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Experience the Sault Ste. Marie Downtown Winter Ice Festival

Posted on January 4th, 2017

Bundle up and head for downtown Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan’s 2nd Annual Winter Ice Festival January 27-28! Chainsaws, chisels, and blow torches are the tools of the trade for these award-winning ice sculptures. 
Downtown Winter Ice Festival Sault Ste. Marie Michigan

Spend a day or two wandering the downtown to see over 40 ice sculptures in front of local businesses. Get your picture taken with a frozen Mickey Mouse or Winnie the Pooh or take advantage of the life-size picture frame.
Downtown Winter Ice Festival Sault Ste. Marie Michigan

Finished sculptures are cool, but check out the schedule and watch life ice carving. Last year spectators watched as a carver found Big Foot in a block of ice.
Downtown Winter Ice Festival Sault Ste. Marie Michigan

The highlight of the weekend is Saturday nights ICE WARS! Join the celebration at 6pm as two professional ice carvers go head-to-head to each carve a suggestion from spectators. The winner of round one is determined by the crowd’s boisterous cheers.
Sault Ste. Marie, MI Downtown Winter Festival
While they’re resetting the stage for round two get your hot cocoa and cookie (by donation) and be prepared for more! The winner of round one squares off against the master carver; once again, the crowd selects the subject matter of the ice sculptures.
Sault Ste. Marie Downtown Winter Ice Festival

The Downtown Winter Ice Festival makes for a great winter escape, but you could use some of the vacation days your saving and turn it into a real winter vacation. Travel to the Tahquamenon Falls for an amazing frozen view that’s an adventure all it’s own.
Tahquamenon Falls west of Sault Ste. Marie, MI

Kids and adults both thoroughly enjoy the slippery slope of the Sault Seal Recreation Area. Spend a few hours sliding down one of the seven tubing lanes, but don’t forget to fuel your adventure at one of the many restaurants in the Soo.
Sault Seal Recreation Area in Sault Ste. Marie, MI 

By this time you’ll be exhausted and need to take advantage of fantastic winter rates at one of the many Sault Ste. Marie hotels. Whichever adventure you decide, be sure to share your experience with us on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, and use #ilovethesoo. You can discover more winter activities by checking out this Pinterest board.