Nearly everything in the family-friendly Winterfest is free. Here is the schedule. Please check back for updated details:
All day - INDOOR SIDEWALK SALES at many downtown merchants.
All day - SNOW SCULPTURE CONTEST - Sunset Park, west end of Water Street. Call 231-459-4007 to register. Snow Sculpture info and rules.
All day - Great sledding, ice skating and cross-country skiing at Avalanche Preserve Recreation Area, end of Wilson Street. Warming house has restrooms and free loaner skates and sleds.
1 p.m. - Cross-country ski outing at The Hill Nature Preserve on West Clute Road, led by Jack Laurent. Intermediate/advanced skiers only.
1 to 3 p.m. - KIDS' GAMES at Old City park, including Frozen Fish Toss, Frozen Turkey Bowling. Complimentary hot chocolate and doughnuts from Glen's Market. Old City Park, corner of Park and River Streets.
1 to 3 p.m. - HORSE-DRAWN SLEIGH RIDES at Old City Park, $1 per person.
3 p.m. - CHILI COOK-OFF - Bring one gallon of chili in a crock pot to Coldwell Banker Schmidt Realtors, 231 Water St. Tasting starts at 3 p.m. Prizes for Judges Choice and People's Choice. Call Libby at 231-582-6554 to register. In 2014, 13 restaurants entered: Barrel Back, BCHS Culinary, Boyne Mountain, Boyne River Inn, Cafe Sante, Frog Hollow, Lake Street Market, Morel's Bistro (2 entries), Parkside Grill & Treats, Porter Creek Fish House, Red Mesa Grill, Thick N'Juicy. Winner gets a traveling trophy, pictured at right.
4 to 7 p.m. - WINE TASTING - Stop by the Wine Emporium, 123 Water Street, for a complimentary taste of three seasonal offerings, conversation and snacks.
5 p.m. - SNOW SCULPTURE CONTEST winners announced in Sunset Park. Rules and information.
5 to 6 p.m. - STAR GAZING with Bryan Shumaker of the Northern Michigan Astronomy Club (cloud cover permitting), in Sunset Park.
8 p.m. CONCERT (tentative) at Freshwater Art Gallery, 217 S. Lake St. Tickets: 231-582-2588.
8 p.m. - LIVE MUSIC at Cafe Sante, One Water Street.
Downtown merchants offered Winterfest shopping specials at the 2014 festival: (check back for 2015 specials)