10 Michigan Winter Festivals in 2022

Michigan is famous for a few things, with one of them being the sheer amount of ice and snow the state gets each winter! That doesn’t stop the locals from celebrating the season.

Michigan Tech Winter Carnival

Taking place in mid-February, the carnival is a unique celebration of the heavy snowfall northern Michigan experiences.

Michigan Ice Festival

Visitors of any skill level are welcome to participate, with classes and gear available for beginners. This festival, a Munising tradition for 30 years!

Tahquamenon Sled Dog Race

The annual Tahquamenon sled dog race has been a tradition in Muskallonge State Park. Also food trucks on-site so that onlookers can enjoy barbecue, hot cocoa, and other treats

Face the Michigan winter with a drink (or many) in hand! The annual Pure Ludington Brrrewfest puts local craft beers on spotlight, with live music and tasting menus galore.

Pure Ludington Brrrewfest

Participate in the annual chili cookoff or enter one-of-a-kind competitions such as the outhouse race. There are activities here for visitors of all ages, so make sure to bring your kids along.

Benzie Winterfest

Lights Over Leelanau is hosted by the Leelanau Peninsula Wine Trail Wineries. This wine-themed festival offers visitors the chance to do a wine crawl around the peninsula, visiting each winery.

Lights Over Leelanau

Gobles Snowman Festival

Participants compete to build the best snow sculpture, with prizes for different categories including funniest, best snowman family, best snow sculpture, tallest snowman, best-dressed snowman, and best snowman overall.

Holiday Crossroads

Families are welcome to come ride the train through the village for a full outdoor tour of the light displays.

Bring the kids along and teach them to ice fish at the kids’ fishing clinic, passing along a beloved Michigan tradition.

Winter Fun Fest

Festival of Trees

This community effort often takes place in new locations around town, both indoors and out. It features upwards of 30 beautifully decorated and themed trees that are open for the public to enjoy.

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