Downtown Grand Rapids transforms into a winter wonderland starting January 18, 2020, at the third annual World of Winter Festival - and this time, it will take place over an entire month! As always, there will be various FREE winter-themed programming and events, including (but not limited to) snow yoga, black history and ice sculpture walking tours, a silent disco, and the community-favorite Human Hungry Hungry Hippos on Ice Tournament.

One of the most exciting attractions of the World of Winter Festival is Valent-ICE, where Downtown Grand Rapids is decorated with over 50 ice sculptures, making it the largest gallery of ice art in the state of Michigan.

We are also thrilled to bring a new interactive light installation called "Prismatica" to the festival this year. Prismatica is a collection of light prisms that have toured the world, adding energy and creativity to urban business districts. The interactive installation includes 25 pivoting prisms, creating a modern ice palace that transmits and reflects color and light. As the prisms rotate, a soundtrack of bells plays in the background. Downtown Grand Rapids will host Prismatica at 555 Monroe Ave. NW from January 17 to February 16, 2020.

The World of Winter Festival, organized by Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) and partners, is designed to take advantage of Michigan’s cold climate, provide fun ways for people to get outside and enjoy the season, and make Grand Rapids a better winter city - which makes Grand Rapids a better year-round city.

All World of Winter events are FREE or low-cost and can be enjoyed by both families and adults.

Below is the full schedule of World of Winter activities.

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Saturday, January 18

Silent Disco (18+)

When: 7:00 - 10:00 PM
Where:
555 Monroe Ave. NW (Monroe North Lot)

Sing and dance like no one's watching! Silent discos are a unique way of experiencing live music. Guests wear wireless headphones and can tune into any of the different DJs' channels. You have full control of the music you jam out to! Welcome to the dance parties of the future. This event is for guests 18+ only.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

  • Performances by four different DJs (to be announced)
  • Ice beer pong
  • Food trucks available on-site.
  • LED Furniture & photo booth
  • Live fire performances
  • Check out the living mural (projection mapping over a mural)

NOTE: There will be a heat source at the event. Alcohol sales will benefit the Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Festival

Sunday, January 19

Snowshoeing at Ah-Nab-Awen Park

When: 2:00 PM
Where: Ah-Nab-Awen Park

Feel the crunch of the snow under your feet and enjoy nature at this FREE spectacular snowshoeing event led by Friends of Grand Rapids Parks. Snowshoes will be provided. Don't forget to dress warm!

Saturday, January 25

Lunar New Year Celebration

When: 5:00 - 9:00 PM
Where: 555 Monroe Ave. NW (Monroe North Lot)

Celebrate the Chinese New Year at this festival that offers a rich cultural experience through live performances, music and authentic food.

Sunday, January 26

World Market & Game Day

When: 12:00 - 6:00 PM
Where: 555 Monroe Ave. NW (Monroe North Lot)

Go shopping at our World Market, featuring curated artists and local businesses inside a heated tent. There will be ice games such as foosball, shuffleboard, plinko, cornhole, checkers and chess outside for the whole family to enjoy.

Tuesday, January 28

Snowshoeing at Ah-Nab-Awen Park

When: 6:00 PM
Where: Ah-Nab-Awen Park

Feel the crunch of the snow under your feet and enjoy nature at this FREE spectacular snowshoeing event led by Friends of Grand Rapids Parks. Snowshoes will be provided. Don't forget to dress warm!

Saturday, February 1

Black History Walking Tour

When: 12:00 PM
Where: Meet at Rosa Parks Circle

Join Grand Rapids Running Tours for a FREE walk through Grand Rapids' Black history. The tour starts at Rosa Parks Circle. Registration coming soon.

Movies on the Piazza

When: 11:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Where: Studio Park Piazza

It's summertime in February! Join us as we show summer-themed movies at the new Studio Park piazza. There will be plenty of fun activities to keep you warm!

