Posted by: Kath Usitalo | January 22, 2013

Chill at Michigan Winter Festivals

Great Lakers know how to handle the chilliest of the region’s four seasons. Some folks curl up in a warm house to catch up on books, movies or scrapbooking (or in my case, avoiding nomination for an episode of Hoarders by clearing out the basement). Others bundle up to face and enjoy what winter brings.

This weekend is prime time for frigid fun across Michigan’s two peninsulas. The 63rd annual Tip-Up Town USA happens in (and on, ice willing) Houghton Lake, Winter Festival heats up in Boyne City, and huge snow sculptures and ice carvings will emerge at Zehnder’s Snowfest in Frankenmuth. If I could I’d be at the Heikinpaiva Mid-Winter Festival in the Finnish-American stronghold of Hancock.

Closer to home, St. Clair’s Winter White Out, the fourth annual long weekend of fun along the St. Clair River, sounds like a lot of fun in the Thumb from Wednesday, January 23 through Sunday the 26th.

There’s a combination of indoor and outdoor events, from a book sale and Thursday evening’s Bootlegger Ball to a snowman-making competition between the Michigan cities of St. Clair, Saline, Douglas, Three Rivers and Zeeland.

Another cool event happens Friday and Saturday just up the waterway in Port Huron. Check out the ice sculptures, bed races and chili cook-off during Chilly Fest, which coincides with the Pee Wee and Bantam division finals at the Silver Stick Hockey Tournament.

Learn more about these events at Discover The Blue. For other wintertime fun and festivities go to


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