You probably won’t be surprised to find out that Plymouth’s charming downtown area is no less lovely in the winter. In fact, you’ll get the perfect chance to enjoy it at one of the town’s most beloved events.
The Plymouth Ice Festival will be held Jan. 8-10, 2016 in downtown Plymouth, where you’ll find tons of ice sculptures, an ice playground (yes, you read that right!), dueling chainsaws and ice carving competitions, a family walk/run and more.
The free, 34th annual event kicks off with an opening ceremony and ribbon cutting at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 8 as city leaders officially begin the festival. Families are invited to check out the ice sculptures, enjoy live entertainment and watch the night sky light up with a “fire and ice” display. A winter clothing drive for Plymouth Community United Way will be held throughout the event.
New to the festival this year is an ice playground. Presented by Kroger, the icy playscape will be full of interactive ice carvings and give kids a chance to play – plus plenty of super cool photo opportunities that moms and dads will love.
Kids and grown-ups can also consider taking part in the three-mile Family Walk/Run starting at 8 a.m. Jan. 9 at Kellogg Park. Find full details here.
If the chill becomes too much – or you’d just like a break with a yummy treat – stop by the concessions for “wintertime festival food” like hot chocolate, roasted almonds and elephant ears and take a load off at one of several warming station tables offered all weekend. You can also warm up the Plymouth Library.
Or, take a break from the cold by stopping in for a movie at the Penn Theatre. For the adults, there’s a Party Lot at EG Nicks in the evenings where you’ll find drinks and live music.
The fun doesn’t end there. Metro Parent will have a booth at this special event on Jan. 9 as part of our 2016 tour. We’ll be offering free treats and crafts – plus a prize for the first 10 people to stop by and say “Ice, Ice Baby”!
Plymouth Ice Festival hours are as follows:
- Jan. 8: 3-10 p.m.
- Jan. 9: 10 a.m.-10 p.m.
- Jan. 10: 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
Can’t make it to the festival but still want to see the ice sculptures? They’ll be available for viewing 24 hours a day and stay in place after the event dates, too (weather permitting).
Looking to learn more about the 2016 Plymouth Ice Festival? Head over to the Metro Parent calendar!