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Celebrate winter in the Grand Haven area with the annual Winterfest!

Winterfest is packed with winter fun for everyone including the Glow Bowl @ Mulligan's Hollow Ski Bowl, Intergalactic Human Sled Race, Family Dog Pull, Cardboard Sled Race, Luau Extravaganza, Kids Day, Polar Plunge, Snow Angel Contest, and much more!


Schedule of events:

Photo Contest

Winterfest is accepting Entries for the 2013 Winterfest Photography Contest December 15 through January 11, 2013. Entries are accepted until 5:00 pm on January 11th at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum Akeley Building, 200 Washington Ave., Grand Haven.  Sponsored by the Tri-Cities Historical Museum.  Entry forms can be picked up at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum or downloaded online from >> coming soon <<

Poster Contest

Entries for the Winterfest Poster Contest in various youth age categories and adult amateur and adult professional categories are being accepted until January 18th, 2013.  Entries are accepted until 5:00 p.m. at the Tri-Cities Historical Museum Akeley Building, 200 Washington Ave., Grand Haven.  A list of rules is available HERE and at the Grand Haven Area Convention and Visitor's Bureau.

Winterfest Pass

One ticket gets you into the Wintefest Luau Tent on Saturday as well as discounts at local bars, restaurants, shops, and more! Passes are on sale at many locations in the Grand Haven area. For a list of participating businesses and more information visit the Winterfest Pass Page.

January 24 – Thursday

Glow-Bowl at Mulligan's Hollow

4:00 pm – 8:00 pm
$5.00 gets you a lift ticket for the kick-off event of Winterfest. Weather permitting. For information call Mulligan's Hollow Ski Bowl at 616.842.0634 or visit
Sponsored by Mulligan's Hollow Ski Bowl

January 25 – Friday

Art Reception

6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
The Tri-Cities Historical Museum Akeley Building, 200 Washington Ave., Grand Haven.  Celebrate West Michigan talent and view works of the 2012 Winterfest Photography and Poster Contest participants.  Award winners will be announced.  All are welcome to attend.  Refreshments, provided by Co-Sponsor 22 Below, will be served.  Call the Tri-Cities Historical Museum at (616) 842-0700 for more information.
Sponsored by Tri-Cities Historical Museum22 Below


Intergalactic Human Sled Race

Registration begins at 7:00 pm. Races begin at 8:00 PM. Get your team of six (4 Pullers, 1 Musher, 1 Rider) and cruise down First Street in Downtown Grand Haven in Winterfest style. Registration is free and the sleds are provided. For more information visit >> coming soon <<.
Sponsored by Anytime Fitness

January 26 – Saturday

Family Dog Pull

Registration at 9:00 am. Races from 9:30 am – 11:00 am at Mulligan's Hollow. Gear up for the most fun that you can have with a saucer sled and a four-legged friend. Children of all ages are welcome. More info coming soon.
Sponsored by The City Farmer

Cardboard Sled Race

Registration: 10:00 am. Sled Judging: 10:30 am. Races begin: 11:00 am at Mulligan's Hollow. Build a cardboard sled and race it down the snowy hill at Mulligan's Hollow.  Sleds must pass inspection to participate. Compete in contests and have fun!  For registration forms, rules, and more information stop by the Visitors Bureau or goHERE.
Sponsored by Coldwell Banker Woodland Schmidt

Euchre Tournament

Registration: 10:45 am.  Team play begins promptly at 12:00 PM. $10 per team. Space is limited. Food and drinks will be available for purchase. Pre-register by calling the Elk's Club at (616) 842-0970.

Sponsored by the Grand Haven Elks Club – 15 S. Third Street

Kid's Day

12:00 pm – 3:00 pm at the Tri-Cities Family YMCA. Doors open at 12:00 pm.Open and hour earlier for 2013! Creative projects, balloons, face painting, hamster & gerbil races, and more! Click HERE for more information. Sponsored by the Tri-Cities Kiwanis


Race of Kings: Hamster/Gerbil Race

Registration: 1:00 pm Races: 2:00 pm At theTri-Cities Family YMCA.
Bring your pet & gerbil ball to Kid's Day and let 'em roll. Be signed up and ready to race in this crowd favorite. For more information on this drag race for your furry friend call (616) 846-9592.
Sponsored by Rochester's Reef Pet Store

Winterfest Luau Extravaganza

That's right! Once again, we're having a luau in the middle of winter! The heated tent opens at 7:00 pm. Enjoy conga lines, palm trees, tropical beverages, beer, and more! Sons of Beaches will be playing tropical music from 8:00 pm – midnight. Put on your best Hawaiian shirt and bust out the Parrot Head paraphernalia because we'll have prizes for the best dressed. No matter how cold it is outside, it will be hot inside! Coat check available.  A Winterfest Pass is required for entry and are available for purchase at the door. You must be 21 years or older with a valid ID to enter.

January 27 – Sunday

Exposed to the Elements Snowboard and Ski Competition

1:00 pm – 3:00 pm at Mulligan's Hollow Ski Bowl. Slope Style and Giant Slalom. Open to all ages. Prizes. Free entry with lift ticket. For more information contact Mulligan's Hollow Ski Bowl at (616) 842-0634 or visit
Sponsored by Buffalo Bob's and Element Design

The Polar Plunge

1:00 pm -3:00 pm – Chinook Pier
Join us for the COOLEST event this winter! All you need to do is jump in the river! Please help the Tri-Cities Area Habitat for Humanity build more homes in Grand Haven, Spring Lake, and Ferrysburg for families in need. For more information and registration requirements please call 616.846.1505
Sponsored by the Tri-Cities Area Habitat for Humanity

Snow Angel Contest

Registration: 2:30 pm. Contest: 3:00 pm.
Come create a snow angel in Central Park! Decorating supplies provided. This timed event begins at 3:00pm. Open to all ages. Entry form and rules can be found >> coming soon <<.
Central Park on Washington between 4th St. and 5th St. in downtown Grand Haven
Sponsored by Sweet Temptations

Thursday, January 24, 2013
 All Day Event



Downtown Grand Haven
Washington Ave.
Grand Haven, MI 49417

Event Contact Info
Kevin Galbavi
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