 5 pm, and Sunday January 14th from noon – 5 pm. They will be serving FREE hot chocolate, coffee, and snacks. Also taking place at PARC is a Winter Artisans Market and other FREE family activities listed below.

Winter Artisans Market
Saturday, January 13th and Sunday, January 14th – noon to 5 pm

The Winter Artisan Market is organized by PARC to celebrate local culture, food, fashion and art during the winter months. The market will be showcasing business such as: Susan’s Tart Shop, Beauty Haven (cosmetics), Jala – Pesto, Simple Threads (DTP logo wear), Goose Neck Coffee Co. and more.

FREE Performance by Weston Welch – Violinist
Saturday January 13th – 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm

FREE Hands on Art Project 
Saturday January 13th and Sunday January 14th – 1 – 4 p.m.

Saturday, January 13th and Sunday, January 14th – 1:30 pm and 3:30 pm

Warm up from the Ice Fest with a FREE improvisational comedy show for children and all ages.

Mozart’s “THE MAGIC FLUTE” by Main Street Opera Theatre
Saturday, January 13th and Sunday, January 14th – 2 pm and 4 pm

The Magic Flute is an enchanting introduction to the genius of Mozart. This space-age adaptation tells the story of the noble Prince Tamino, the heroic Princess Pamina, the birdman Papageno, the evil Queen of the Night and her assistant, Three –headed Lady. The Magic Flute’s beautiful melodies and comical characters delight youngsters, while thematic points concerning facing challenges, and learning to forgive generate thoughtful discussion. This production is just under and hour, sung in English, and perfect for the whole family.

For a full list of activity’s happening at PARC during the Ice Festival visit https://www.plymouthparc.com

RunDTP Plymouth Ice Festival 3 Mile Family Walk/Run
Join us Saturday, January 13th at 9:00 AM for the RunDTP Plymouth Ice Festival 3 Mile Family Walk/Run in Downtown Plymouth’s Kellogg Park! We gather in Kellogg Park kitty-corner from Panera. The 3 mile route starts and finishes in Kellogg Park. 4,5,6 and 7 mile routes are available for those wanting to do more. See route map at RunDTP.com. Kids, baby joggers, and dogs on a leash – all are welcome. No registration required and the event is FREE. RunDTP is a Plymouth community walking/running group and proud to be a part of the Plymouth Ice Festival!

Amazing Wintertime Festival Food
One of the best things about being out in the winter is that you work up a great appetite!   Enjoy festival favorites like elephant ears, popcorn, roasted almonds and hot chocolate. All food sales on-site can be enjoyed in the warmth of the Warming Station tables and chairs are provided all weekend long! Looking for a meal indoors?  There are so many wonderful options within downtown Plymouth – from fine dining to a quick bite, candy, cookies and ice cream!  Check out www.downtownplymouth.org for a complete restaurant listing.

Warm up at the Plymouth Library
Saturday January 13 @ 2 pm – Musicial performance by Lee Murdock
a Michigan and the Great Lakes Maritime Singer. Lee is a Folk Singer who specializes in storytelling in song. www.leemurdock.com

Sunday January 14 from 12 – 3 pm – Ice Festival Maker Fun
Come in and warm up while visiting the Plymouth Ice Festival. We’ll supply the hot cocoa, coffee, and maker activities for children ages 5-12 with their families.

Party Lot at EG Nicks on Forest Ave.
For the biggest party in town, head over to the EG Nicks Party Lot for cold beer, drink specials, and live music. The Party Lot has become the place to be for the evening crowd – and there is always a good time to be had! Or hang out on the front patio to catch some heat, see an awesome ice bar and enjoy some  specialties!

Friday, January 12th – 7 pm to 12 am
Saturday, January 13th – 7 pm to 12 am