The Plymouth Ice Festival in Downtown Plymouth

Find ice carving competitions, family activities – including an ice playground! – and more at this annual event, which will be held Jan. 12-14, 2018.

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. 12-14, 2018 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, 36th annual event kicks off with an opening ceremony and ribbon cutting at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12 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.

Kids will be excited to see the festival’s famous ice playground back for another year. 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. 13 at Kellogg Park. All are welcome, no registration is required and the run/walk is free.

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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 and stick around for special events like musical performances by Lee Murdock and Ice Festival maker fun.

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 on Friday and Saturday evenings where you’ll find drinks and live music.

The Plymouth Ice Festival happens Friday, Jan. 12, to Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018. hours are as follows:

  • 5-10 p.m. Friday
  • 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday
  • 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday

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).

To learn more about the 2018 Plymouth Ice Festival or other fun local events, head over to the Metro Parent calendar.

This post was originally published in 2016 and is updated regularly.