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Brave the chill for light shows, ice skating, snow activities

Metro | Published November 4, 2021 | Updated January 13, 2022 10:37am

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METRO DETROIT — The 2021 holiday season may be done, but you can still check out some light displays, as well as hit the ice for skating or partake in a snow-themed activity, in early 2022. 

Friday, Jan. 14-Saturday, Jan. 15
‘Downtown Rochester Snowglow’ • Downtown Rochester
The "Downtown Rochester Snowglow" — featuring an ice carving competition, marshmallow roasting, fireworks and more — will take place from 5 to 9 p.m. Jan. 14 and noon to 9 p.m. Jan. 15. For more information, call (248) 656-0060 or visit

Saturday, Jan. 15
‘Winterfest' • Pier Park, Grosse Pointe Farms
Grosse Pointe Farms will host its annual "Winterfest" from noon to 4 p.m. Jan. 15 at Pier Park, 350 Lake Shore Road. Check out live entertainment, a soup and chili cookoff, ice carving demonstrations, a petting farm, mini-golf and ice skating. Food trucks and beer will also be available for purchase. For more information, visit or call (313) 343-2405.

Saturday, Jan. 15-Sunday, Jan. 16
‘Aqua Fest Festival' • Blossom Heath Park, St. Clair Shores
The "St. Clair Shores Aqua Freeze Festival" will be held from noon to 9 p.m. Jan. 15 and noon to 6 p.m. Jan. 16 at Blossom Heath Park, 24800 Jefferson Ave. The free event will include live entertainment, food trucks, a craft beer tent, horse-drawn carriage rides, hot chocolate, a fire pit, ice-carving demonstrations and games. The "Tunnel of Lights," also at Blossom Heath, will continue through Jan. 17. For more information, visit Blossom Heath on Facebook.

Saturday, Jan. 22
'Cold Rush' • Warren Ice Rink
The Warren Ice Rink, outside City Hall at 1 City Square, will host “Cold Rush” from 2 to 9 p.m. The event will feature glow skating, a DJ, ice sculptures and shows, food trucks, and a bonfire and s’mores. For more information, as well as when the rink is open for regular ice skating, visit

'Sugar Snow Fort Attack' • Clinton-Macomb Public Library, Clinton Township
Teens are invited to build a fort using unusual materials and then attack it with sugar snow at 3 p.m. at the Clinton-Macomb Public Library, 40900 Romeo Plank Road in Clinton Township. To register, call (586) 226-5030 or visit

'Winter Fest' • Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center, Shelby Township
The Burgess-Shadbush Nature Center, 4101 River Bends Drive in Shelby Township, will host "Winter Fest" from noon to 3 p.m. Partake in a snow fort building contest, roasting marhmallows and hot dogs over a fire, working on winter crafts and sipping hot chocolate. The cost is $5. To register, visit

Sunday, Jan. 30
Build a snowman • Governor Warner Mansion, Farmington
The Farmington Community Library will invite families to read stories, sing songs and build a snowman at 2 p.m. at the Governor Warner Mansion, 33805 Grand River Ave. in Farmington. No registration is required. For more information, visit

Ice skating • Dodge Park, Sterling Heights
The Dodge Park Farmers Market Pavilion skating rink, 40620 Utica Road in Sterling Heights, is open from noon to 9 p.m. Mondays-Thursdays, noon to 10 p.m. Fridays, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sundays. Exceptions are when the rink will be open from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, and closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Admission is free for Sterling Heights residents and $5 for nonresidents. Skate rental costs $4; sharpening costs $5.

Ice skating • Riley Park, Farmington
The Riley Park Ice Rink, 33113 Grand River Ave. in Farmington, is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays-Thursdays and from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. Special dates include glow skating from 7 to 9 p.m. Jan. 22; a “Star Wars” skate from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 12; and a superhero skate from 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 21. Masks are required while on the ice. For more information, visit

Ice skating • The Rink at Campus Martius Park, Detroit
The Rink at Campus Martius Park, 800 Woodward Ave. in Detroit, is open through March 6. Hours are noon to 8 p.m. Sundays, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Fridays, and 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturdays. The costs are $11 for adults, $9 for ages 12 and younger and 59 and older, and $8 for military and first responders. Skate rental is $5. For more information, visit

'Morning Munchkins' • Red Oaks Nature Center at Suarez Friendship Woods, Madison Heights
The Red Oaks Nature Center at Suarez Friendship Woods, 30300 Hales St. in Madison Heights, hosts “Morning Munchkins” from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. the first Friday of each month. Preschoolers can hear a seasonal story and work on a nature-based activity. The cost is $4 per child. For more information, call (248) 585-0100.

'Big, Bright Light Show' • Downtown Rochester
The annual "Big, Bright Light Show" will illuminate downtown Rochester businesses from 5 p.m. to midnight through Jan. 16. For more information, visit

For more events, check out our Community Calendar. To submit an event, email To advertise an event online or in our print publications, call (586) 924-9139.