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World of Winter Festival Transforms Downtown Grand Rapids from Feb. 14 -17

World of Winter Festival 2019

Got a case of the winter blues? We’ve got you covered. Hop on board for a ride to the second annual World of Winter Festival in downtown Grand Rapids. 

This four-day ice extravaganza begins on Feb. 14 and hosts a variety of free and low-cost frozen fun activities and events for all ages. Downtown Grand Rapids will be decorated with more than 50 ice sculptures, too! Don’t worry about driving in cold conditions. The Rapid offers many fare-free routes to help you get around easily.

Events on Feb. 14

Relax at Rosa on Ice

Spend your lunch hour enjoying free live music, free ice skating, ice games and more. You can also grab a bite from one of the local food trucks. The event begins at 12 p.m. and ends at 1:30 p.m. at Rosa Parks Circle.

Love on Ice

Looking for a romantic evening activity? Spend Valentine’s Day outside at Rosa Parks Circle! This event is from 6 – 10 p.m. and includes 2 for 1 ice skating, free professional photographs, free hot chocolate, and more!

Snowshoe at the Park

Enjoy the beauty of nature with snow under your feet! This free event is at Ah-Nab-Awen Park from 6 – 8 p.m. Snowshoes will be provided.

Events on Feb. 15


Enjoy over 50 ice sculptures around downtown. You can even join one of the walking tours provided by Downtown GR.

Silent Disco

This futuristic dance party begins at 7 p.m. at 555 Monroe Ave NW. Guests wear wireless headphones and can tune into any of the DJs’ channels. There will also be ice beer pong, food trucks, and a photo booth. This event is only for those 18+.

Events on Feb. 16

Black History Walking Tour

Grand Rapids Running Tours is hosting a free walk through Grand Rapids’ Black History.

Paint the Park

This community art experience is a great time for all ages. All ages are welcome to grab a brush and help paint the Rosa Parks Circle Ice Rink from 12 – 6 p.m.

Events on Feb. 17

Human Hungry Hungry Hippos on Ice

Do you remember this fun board game? Watch it come to life on ice! You can register your team here until Feb. 1! This event is from 12:30 – 7:00 pm at Rosa Parks Circle.

Looking for more fun activities? Head here for the full list.

Written by The Rapid

The Rapid (Interurban Transit Partnership) is the authority that provides a variety of public transportation services for the Grand Rapids metro area and beyond. It is organized and operates under Michigan Public Act 196 of 1986.