The weather has begun to cool down and snow has started to fly. Now, Rochester is inviting you and the kids to bundle up, brave the chill – and get the heck out there to celebrate the snow at the Fire & Ice Festival, returning to its downtown area Friday-Sunday, Jan. 23-25, 2015.
Several events happen all three days, including open ice skating (bring your own skates), a tube sledding run and face painting. Visit any day to also check out the “Kids Toys” Ice Sculpture show, roast marshmallows or see the town’s shops sparkle with holiday lights one more time as The Big, Bright Light Show powers back up. And, if you’re still hungry, visit the TasteFest for local chow (and a beer tent option for the grownups).
On Friday and Saturday, hop aboard an old-fashioned carriage ride which departs from East Fourth and Main streets, running 5-7 p.m. Friday and 4-7 p.m. Saturday.
Love fireworks? A favorite two-night display ignites the cold skies at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Check out the ice-sculpture carving action those same days. You can catch demonstrations 6-8 p.m. Friday and noon-2 p.m. Saturday.
At select times, also watch for dog-sled demos and rides, a broomball demonstration, pancake breakfast – and The Brooksie Way’s Chill at the Mill 5K, happening at 9 a.m. Sunday.
Want to join in the fun at one of the great annual winter festivals in Michigan? Overall event times are as follows:
- Friday, Jan. 23: 5-9 p.m.
- Saturday, Jan. 24: 10 a.m.-9 p.m.
- Sunday, Jan. 25: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
General admission is free, though costs for food and certain activities may apply. Shuttle parking for the festival is available at the Rochester Hills Buffalo Wild Wings at 1234 Walton Road. Shuttles run continuously 6-9 p.m. on Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Sunday.
To see details about the 2015 Fire & Ice Festival in downtown Rochester – including its official website with a full event lineup – click on the Metro Parent calendar listing.
Photo courtesy DowntownRochesterMI.com
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