World of Winter Grand Rapids Michigan 2024 Guide

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Grand Rapids World of Winter (WoW) is the largest winter festival in this country.  It has over 100 free events, activities, programs and outdoor art installations and it goes from January 12, 2024, to March 20, 2024.  Enjoy Michigan’s beautiful winter.  WoW will be open daily from 8 am to 11 pm.  Experience winter like never before.

The festival will be happening all over downtown Grand Rapids.  Hotspots for installations include

  • 6th Street Park
  • 555 Monroe
  • Canal Park
  • Ah-Nob-Awen Park

WoW recommends (but does not require) that visitors wear base layers, like leggings or long sleeved shirts).  They also recommend


World of Winter will have

Chilly Challenge Walking Tours

Themed one-hour walking tours around downtown Grand Rapids

Family Drop-In Paper Lantern at Grand Rapids Children’s Museum

Free with museum admission

Lumina Light Night Parade at Ah-Nab-Awen Park

Food trucks will be there

Fire & Ice

Watch fire performers give you a figure skating extravaganza on the ice rink. There will also be dance performances. Then, there will be a street party at Monroe Center with food trucks and open skating after the performances.

Art Installations Walking Tours

There are art installation walking tours.

Ice Piano Performances

See live performances on a piano made of ice, a unique experience.


It’s like a spa day for your soul. The sound will transport you to a realm of serenity and pure relaxation.

Select Disco

A massive open-air dance extravaganza and a fan favorite. Put on wireless headphones and tune into various DJ channels. There will be fire pits and food trucks.

Black History Walking Tour

Take a one-hour stroll through Grand Rapids and learn about the people, places, events, and stories from 1826 to the present.


Free walking tour to explore 50+ ice sculptures throughout downtown Grand Rapids.


Yoga led by AM Yoga

Grand Rapids Mardi Gras Glow Sidewalk Parade

Dress in your best Mardi Gras gear and join the parade through downtown Grand Rapids. There’s an after-parade downtown dance party.

You don’t have Mardi Gras gear?  Well, see what you can find here.  And you can find masks here.

Grand Rapids Hotels

If you’d like to visit Grand Rapids for World of Winter, you should consider the following hotels,  They are all offering discounted rates which could save you money on your stay.

  • Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Grandville-Grand Rapids West, MI: 26% Discount
  • Clarion Inn & Suites Airport: 24% Discount
  • Comfort Inn Grand Rapids Airport: 21% Discount
  • Quality Inn Grand Rapids Near Downtown: 21% Discount
  • Econo Lodge & Suites: 21% Discount
  • Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Grand Rapids East, MI: 21% Discount
  • Sleep Inn & Suites Grand Rapids: 21% Discount
  • Radisson Inn Grand Rapids: 21% Discount
  • Quality Inn Grand Rapids South – Byron Center: 21% Discount
  • Country Inn & Suites by Radisson, Grand Rapids Airport, MI: 21% Discount
  • Comfort Suites Grand Rapids North: 19% Discount
  • CityFlatsHotel – Grand Rapids, Ascend Hotel Collection: 19% Discount
  • Comfort Suites Grandville – Grand Rapids SW: 19% Discount
  • Comfort Suites Grand Rapids South: 19% Discount
  • Quality Inn Grand Rapids North: 16% Discount
  • Radisson Hotel Grand Rapids Riverfront: 6% Discount