A couple of years ago, we stumbled upon the Magical Ice Fest in St. Joseph, MI. During the festival, the quaint town is decorated with amazingly intricate ice sculptures. There are plenty of sculptors creating their ice artwork live for all to see. There are ice sculpting competitions throughout the weekend, so there is plenty to watch while strolling through town.
Look at one of the creations:
We like to walk through the town to take in the cool artwork. Along the way, we stop in at the many unique shops. There is an old school dime store that is a must stop. There is also a great bookstore, a dog bakery and two chocolate shops among others.
There are additional events in association with the Magical Ice Fest. You can pick up a scavenger hunt in the Welcome Center. (Kids really love scavenger hunts!) There will be a magician downtown on the Saturday of the festival. Waikiki Weekend will be swinging along at the Silver Beach Carousel from February 7th-10th. You can check the carousel's website for more details. (You can ride the carousel for 1 token for $2 or purchase different token packages.) The Silver Beach Hotel will be having a Wine, Chocolate, and Art Festival from 4PM-9PM on Saturday, February 9th. Adult tickets will be $10 and kid tickets will be $5. Tickets for those not drinking will also be $5. There will be artists, music, wine tastings, and non-alcoholic tastings. Be sure to check St. Joseph's website for a listing of more events during this special weekend. There really will be a number of fun activities for the family. Honestly, just taking a look at the ice creations makes for an enjoyable day for us.
The ice creations are sure to spark some wonderment. The stroll is free, adding to a nice outing. Plus, there are a lot of nice restaurants in downtown St. Joseph as well as some cute stores. The celebration makes for a pleasant weekend trip!
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