Nearly everything in the family-friendly Winterfest is free. Here is the schedule. The schedule below is from 2013, and most of the events will be repeated in 2014. Please check back for updated details:
All day - INDOOR SIDEWALK SALES at many downtown merchants (some outdoo sales too!)
All day - SNOW SCULPTURE CONTEST - Sunset Park, west end of Water Street. Rules and information.
All day - Great sledding and ice skating 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 TOUR at The Hill Nature Preserve. Park in the new parking lot on Clute Road.
1 to 3 p.m. - SNOWSHOEING & KIDS' GAMES 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 Country Now & Then, 211 Water St. Tasting starts at 3 p.m. Prizes for Judges Choice and People's Choice. Call 231-582-2355 to register.
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. 2013 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 featuring Minneapolis indie-rock band The Pines at Freshwater Art Gallery, 217 S. Lake St. Tickets: 231-582-2588.
8 p.m. - LIVE MUSIC with Irish folkskinger Sean Ryan at Cafe Sante, One Water Street.
9 p.m. - LIVE MUSIC with the Galactic Sherpas performing at the Thirsty Goat, 220 S. Lake St.