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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 DowntownRochesterMI.com.


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 grossepointefarms.org 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 facebook.com/Warrenparks.

'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 http://cmpl.libnet.info/events.

'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 register.shelbytwp.org.


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 farmlib.org.


Ongoing
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 https://business.facebook.com/RileyParkIceRink.

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 downtowndetroitparks.com.

'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 DowntownRochesterMI.com.


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

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