Downtown Winter Ice Festival February 13th, 2021

A huge thank you to our 2020 sponsors

Watch the excitement as award-winning sculptures use chainsaws, chisels, and blowtorches to create over 50 stacked ice sculptures in downtown Sault Ste. Marie.

Sculptures are available for viewing 24 hours a day in front of participating businesses and will remain standing after the event – weather permitting. Also, visit the Farmers’ Market at the corner of Ashmun Street and Portage Avenue to view the Ice Gallery of finished sculptures.

2020 Ice Festival Schedule

10 AM – 6 PM     View the Gallery of ice sculptures and discover even more as you walk around downtown!

12 PM – 6 PM     Model train exhibit at the Chippewa County Historical Society

          1:30 PM     LIVE CARVING at Cup of the Day at 406 Ashmun St.

          2:00 PM    Penguin Parade begins in front of Cup of the Day

           2:45 PM    Ice block of toys FREE at Ice Gallery located in the Farmers’ Market 

          3:00 PM     LIVE CARVING at Island Books & Crafts at 101 Portage Ave.

          3:15 PM      Ice block of toys FREE at The Hotel Ojibway at 240 W. Portage Ave.

          4:30 PM     LIVE CARVING at Parker ACE Hardware at 819 Ashmun St.

               6 PM      ICE WARS! Gather at the Farmers’ Market on the corner of Ashmun Street and Portage Avenue

Keep reading for more information!

Don’t miss the 2020 Penguin Parade sponsored by Cup of the Day! Penguin costumes will be available for children and toddlers beginning at 1 p.m. at Cup of the Day at 406 Ashmun St. while supplies last. Once the kiddos are suited up, a live ice carving will begin in front of the coffee shop. At 2 p.m., a colony of kid-sized penguins will waddle a few blocks north to the farmers’ market square and then make their way back. Hot chocolate will be provided once the penguins return to the Cup of the Day, and a freshly finished ice sculpture will be on display!

Don’t miss the Ice Wars Saturday evening at 6 PM.  Crowds will gather at the corner of Ashmun St and Portage Ave for ICE WARS!!! The carvers will go head to head with chainsaws and chisels competing for the approval of the crowd!

Downtown businesses will be open so you can stop in and warm up. Make a day of it with shopping and fantastic food downtown. Make a weekend of it and stay at one of Sault Ste. Marie’s lodging establishments.