Downtown Ferndale Holiday Ice Festival Dec. 9

Downtown Ferndale Holiday Ice Festival Dec. 9

Ferndale, MI – It’s the most wonderful time of the year – time for the 17th Annual Downtown Ferndale Holiday Ice Festival! Kick-off to the holiday season in a most magical way on Saturday, December 9th from 10am to 4pm when Downtown Ferndale turns into its own version of the North Pole. Presented by Cregger Plumbing & Sewer Service and Ferndale Mobil, the Holiday Ice Festival features plenty of traditional holiday-time activities for the whole family to enjoy all day long. Come experience downtown as it transforms into a winter wonderland with over 50 magnificent ice creations lining the streets! Watch as ice artists chain-saw, chisel and shape blocks of ice into Holiday Magic-themed masterpieces.

Welcome Santa when he arrives at Downtown Ferndale’s North Pole (Planavon parking lot at Planavon & West Nine Mile Road) at 10am on Ferndale Fire Department’s Engine #1, and meet his reindeer too. The holiday fun includes FREE photos with Santa, urban hay-rides around town, and visits with live reindeer. Adding to the excitement, there will be in-town ice carvings by world champion Tajana Raukar and her team from Ice Dreams as well as a display of 50+ ice sculptures! Festival goers are also encouraged to let the holiday music set the mood while they shop from store to store, checking off everyone on their list. The day also includes Lunch with Santa at Rosie O’Grady’s at noon, with a great buffet ($10 for adults, $7 for kids), entertainment and the jolly old elf himself!

The tradition of partnering with community organizations provides additional opportunities for Festival goers. The Ferndale Rotary will host its Annual Holiday Ice Pancake/Waffle Bar Breakfast at M-Brew (177 Vester) from 8am-1pm ($15 for adults, kids under 5 free). The Ferndale Arts & Cultural Commission (FACC) will run the warming tent at the North Pole, supplying hot chocolate and cookies for guests waiting for their meet & greet with Santa. Joining them in the tent will be members of Michigan’s Fallen, assisting those who wish to create a holiday card to send to a soldier. Musicians from local groups will stroll through downtown, providing holiday entertainment to add to the festive feel.

Holiday Ice Festival Schedule of Events

10 am- Santa arrives at Downtown Ferndale’s North Pole (Planavon & W. 9 Mile)

10 am – Noon – FREE photos with Santa, by Art Mize

11 am – 4 pm – Live Reindeer at DF’s North Pole

11 am – 4:30 pm- FREE hay rides, departing from DF’s North Pole

Noon – 1:30 pm – Lunch with Santa at Rosie O’Grady’s

2 – 4 pm – FREE Photos with Santa at North Pole, by Larry Mills

Getting into town for all the fun is even easier this year! You can count on convenient and hassle-free parking, because you’ll find free downtown valet parking for Holiday Ice – that entire weekend, in fact! Valet is available Friday through Sunday, noon until 9:00 p.m., courtesy of the City of Ferndale and the Ferndale DDA. Access the valet stand from the alley located between W. Nine Mile businesses and the Withington public parking lot via Planavon St. For those that prefer to have someone else do the driving, Lyft is offering first time users a $10 credit on a ride to or from Downtown Ferndale simply by using the code GOFERNDALE.

The Holiday Ice Festival is a production of the Ferndale Downtown Development Authority and is made possible by our sponsors, Cregger Plumbing & Sewer Service, Ferndale Mobil, Giffels-Webster Engineering, Credit Union One, Star Trax Events and the 50+ downtown businesses who sponsor sculptures for their storefronts. The Ferndale DDA manages and markets Downtown Ferndale, a district of approximately 350 businesses located over 3.9 miles, intersecting at the iconic intersection of Woodward Avenue & Nine Mile Rd. For more information on the Holiday Ice Festival or Downtown Ferndale, please call the DDA at 248-546-1632, visit

or Downtown Ferndale on Facebook.

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