Frankenmuth Snowfest at Zehnder's: Incredible Ice Carving Festival and Competition in Michigan! +Eat Famous Frankenmuth Fried Chicken and Shop at the River Place Shops | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan
Do you love Michigan winter ice carving festivals?
Every January, Zehnder's throws one heck of a Frankenmuth Snowfest festival. It's a great excuse to bundle up in the middle of Michigan's winter and eat some famous Frankenmuth fried chicken, shop at the River Place Shops and of course, watch amazingly talented ice artists carve massive slabs of ice into submission!
Snowfest is one of my favorite things to do in Michigan in winter!
If you are looking to enjoy this Frankenmuth ice festival without mass crowds, I would recommend going during the week and arrive before noon. The only thing to know is that the sculptures will not be finished yet.
But that's also my favorite time to go! I relish in watching the talented snow artists perfect their sculptures. It's like magic as they transform the massive blocks of ice or snow into realistic rabbits, spiders, dragons or anything the artist can fathom!
I like going to Frankenmuth Snow Fest about two days after the festival starts because the artists are well into their sculptures but it's not the last day so they have time to talk and interact with you. In other words, they are not panicked as the time frame creeps near.
Like I mentioned above, I would arrive well before noon if you want to park near the sculptures. The best place to park, in my opinion, is right behind Zehnder's Restaurant. They have a monster paved lot, but it will be packed after noon. Parking is also available in the Bavarian Inn lot and River Place Shops.
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Zehnder's Snowfest was a blast yet again this year! ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ I absolutely adore seeing people create their craft! And I certainly wasn't disappointed...these artists were hardcore! The weather was excruciatingly cold, around 11 degrees, yet there were out there carving, chopping and grinding these monster chunks of ice into submission.⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ So I spoke to one carver just before I left and he told me he created a huge swan in 2018 and FIVE MINUTES before judging his entire sculpture shattered due to higher temps. Can you imagine the disappointment???⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ .⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #frankenmuth #frankenmuthmichigan #seefrankenmuth #puremichigan #waterwheel #Michigan #greatlakesstate #travelingmichigan #michiganders #monday #mondaymood #mondayinspiration #zehnderssnowfest #getoutside #photooftheday #traveling #adventureislife #travel #travelphotography #icesculptures #winter #letswinter #thegreatlakesstate #onlyinmichigan #greatlakesloving ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀ #michiganunsalted #michiganaddict #onlyinmichigan #mittenlove #snowfestimpressions @zehnders
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