Winter Festivals for Metro Detroit Families to Embrace the Cold

Get outside and enjoy some winter fun with the whole family at these fun events in metro Detroit and Ann Arbor.

Metro Detroit has so many great winter-themed activities, including ice skating, skiing, sledding, snow tubing, ice fishing and more.

Lace-up your boots, zip up your coat and get your hat, gloves and scarf on before heading out to these fun winter-themed events. Most have kid-friendly activities, ice sculptures on view and hot chocolate to keep you warm while you’re there.

Looking for more winter fun, check out the family-friendly events listed in our calendar.


Romeo WinterFest

Feb. 3, 2024

  • Address: Downtown Romeo
  • Cost: Free

Enjoy horse-drawn wagon rides, kids crafts and games, ice sculpture show, live music, snowman-building contests and more. There will also be a best-dressed contest.

Winterfest 2024 at Walter and Mary Burke Park

Feb. 22-25, 2024

Enjoy games, entertainment, food and beverages, merchandise and activities for all ages at this annual fest.


Bowers Farm Winter Park 2024 at Bowers School Farm

Jan. 5-Feb. 25, 2024 (Wednesdays-Sundays)

Celebrate winter through tubing, concessions and more at Bowers Farm.

Frost Festival in Downtown Rochester

Jan. 19-20, 2024 

  • Address: Downtown Rochester area
  • Cost: Free

See downtown Rochester transformed into a frosty wonderland. There will be Under the Sea themed ice sculptures, a shopping and dining BINGO game, marshmallow roasting, competitions and more.

Pontiac Winter Festival at City Hall

Jan. 20, 2024 

Enjoy tons of winter fun at this festival including ice skating, Polar Express ride, food, hot chocolate, shopping and more.

BRRmingham Blast in Downtown Birmingham

Jan. 27, 2024 

  • Address: South Old Woodward Avenue from Maple Road to Brown Street, Birmingham
  • Cost: Free

Families can enjoy a brand new winter event in downtown Birmingham that will feature marshmallow roasting, zip lining, food trucks, entertainment and more.

Winter Blast Royal Oak

Feb. 2-4, 2024

  • Address: Downtown Royal Oak
  • Cost: Free admission

Enjoy free skating, live music, ice sculptures, learn to ski/snowboard experience, zip line, food trucks, kids adventure center and more.

#StrongerTogether Ice Fest

Feb. 11, 2024

  • Address: Downtown Lake Orion and Oxford
  • Cost: Free

See all of the beautiful ice sculptures and live ice carvings located in downtown Oxford and Lake Orion.


Chocolate Extravaganza

Feb. 11, 2024

  • Address: Downtown Chelsea
  • Cost: Free admission

Shop Chelsea’s annual Chocolate Extravaganza and get treats and goodies, just in time for Valentine’s Day. There will be events for kids, too.


Winter at Valade Fire & Ice Festival at Robert C. Valade Park

Jan. 5-7, 2024

Enjoy medieval fun with a winter twist at Robert C. Valade’s Fire and Ice Festival. Enjoy ice carving competitions, turkey legs, ax throwing, archery, performances, photo opportunities and more.

Plymouth Ice Festival 2024

Feb. 2-4, 2024 

  • Address: Downtown Plymouth
  • Cost: Free

The Plymouth Ice Festival invites families to explore downtown Plymouth, with sidewalks lined with ice carvings. Also, tubing is back.

Winter Wonderland at Elizabeth Park

Feb. 3, 2024 

Head to Elizabeth Park for some winter fun including ice carving demos, rock climbing, hikes, hayrides, crafts, bonfire, outdoor dance party, snowman building (weather permitting) and much more.

Winter LoveFest at Palmer Park

Feb. 10, 2024 

Families can enjoy a pre-Valentine’s Day event that celebrates love and Black History in and around the historic Palmer Log Cabin.

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Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano
Kari Zaffarano is a mom of one and Metro Parent's Audience Development Coordinator. She tracks down the best events every week and shares the inside scoop with families in print and online. She enjoys reading, traveling and exploring metro Detroit with her son.


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