Winter Festivals in Michigan in 2024

Jake Newby

| 4 min read

Woman captures a photograph of another woman during the Grand Rapids World of Winter festival.
Michigan’s cold, snowy (or sometimes both) climate can be unpleasant, but there’s no denying how beautiful our region is during the winter months. The many ice, snow, and winter festivals coming up perfectly encapsulate Michigan’s beauty, giving us must-see “winter wonderland” aesthetics every year.
If you’re itching to get out of the house and do something “wintery,” give these upcoming festivals a look.

World of Winter (Grand Rapids)

Date and place: Jan 12. through March 10, 2024, in downtown Grand Rapids.
Info: With almost 100 free events, you’ll be hard pressed to find a livelier winter festival. And perhaps the best part about World of Winter is it takes over downtown Grand Rapids for two full months. Enjoy activities, breathtaking outdoor art installations, live music and much more.

Tip Up Town USA (Houghton Lake)

Date and place: Jan. 20-21 & 27, 2024, at 1625 W. Houghton Lake Drive.
Information: Michigan’s largest and longest-running winter festival is revered statewide for its polar bear plunge, ice slide, snowmobile races, parade, and ice fishing contest. Learn more on the Houghton Lake Chamber’s website.

Zehnder’s Snowfest (Frankenmuth)

Date and place: Jan. 24-28, 2024, at 730 S. Main St.
Info: Zehnder’s celebrates 33 years of family-friendly winter fun with this larger-than-life snow sculptures and beautifully detailed ice carvings each year. There will be live entertainment in the warming tent, a fireworks display, petting zoo and children’s activities and multiple snow sculpting and ice carving competitions.

Grand Haven Winterfest (Grand Haven)

Date and place: Jan. 25-28, 2024, at Mulligan’s Hollow on Mulligan Drive.
Info: It’s winter fun for everyone at the Grand Haven Winterfest, anchored annually by its “world famous” cardboard sled race. There’s also a bonfire bash, ski and snowboard competitions, a family dog pull, “freeze 4 all” snow volleyball and much more.
A person smiles at a small child during the Grand Rapids World of Winter festival.
A person smiles at a small child during the Grand Rapids World of Winter festival. Photo credit: Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc.

Pure Ludington Brrrewfest (Ludington)

Date and place: Jan. 27, 2024, at Legacy Plaza on North James St.
Info: A sure-fire way to beat cabin fever is Ludington’s premier winter event, where breweries from all over the Mitten set up shop and offer patrons a taste of the state’s best and most unique beer, wine, cider, and mead flavors. The ninth annual event runs from 6-11 p.m. this year.
Pre-sale tickets are available for purchase online only. They are $340 per person, include seven drink tokens, and can be purchased at this link.

Ice Breaker Festival (South Haven)

Date and place: Feb. 2-4, 2024, at 500 Phoenix St.
Info: The 30th Ice Breaker Festival promises winter fun for the whole family, showcasing dazzling ice sculptures, a chili cook-off, cardboard sled racing, a pub slide, outdoor ice skating, a disc golf tournament, s’mores roasting, a snowsuit fashion competition and much more. 

Plymouth Ice Festival (Plymouth)

Date and place: Feb. 2-4, 2024.
Info: The Plymouth Ice Festival is a multi-day, family-friendly extravaganza featuring ice carving displays, ice festival bingo and everything beautiful downtown Plymouth and its merchants have to offer. Information about this year's event was not released at the time of this writing, but be sure to follow the Plymouth Ice Festival's official Facebook page for updates as they are announced.

Michigan Tech Winter Carnival (Houghton)

Date and place: Feb. 7-10, 2024, at 1400 Townsend Drive.
Info: Michigan Technological University’s Winter Carnival annually takes Houghton by (ice) storm. Celebrate the gargantuan amounts of snowfall Michigan’s Upper Peninsula receives each winter by playing games, checking out the huge student-made snow statues and ice sculptures, and much more.

Southern Michigan Winter Beer Festival (Jackson)

Date and place: March 9, 2024, at American 1 Credit Union Event Center.
Info: The 13th annual Southern Michigan Winter Beer Festival brings food trucks, games, fire pits and patio activities to revitalized downtown Jackson. The event will showcase over 150 craft beers, ciders, meads, and wines along with many food options. General admission tickets cost $40 in advance and come with 10 tasting tokens. Tickets purchased on the day of the event are $45. Learn more at

Honorable Mentions: Rochester Fire & Ice Festival and the Cold Rush in Warren

These long running events typically occur in January and February each year. Specific information about their 2024 events were not announced at the time of this writing. If you are interested in attending these events, follow the Rochester Fire & Ice Festival Facebook page and the Warren Parks and Recreation Facebook page, respectively, for new info as it is released.
Photo credit: Downtown Grand Rapids, Inc.
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