19th annual ‘Hunter Ice Festival’ headed to Niles this weekend

Published: Dec. 28, 2022 at 9:51 PM EST
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NILES, Mich. (WNDU) - Plans for the 19th annual “Hunter Ice Festival” in downtown Niles have been announced!

The festival will be held from Jan. 13 through 15, but the ice carving will start on Monday, Jan. 9! There will be fire and ice Friday night, a frigid 5K run on Saturday morning, as well as ice and speed carving contests throughout the weekend.

Ice cream will also be served at a booth for all to enjoy! Apothica Teas will even have a Hunter Ice Express Station with three different warm beverages ready to grab and go!

The entire weekend’s itinerary is enclosed below:

FRIDAY JANUARY 13

  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Shelf Life Bookstore Opens Giant Book Sale
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Homestory Vintage Winter Market
  • 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Hunter Ice Cream Booth - south side of Main 100 block
  • After 5 p.m. - Sponsored sculptures placed throughout downtown
  • Around 7:30 p.m. - Fire & Ice in Riverfront Park behind Wonderland Cinema

SATURDAY JANUARY 14

  • 9 a.m. - LifePlan Frigid 5K Start Time
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Multi-Block sculptures carved LIVE throughout downtown
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Hunter Photo Booth at On Base Productions
  • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. - Homestory Vintage Winter Market
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. - Baby Cakes Cupcake Contest at The Rage - 219 N. Front Street
  • 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. - Shelf Life Bookstore Opens GIANT BOOK SALE
  • Noon - 7 p.m. - Hunter Ice Cream Booth- south side of Main 100 block
  • 2 p.m. - 5 p.m. - Beer & wine tasting at Front Street Pizza Pub - 520 Front
  • Around 7:30 p.m. - Speed Carving at the Amphitheater in Riverfront Park
  • All Day Interactive Ice Park on Main between Bridge & Front Street
  • Ice Toboggan Hill @ Riverfront Park sponsored by The Children’s Center

SUNDAY JANUARY 15

  • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. - Brunch Buffett @ Jim’s Smokin’ Café - 220 E. Main Street
  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. - Homestory Vintage Winter Market
  • 11 a.m. - 4 p.m. - Hunter Ice Cream Booth- south side of Main 100 block
  • Noon - 4 p.m. - Shelf Life Bookstore Opens GIANT BOOK SALE- 223 N. 4th Street
  • All Day Interactive Ice Park on Main between Bridge & Front Street
  • Ice Toboggan Hill @ Riverfront Park sponsored by The Children’s Center

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