The 2022 festival, to be held  Jan. 15 and 16, will include ice sculptures, a beer tent, food trucks and games for visitors to enjoy.

The 2022 festival, to be held Jan. 15 and 16, will include ice sculptures, a beer tent, food trucks and games for visitors to enjoy.

File photo by Patricia O’Blenes

Aqua Freeze Festival brings frozen fun to region

By: Kristyne E. Demske | St. Clair Shores Sentinel | Published January 12, 2022


ST. CLAIR SHORES — When the St. Clair Shores Aqua Freeze Festival was held in 2021, it was a time for celebration that attracted visitors from across the region.

“We were a lot more successful. I think that had a lot to do with COVID, having so much stuff shut down. We were the only thing you could do,” said St. Clair Shores Parks and Recreation Director Henry Bowman.

The festival is returning for 2022, and Bowman said they hope the excitement carries through into the new year.

The 2022 St. Clair Shores Aqua Freeze Festival will be held noon-9 p.m. Jan. 15 and noon-6 p.m. Jan. 16 at Blossom Heath Park, 24800 Jefferson Ave. The free event is open to the public and will include food trucks, a craft beer tent, horse-drawn carriage rides each afternoon, hot chocolate, a fire pit, live ice-carving demonstrations and games.

“We have about 50 ice sculptures, and they will be carving on-site,” Bowman said. “Some will already be done.”

The popular holiday Blossom Heath Tunnel of Lights will continue through Jan. 17, he said, so that visitors to the festival can enjoy the lights as evening descends. There will also be putt-putt golf and cornhole games. Although the putt-putt golf game itself is wooden, players will be able to golf through the ice, and the cornhole board will be made of ice, as well.

“This is a great family event,” he said. “There’s going to be a lot of creative carvings, and we think people are really going to enjoy it.”

The event is hosted by St. Clair Shores Parks and Recreation, the Tax-Increment Finance Authority, St. Clair Shores Activities Committee and local businesses that sponsor the ice sculptures.

While sculptures will be scattered throughout the park, most of the festivities will be held at the Blossom Heath Beach House, next to which the food trucks will be parked. Trucks on Saturday will include Batter Up Waffle Company, Grampie’s Clam Shell, Endless Pastabilities, Little Bros. Burgers, Grillwich Tot Stop, The Wizard, B.L. Ellis Catering, Señors, Little Donut Factory, Island Noodles and The Lobster Food Truck. Sunday’s food truck lineup includes Little Donut Factory, Phatrobs FoodLove, BBQ Daddy, Detroit Panzerotti Company and Island Noodles.

Brews in the Craft Beer Tent will include Bud Light, Austin Brothers Murcules, Roak Little Saint Nick, Blake’s Berry Cranders and Rochester Mills Milkshake Stout.

Bowman said he’s also hoping to have live musical entertainment at 5 p.m. Jan. 15 and 3 p.m. Jan. 16.

Although there’s no telling what the weather will be like, Bowman said the sculptures can survive up to a fairly high temperature.

“With the ice sculptures, it can warm up to 50 degrees,” he said. “We’ll be running activities no matter what.”