Downtown Grand Rapids transforms into a dazzling winter wonderland every January and February, giving you plenty of reasons to get outside and enjoy the season. Our World of Winter Festival is one of the 10 Most Epic U.S. Winter Festivals Worth Braving the Cold For, according to TheTravel website.
This year’s WoW Festival is just starting to take shape – but you can rest assured that all programming and activities are FREE, and there’s plenty to see and do for all ages. We’ll update this information as 2023 draws nearer. But you can start planning your Grand Rapids trip now!
More than 20 large-scale, interactive and Instagram-worthy art installations will be on display around downtown throughout the event. You can easily walk from one to the other – but you might want to plan for several days of sightseeing just to take it all in.
Here’s a look at some of the pieces with links to what they’ve looked like at other sites:
There will also be 50+ dazzling ice sculptures and themed window displays spread out over downtown.
World of Winter also brings the fun with events for both families and adults: a Human Hungry Hippos tournament, Snow Moon Snow Snake competition, Circus Wonderland, Ice Piano performances, scavenger hunt, street party, drag show, silent disco, live and DJ concerts, walking tours and more. Details and dates will be published at WorldofWinterGR.com.
Food and drink are an integral part of World of Winter – and this year’s festival includes everything from a food truck rally to a noodle fest competition to a beerfest. (Food and drink are available for purchase.) Much of the festival grounds overlap with our Downtown Refreshment Area, which allows you to stroll around outdoors with an alcoholic (or otherwise) beverage from a participating business. There are nearly 150 restaurants, breweries and cocktail bars downtown, so you can easily refuel with a quick bite, leisurely meal or luscious libation during your WoW experience.
Receive admission into many cultural attractions around Grand Rapids as well as additional exclusive discounts with our $24.00 Culture Pass.