Plymouth Ice Festival

When: 01/12/2018 - 01/14/2018
Where: Downtown Plymouth

2018 Plymouth Ice Festival - Ice_Fest_Dog_Close_UpThe Plymouth Ice Festival is a world-class event in beautiful downtown Plymouth that is exciting and fun for the whole family. The Plymouth Ice Festival has a long-standing history of being the largest, free ice festival in Michigan and remains dedicated to the art of ice carving.

2018 Plymouth Ice Festival Official Hours of Operation:
Friday, January 12th-
5:00pm to 10:00pm
Saturday, January 13th – 10:00am to 10:00pm
Sunday, January 14th – 10:00am to 6:00pm


Opening Ceremony and Ribbon Cutting – Friday, January 12th 7:00pm

Please join us as we officially open the 2018 Plymouth Ice Festival. City of Plymouth commission members, Plymouth Township Supervisor Kurt Heise and State Rep. Jeff Noble will be 2018 Plymouth Ice Festival - Ice_Tower_carvingin attendance to help cut the ribbon and kick off the 2018 Ice Festival celebrations.

Genisys Credit Union Collegiate Ice Carving Competitions
The 2018 Plymouth Ice Festival is proud to partner with local colleges and universities to bring you the Collegiate Ice Carving Competition in Kellogg Park.  Watch live carvings by talented college students as they compete to win first place in their sculpture category.  All judging is done by experienced and professional judges.

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.


DTE Energy Foundation Tubing Run
Plymouth Ice Festival will feature, for the first time ever, over 100 feet of pure tubing fun. Located on Ann Arbor trail between Main Street and Union, this family fun attraction is sure to be one of the most popular events at this year’s festival.

DTE Energy Foundation Tubing Run Hours:

Friday 6 to 9pm,

Saturday 11am to 6pm

Sunday 11am to 5pm.

Ice Fest Parties
As the sun goes down there are Ice Fest Parties in restaurants and bars throughout the Downtown. One of the big sponsors of the Ice Festival is EG Nick's on Forest Ave where they host a Party Lot presented by Miller Light, Sam Adams, Svedka Vodka, Gordon Food Service, Samuel Adams, Leinenkugel’s, and Coors Brewing Company.

For the biggest party in downtown Plymouth, head over to the EG 2018 Plymouth Ice Festival - Ice_Fest_Sky_Vodka_BarNicks 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 Svedka Vodka specialties!

Party Lot – Hours of operation:

Friday, January 12th – 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.
Saturday, January 13th – 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m.



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

Market hours:

Friday: 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Ally Financial Dueling Chainsaws Competition – Saturday, January 13 at 7:00 p.m.

2018 Plymouth Ice Festival - Ice_Carving_Competition(1)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.

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Ice Throne Presented By: Henry Ford Health System
Take a seat and feel like ice royalty on the Throne! A yearly tradition that draws in kings and queens of all ages.


2018 Plymouth Ice Festival - Awkward_Family_Photo_2The 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.

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.

Saturday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – weather permitting

Sunday 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. – weather Permitting


Escape Room Studios will be at the Plymouth Ice Festival with their vintage Airstream. Collect hidden messages, uncover cryptic clues, decipher puzzles to try and ESCAPE! Can you get out? Great for families, groups up to 6 and dates.

Must pre-book or BOOK ONLINE at

Friday: 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 5:30p.m., 7:00 p.m., 8:30 p.m., 10:00 p.m.
Saturday: 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:00, 8:30 p.m., 10:00 p.m.
Sunday: 1:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., 4:00 p.m., 5:30 p.m., 7:00 p.m.

Interactive Ice Sculptures

Get your picture taken with some of the most amazing ice 2018 Plymouth Ice Festival - Captain_Americacreations around! There are a number of opportunities to take a “selfie” with some remarkable and unique ice sculptures.

Community Financial Main Stage

The Community Financial 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 p.m. each evening and will burn for approximately 2 hours.

Plymouth Community United Way
Learn about all the things the Plymouth United Way dose for the community and warm up at there Hot Cocoa Bar by stopping by their office at 960 W. Ann Arbor Trail Suite 2 on Saturday January 13th

Blue Care Network of Michigan Cross Country Zone presented by Sun and Snow Sports
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 a.m. to 6 p.m. And Sunday 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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The Hot Spot Heated By Ehlers Heating & Air Conditioning
Warm up in style at the Hot Spot, heated by Ehlers Heating and Air Conditioning. 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 (most importantly) lots of heat! The Hot Spot is open during all of the official open hours of the Festival.

Meet and greet With Miss Michigan USA and Miss Michigan Teen USA.
2018 Plymouth Ice Festival - Miss_MichiganJoin Miss Michigan USA Elizabeth Johnson, a Plymouth resident and Miss Michigan Teen USA, Anane Loveday for a meet and greet on Saturday January 13th from 3 to 5pm. They will be hanging out in the Ehlers Hot Spot to take photos, talk with fans, and sign autographs.


 DFCU Financial Lights the Ice

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

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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-5pm, and Sunday January 14th from noon-5pm. We 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

Open from 12 noon to 5 pm

The Winter Artisan Market is organized by PARC-Plymouth Arts & Recreation Complex 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 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

FREE Hands on Art Project – MONO-PRINTING

By College for Creative Studies

Saturday January 13th and Sunday January 14th

1:00 p.m. -l 4:00 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

FREE Performances!

Saturday, January 13th and Sunday, January 14th

2:00pm and 4:00pm

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 2018 Plymouth Ice Festival - Ice_Fest_Dogcharacters 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.

FREE Dance Performances by Artistry Dance

Saturday, January 13th and Sunday, January 14th

3:15 pm – 3:45 pm

For a full list of activity’s happening at PARC during the Ice Festival visit

RunDTP Plymouth Ice Festival 3 Mile Family Walk/Run
Join us Saturday, January 13th at 8:00 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 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 for a complete restaurant listing.

Warm up at the Plymouth Library:

Friday 9:30 am – 6 pm
Saturday 9:30 am – 5 pm
Sunday 12 – 5 pm

Saturday January 13 @ 2 pm – Library
Musicial performance by Lee Murdock
Michigan and the Great Lakes Maritime Singer
Lee is a Folk Singer who specializes in storytelling in song

Sunday January 14 from 12 – 3 pm – Library
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.

Plymouth Historical Museum

Travel back in time through the Plymouth community’s example of the American Experience. Learn how the growth of American industry, the advent of the railroad and the invention of the automobile changed America’s small towns, especially Plymouth, Michigan!

Movie’s at the Penn Theater: 


Friday, January 12th at 7:00 p.m.

Saturday, January 13th at 4:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Sunday, January 14th at 4:15 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.

Paid parking is located in lots throughout the Downtown.

For more information go the Plymouth Ice Festival website at:

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

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Outstanding Festivals & Community Events!

Plymouth is known for outstanding festivals & community events. From the Plymouth Ice Festival to the second largest art fair in Michigan. Throughout the year there are many weekly activities, so you'll always find yourself back in Plymouth.


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