The Plymouth Ice Festival gets under way in just a few days, running this weekend in downtown Plymouth.
Apart from the chainsaws and scultors, however, there is plenty of fun to be had downtown during the (hopefully) chilly weekend.Here's everything you need to know before attending, according to the Plymouth Ice Festival website.
Friday, Jan. 10: 3 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 11: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 12: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
ParkingTime limited free parking is available in all public parking lots and on streets. Eight hour parking lots include the Upper level of the Central Parking Deck, the Parking lot at the corner of Wing St. and Harvey St. and the Gathering Pavilion and East Central (Library) Parking Lot. Most parking will cost $5. Click here to view a parking map.
EventsAll ice sculptures will be available for viewing all day and night during the festival, weather permitting.
Opening ceremony and ribbon cutting
The Plymouth Ice Festival will officially open on Friday at 7 p.m. State Rep. Kurt Heise along with City of Plymouth commission members will be in attendance to help cut the ribbon on the 2014 event.
Genisys Credit Union College Carving Competitions
The 2014 Plymouth Ice Festival is proud to partner with local colleges and universities to produce the 32nd annual college carving competition in Kellogg Park. Watch live carving by talented college student participants as they compete to win a place on the podium in their sculpture category. All judging is done by experienced and professional judges. The College Individual Carving Competition will take place Saturday while the College Team Carving Competition takes place Sunday.
Ice carvers are given 15 minutes, one block and their chainsaws to create some of the most amazing ice carvings. This event will take place Saturday at 7 p.m.
Interactive Ice Sculptures
Get your picture taken with some of the most amazing ice creations around. There will be a number of opportunities to take a “selfie” with some of the sculptures.
Fire and Ice Towers
Fire and ice are combined to create a dazzling display on Friday and Saturday. The towers are lit at approximately 7:30 p.m. each evening and will burn for approximately two hours.
DTE Energy Hot Spot Warming Tent
Warm up in style at the Hot Spot Warming Tent under the Gathering directly across from Kellogg Park. The Hot Spot Warming Tent is open during all the official open hours of the event.
Community Financial Main Stage
The Community Financial Main Stage features live entertainment, awards ceremonies, presentations and music throughout the weekend of the festival.
Blue Care Network of Michigan Sports Family Fun Zone presented by Sun and Snow Sports
Seasoned professionals will demonstrate and explain the gear and theory of cross-country skiing – and then give the kids chance to try it for themselves. This feature is open during all open hours of the event.
MVP Game Party Trailer on Penniman
Check out the newest and coolest video games in an enclosed (and WARM!) custom trailer with four 50" screens.
Radio Disney Detroit will be at the Plymouth Ice Festival on Saturday from 12-3 p.m. along with the Children’s Hospital of Michigan – part of the DMC making sure your special friends have a clean bill of health. Bring your stuffed animals to the Radio Disney Junior Doc McStuffins Toy Clinic powered by Children’s Hospital of Michigan.
Plymouth Community Arts Council Art Show
The Arts Council will have exhibit by outstanding local artists in Westchester Square on Forest Avenue from 1-4 p.m. on Saturday afternoon.
Party Lot at EG Nick's
For the biggest party in downtown Plymouth, head over to the EG Nicks Party Lot for cold beer, drink specials, and live music. Hang out on the front patio to catch some heat, see an awesome ice bar and enjoy some Svedka Vodka specialties. The Party Lot is presented by Labatt Blue and Svedka Vodka. The Party Lot is open both Friday and Saturday from 7 p.m. to 12 a.m., with a live band starting at 8 p.m. both nights.
For more information about the Plymouth Ice Festival, visit www.plymouthicefestival.com.