GR World of Winter provides free events, boosts downtown economy
World of Winter is a free celebration of DJs, ice sculptures, concerts, food, a series and more that takes place in downtown Grand Rapids each year from January through March.
Exhibitions include Massimals Polar Bears by Scroggin Studio, a line of large abstract polar bear sculptures, and Wave by Squidsoup, an immersive walk through experience of 500 tall orbs suspended.
Trumpet Flowers Exhibition Located in Ah-Nab-Awen Park Photo Credit: Downtown GR Inc.
Other attractions include the Valent-ICE ice sculpture exhibition and events such as a Silent Disco, a drag show, walking tours and live performances.
Local businesses like House of Wine see upticks in customers. “We especially enjoyed being able to pour to-go Downtown Refreshment cocktails like Mulled Wine for guests who were out viewing different World of Winter attractions,” said Emily Lynch, co-owner of House of Wine. “We hope to see it return again next year,”
Many downtown Grand Rapids restaurants and bars set up outdoor spaces for the festival. “Outdoor heated domes provide a great way to enjoy the cozy wintery charm while enjoying some of the best food around, ” said Sara Moore, a local resident.
When you’re done exploring art, head to a Refreshment Area where you can purchase marked containers and enjoy a cocktail or a brew as you walk around parts of the city. Refreshment Map of Areas to bring Alcoholic Beverages Photo Credit: Downtown GR Inc.
“The World of Winter festival is designed to encourage folks to get outside during the winter season.