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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD)-  We all know that winter in Michigan can be cold and gray, so when it comes to getting outside and embracing the season, we need a little help. Next month you can do just that at an 8-day winter festival in downtown Grand Rapids. Jennie Schumacher from Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. stopped by Maranda Where You Live to preview the event.

**Click on the video player to watch the full interview

The World of Winter festival kicks off February 9. Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. (DGRI) and it’s community partners are hosting a full slate of winter activities in Downtown Grand Rapids. World of Winter comprises of a variety of free- and low-cost events that feature a wide variety of activities for both families and adults.

Downtown Grand Rapids Inc. organizes World of Winter in partnership with dozens of community partners, local businesses and sponsors, including Ice Brigade, Grand Rapids Running Tours, WOODTV8, Grand Rapids Sport & Social Club, Grand Rapids Art Museum, the Downtown Market and the City of Grand Rapids.

World of Winter Schedule of Activities:

**All events start and end at Rosa Parks Circle unless otherwise noted.

February 9

  • 4:00 – 8:00 PM | Ice Bar: Olympic Games at the Downtown Market
  • 5:00 – 11:30 PM | PyeongChang 2018 Winter Olympics Opening Ceremony
  • Watch party with live ice carving
  • 5:00 PM | Valent-ICE Kick-Off
  • Downtown gallery of 50+ ice sculptures
  • Live ice carving demonstration
  • 6:00 PM Ice Sculpture Walking Tour with Grand Rapids Running Tours
  • 8:00 PM Athletes & All-Stars Walking Tour with Grand Rapids Running Tours

February 10

  • 12:00 – 6:00 PM | ICE Breaker & Paint the Park
  • Community crafted ice mural
  • Live carving of community selected ice sculpture by Ice Guru Randy Finch
  • Kids skate FREE
  • Food trucks
  • 11:00 AM Ice Sculpture Running Tour with Grand Rapids Running Tours
  • 12:30, 2:30 & 5:30 PM Ice Sculpture Walking Tour with Grand Rapids Running Tours
  • 12:00 – 6:00 PM Snowshoe Demonstration in Heartside Park
  • 12:00 – 7:00 PM | Ice Bar: Olympic Games at the Downtown Market

February 11

  • 12:00 – 4:00 PM | Ice Bar: Olympic Games at the Downtown Market
  • 12:30 – 8:30 PM  | Human Hungry Hungry Hippo Tournament
  • 12:30-1:00 PM | Registration – Family Division
  • 1:00 – 3:00 PM | Family Division Competition
  • 3:00 – 3:30 PM | Family Division Awards Ceremony at Rosa Parks Circle
  • 3:00 – 3:30 PM | Registration – Adult Division
  • 3:30 – 8:00 PM | Adult Division Competition
  • 8:00 – 8:30 PM | Adult Division Awards Ceremony at Z’s Bar & Restaurant
  • Additional activities:
  • 1:30, 4:00 PM Ice Sculpture Walking Tour with Grand Rapids Running Tours

February 12

  • 12:00 – 8:00 PM |  Monday in Motion
  • Snowga (yoga in the snow!) in Ah-Nab-Awen Park provided by Gazelle Girl
  • Beats on the Blue Bridge with Professor Bird
  • 12:00, 5:30 PM Black History Walking Tour with Grand Rapids Running Tours

February 13

  • 12:00 – 9:00 PM |Snow Globe Experience
  • Fabulous Functions presentsLGBTQ Speed Dating at San Chez
  • 5:00 – 8:00 PM Snowshoe Demonstration in Heartside Park
  • 5:00 – 9:00 PM GR Pop Up Shop in the Rosa Parks Circle warming tent

February 14

  • 6:00 – 10:00 PM |Love on ICE
  • FREE professional photographs of Valentine’s couples
  • 2-for-1 ice skate rental

February 15

  • 12:00 – 1:30 PM |Relax at Rosa on ICE
  • FREE ice skate rental
  • Food trucks
  • Live acoustic musical performance featuring Gabrial James
  • 12:00 PM GR Culture Walking Tour with Grand Rapids Running Tours

February 16

  • 6:00 – 10:00 PM |Grand Rapids Lunar New Year
  • The Chinese Association of West Michigan (CAWM) presents the inaugural cultural celebration Downtown.

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