Macomb County ice shows celebrate winter season

Ice festivalMacomb County provides endless summertime fun, everything from outdoor concerts, to ethnic festivals, to firework displays. But what many don’t realize is that Macomb County provides in the winter months as well. Starting this week and going well into the month of February, there are many winter-themed events to participate in. One of Macomb County’s premiere events is the Mount Clemens Ice Carving Show.

This family-friendly event allows attendees to meander through the streets of downtown Mount Clemens viewing various ice sculptures while also observing live ice carving the entire weekend. The sculpting is coordinated by Chef Jeff Wolf, a culinary arts instructor at the Macomb Community College Culinary Institute and owner of Finesse Cuisine. All street sculptures, which are sponsored by local businesses, are the work of Chef Wolf and his team of professional ice carvers. Sculptures are located at the Fountain Stage on Macomb Place, Cherry Street Mall area, and on Macomb Place. Visitors can expect to see creations ranging from fun and whimsical cartoon characters to beautiful works of art. There are also interactive sculptures that make for great photo ops, so don’t forget your camera!

Now in its tenth year, the show originates back to 2006 when Mount Clemens hosted several Super City activities as part of the official Super Bowl XL festivities in metro Detroit.

Ice festival 1Despite what is usually pretty chilly weather, attendees don’t have to worry about getting too cold. New to the event this year is the Children’s Indoor Kids Wonderland Warming Center featuring Elsa and friends from the movie Frozen. Families can take a break from the cold and enjoy activities indoors  including  crafts  with  Elsa,  putt-putt  golf,  game  show  time,  face  painting, popcorn, penny candy and hot chocolate. The Warming Center will be located at 70 Macomb Place. Hours are:  Saturday, Jan. 31 from noon to 4 p.m. and Sunday, Feb. 1 from noon to 3 p.m.

In addition, many downtown businesses are rolling out their welcome mats and hosting Warming and Sipping Stations. These businesses are open throughout the festival offering a place to warm up, relax indoors and purchase a warm beverage.

This event takes place no matter the weather. Rain, snow, cold, or shine, it’s always a great time! Don’t forget … parking is free after 6 p.m. on Friday and all weekend long.

Harmony Westfall works for the Mount Clemens Downtown Development Authority.

Below is a list of upcoming Macomb County ice festivals:

New Baltimore WinterFest (Chili Cook Off and Polar Plunge)
Jan. 23-25
http://www.newbaltimorelions.com/NBLC%20WinterFest.html

Mount Clemens Ice Carving Show
Jan. 30-Feb. 1
www.downtownmountclemens.com

Richmond Ice Festival
Feb. 6-8
http://www.richmondcoc.org/event/richmond-area-ice-festival/

Utica Ice Festival
Feb. 13-15
http://www.utica-events.com/#!icefestival/cf4x

Aquafreeze Festival
Feb. 20-22
www.ci.saint-clair-shores.mi.us

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