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Winter Fun: Ice Festivals in Ohio

Tonya Prater, Owner

Some of my favorite winter memories with my family are of us strolling the grounds of Ashland University to see beautifully sculpted blocks of ice transformed into stunning ice displays. That was quite a few years ago, but my fondness for ice sculptures remains.

Sadly, the event at the university is no longer offered but, we’ve done a bit of research (thanks to a question from one of our newsletter readers) so we can spill the beans and share where you can find ice festivals in Ohio today.

Ohio Ice Festivals in January

Looking for things to do in Hocking Hills this winter? Check out the Frozen Festival which features ice carving.
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Have an Ice Friday | January 5th

The Canton Arts District celebrates First Friday every month, with music, food, entertainment and shopping. The theme of the January 5 event is “Have an Ice Friday.” Participating Canton businesses will showcase various ice sculptures, live ice carving demonstrations, a speed carving contest, and a showing of the movie Ice Age. It definitely sounds like a good time. 

Perrysburg Winterfest | January 12th

The 14th Annual Perrysburg Winterfest starts on Friday, January 12 with the installation of several ice carvings around downtown Perrysburg along Louisiana Avenue. Saturday kicks off with a pancake breakfast, followed by ice carving demonstrations and tons of family-friendly activities like a meet-and-greet with Elsa and Anna.

Saturday night is an adults-only party with live music. 

Marietta Ice Festival | January 13th

The Marietta Ice Festival is scheduled for Saturday, January 13 on Marietta’s Main Street in the Historic Downtown District. Over one dozen ice sculptures will be stationed along Main Street, while a live ice sculpture demonstration will take place at Armory Park at 1 pm.

After admiring the ice sculptures, there are plenty of other things to see in Marietta.The historic Lafayette Hotel is right downtown and is a convenient place to stay within walking distance. 

ice sculpting at Mohican Winterfest in Loudonville, Ohio.
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Winterfest | January 13th

Saturday, January 13 is also the day of Winterfest in downtown Loudonville. Ice sculptures will be placed along Main Street on Friday evening ahead of the festival. If the weather is not cooperating, the sculptures will go up Saturday morning.

This is a great excuse to explore the Mohican area for a weekend. There are plenty of unique places to stay, like the Mohicans Treehouses or Landoll’s Mohican Castle

Logan Frozen Festival | January 20th

The 7th Annual Logan Frozen Festival is scheduled for Saturday, January 20th on Main Street. Logan Town Center comes alive with ice sculptures from noon until 5pm. There will also be food vendors, restaurant specials, ice games, and ice carving demonstrations.

We love exploring Hocking Hills in winter! Check out this spot for a romantic Hocking Hills getaway or if you’re looking for an affordable option, I recommend the Hocking Hills Tiny Houses.

Lake Metroparks Farmpark Ice Festival | January 26th

The Lake Metroparks Farmpark in Kirtland will launch the annual Ice Festival on the evening of Friday, January 26 with an ice carving demonstration and speed carving competition. The fun continues on Saturday with more ice carving, an ice slide, and other winter-themed family-friendly activities.

Crocker Park Ice Festival | January 26-28th

Crocker Park in Westlake is hosting its Ice Festival from Friday January 26 through Sunday January 28. They will have lots of ice displays, plus ice carving demonstrations. Live music will accompany the winter events, along with the usual shopping and dining opportunities of Crocker Park. 

Ice Festivals in February

Ice sculpting at Mohican Winterfest
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Small Town Ice A Fair | February 3rd

The Small Town Ice A Fair in Vermilion is celebrating 15 years this year on Saturday, February 3. Kicking off at 11, the day includes ice sculptures, ice sculpting demonstrations, trolley and train rides, plus a kids play area. The day culminates with a Fire & Ice Finale at 6pm at Exchange Park.

If you want to make a weekend out of it, check out the Wanderlust Retreat Huron or the newly renovated Sawmill Creek Resort for nearby lodging. 

Medina Ice Festival | February 16-19th

The 30th Annual Medina Ice Festival is scheduled for February 16 through February 19. Enjoy three full days of winter festival fun. The event starts Friday evening with speed carving competitions, followed by the Fire & Ice Tower. Saturday is the individual ice carving competitions, followed by the team competitions on Sunday. Ice sculptures will be placed throughout downtown Medina for your enjoyment. 

My family attended this ice festival a couple years ago and it was hopping. Check out the ice sculptures downtown and then pop into Castle Noel for some more family fun (make sure you reserve your tour in advance). 

Have you been to any of these ice festivals or know about others in Ohio that we should check out? Leave a comment before and let us know. Protection Status
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