Thursday, February 6

Snowga & Run

When: 6:00 PM
Where: 555 Monroe Ave. NW (Monroe North Lot)

Get your downward dog on at this free outdoor run and yoga event! The event will begin with a short run followed by 30 minutes of easy yoga hosted by Gazelle Girl. Don't forget to wear warm workout clothing! Registration coming soon.

Saturday, February 8

Black History Walking Tour

When: 12:00 PM
Where:
Meet at Rosa Parks Circle

Join Grand Rapids Running Tours for a FREE walk through Grand Rapids' Black history. The tour starts at Rosa Parks Circle. Registration coming soon.

Sunday, February 9

Human Hungry Hungry Hippos on Ice Tournament

When: 12:30 - 7:00 PM
Where: Rosa Parks Circle

Your favorite board game comes to life in this human version of Hungry Hungry Hippos! Adult and family divisions are available at this awesome Downtown extravaganza.

Registration is required and now open! https://grssc.com/leagues/join

Note that each team consists of six players. Registration is $60 per team. The winners get awesome prize packages!

Adult Division = All players 18+
Family Division = Minimum of (2) adults 18+ as well as minimum (2) kids under 18 years of age

Learn how the game works here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=1972521926114953

Food trucks will serve on-site.

Friday, February 14

Valent-ICE

When: 12:00 PM onwards
Where: Throughout Downtown

Celebrate winter with a gallery of ice in Downtown Grand Rapids! This annual World of Winter attraction showcases over 50 ice sculptures all throughout Downtown. You can do a self-guided tour of these amazing works of art... or join one of our ice sculpture walking tours so you don't miss any of them!

Love on Ice

When: 6:00 - 10:00 PM
Where: Rosa Parks Circle

Who says Valentine's Day has to be the typical indoor dinner and a movie? Enjoy a unique V-Day experience with your loved one this year at Love on ICE.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

  • 2-for-1 ice skating
  • Free professional photographs with the Ice Gurus interactive ice installation!

Ice Sculpture Walking Tour

When: 6:00 PM
Where: Meet at Rosa Parks Circle

Bundle up and explore Downtown Grand Rapids with a FREE guided tour provided by Grand Rapids Running Tours. Learn more about sub-zero art and their interesting backstories! Registration coming soon.

Saturday, February 15

Paint the Park / Ice Breaker

When: 11:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Where: Rosa Parks Circle

Ain't no party like a community ice painting party! Grab a brush and help us paint the ice at the Rosa Parks Circle Ice Rink. Make your mark downtown and beautify our city as a community.

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

  • Food trucks available on-site.
  • Get your pictures taken with Queen Elsa & Princess Anna from Disney’s Frozen!
  • Community partners with activity tables
  • "Ice breaker" - live ice carving of the 5000-pound community sculpture
  • Ice rink open for skating from 6:00 PM

Ice Sculpture Walking Tours

When: 10:00 AM, 2:00 PM & 4:00 PM
Where:
Meet at Rosa Parks Circle

Bundle up and explore Downtown Grand Rapids with a FREE guided tour provided by Grand Rapids Running Tours. Learn more about sub-zero art and their interesting backstories! Registration coming soon.

Black History Walking Tour

When: 12:00 PM
Where: Meet at Rosa Parks Circle

Join Grand Rapids Running Tours for a FREE walk through Grand Rapids' Black history. The tour starts at Rosa Parks Circle. Registration coming soon.

Sunday, February 16

Ice Sculpture Walking Tour

When: 1:00 PM
Where:
Meet at Rosa Parks Circle

Bundle up and explore Downtown Grand Rapids with a FREE guided tour provided by Grand Rapids Running Tours. Learn more about sub-zero art and their interesting backstories! Registration coming soon.

Please note that the Prismatica interactive light installation will be ongoing from January 17 to February 16 at the Monroe North lot.

While guided ice sculpture walking tours have specific schedules, anyone is welcome to tour the ice sculptures on their own via our ice sculpture map.

More activities soon to come.

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