The Ultimate 2022 Guide of January Michigan Events, Festivals and Best Things to Do in Michigan This Weekend With Kids+ 

January Michigan Events - Things to do in Michigan in Winter | By Sherry Trautman | Traveling Michigan at | Updated: August 27, 2022

The ULTIMATE SOURCE of 2022 Michigan events and fun things to do in Michigan in January! 

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Plan your January Michigan trip or vacation around our inspiring festivals and events! 

What are the best things to do for January Michigan Events this winter?

From romantic winter getaways to family friendly events, we have tons of ideas including: Sleigh Rides, Ice Festivals, Polar Bear Plunges, Beer Festivals, Boat Shows, Bar Crawls, Ice Carving Shows, Wine and Cheese Tasting, Folk Festivals, and FUN Galore!

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Yeah, I get it, it's winter.  It's cold. But so what? Explore the many festivals in Michigan this weekend and see what's happening in Michigan today!!  There are so many things to do in Michigan all winter long.

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Are there events in Michigan this weekend near me? See our up to date Michigan event guide below! There are so many fun things to do in Michigan for couples and families across the state. We have popular events in southwest Michigan and west Michigan. 

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The Ultimate January Michigan Events 2022 - Let's Travel Michigan in Winter!

Fun Michigan events, festivals and things to do in Michigan this weekend.  You will never be at a loss for what to do in Michigan! Plus we have ideas of things to do in Michigan with kids and romantic winter getaway for couples! 

  • Mt. Clemens Ice Carving Show, 70 Macomb Place, Downtown Mt. Clemens. January 4-6, 2022. Kids Face painting, yummy popcorn, hot Cocoa (Pop's Candy Shop), ice sculptures & live demonstrations
  • Candlelight Hike at Mt. McSauba, Charlevoix. 5-8 p.m. 9223 Mount McSauba Road, Charlevoix, MI 49720.  Fridays, December through February 20221. Enjoy snowshoeing, hiking or cross-country skiing on candle-lit trails at your own pace (self-guided.) At the end of the path is a warm fire and hot chocolate! The hike will begin at the sledding hill parking lot. 
  • Wilderness Sleigh Ride and Dinner, The Treetops Resort, Gaylord, Jan 08, 15, 22, 29, 2022, 5:00 pm - 9:30 pm. Reserve your space. Perfect romantic winter getaway or romantic sleigh rides in Michigan!
  • Annual Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race, Saturday - January 9, 2022. The race attracts mushers from all over the United States, as well as Canada, South Africa and New Zealand. The race start and finish will take place at Muskallonge Lake State Park about 30 miles north of Newberry, MI. 
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  • World of Winter Festival in downtown Grand Rapids - January 7, 2022 through March 6, 2022. Experience Grand Rapids during the cold-weather season during its annual World of Winter Festival! See art, performances, play games and enjoy the downtown area.  Perfect family adventure or romantic Valentine’s Day stroll. And it's free! Check their website for performance programs and info.
  • Annual Grand Rapids Bridal Show 2021. 51st Annual Grand Rapids Bridal Show is at the DeVos Place on January 14 & 15, 2022! This is West Michigan’s largest and longest-running bridal show, with wedding experts, gorgeous event sites, delicious samples and lots of inspiration!  Awesome bridal expo Michigan 2021.
  • Dog Sled Rides at Second Chance Musher Rescue, December-March. They will be offering dog sled rides at Shanty Creek Resorts. Night rides will be Friday nights. The day rides will be offered Saturday’s and Sunday’s. To schedule a ride, please call: 231-533-3000; Ext. 7690.  All options are a maximum weight of 200lbs. So many fun things to do in January!

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It's time to try something new this winter!  Michigan Dog Sledding and Races: Where to Experience in Upper and Lower Peninsula! (Top Winter Things To Do!)

More Things to do in Michigan in January!

  • 135th Annual Ishpeming Ski Club Ski Jumping Tournament -The Ishpeming Ski Club hosts the Ski Jumping Tournament at Suicide Hill on Tuesday, January 18, 2022. This event is one stop on both the regional premier Five Hills Tournament, and the U.S. Cup.  Ski jumpers from all over the U.S.A. will test their abilities to fly as far as possible with the best style.  The evening begins with a trial round of ski jumping starting at 6:00pm.  The first competition round will follow the trial round.
  • Indian River Winterfest-January 2022 TBD.  Food, entertainment, family activities! Admission fee. Fri 3 pm‑11 pm, Sat 9 am‑11 pm, Sun 9 am‑11 pm. Coop Park, 5454 S. Straits Highway, Indian River, Michigan
  • RV Show! January 20-23, 2022 Michigan State University Pavilion for Agriculture and Livestock Education, 4301 Farm Ln, Lansing, MI
  • Highlands Anniversary Weekend, January 21 - 23, 2022, Experience the excitement of three days of uninterrupted, unforgettable fun.  Schedule of events: Friday, January 21: 5 - 9:30 pm: Welcome Cookies and Champagne | Ski Valet.  Saturday, January 22: Hot Cocoa Hustle, Sunday, January 23: The Head Downhill.  Near Petoskey!

We look forward Zehnder's Snowfest every year!  I think it's probably the highlight of our month as we love to dine on Frankenmuth's famous chicken dinners, explore the town and check out the insane snow sculptures!

This is one of our favorite things to do in Michigan with kids! It's also perfect for a romantic winter getaway for couples! 

  • Zehnders Snowfest in Frankenmuth, MI- January 26-31, 2022, Bring the whole family to enjoy snow sculpting and ice carving competitions.  There will be a warming tent, entertainment, children's area and fireworks. This is one of our favorite January Michigan events and things to do in Michigan!
  • Holland Outdoor Winter Market-The Indoor Winter Market will be held the first and third Saturdays from January 2022 through April 2022 from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm! (With the exception of New Year’s Day.) Shop from over 20 regular vendors in the warmth and comfort of the Holland Civic Center Place all winter long!
  • The Detroit Boat Show, NEXT SHOW 2023, The Detroit Boat Show is the premier boat show in Michigan featuring hundreds of new boats, motors and accessories to see and purchase. See fishing boats, ski boats, cruisers, pontoons, inflatables, personal watercraft, kayaks, and antique boats.  One of the largest boat shows in Michigan! Awesome January Michigan event!

    Saturdays: 11 am – 8 pm
    Sundays and Monday: 11 am – 6 pm
    Tuesday through Friday: 3 pm – 9 pm

Have You Experienced Michigan Sleigh Rides?

If you want something seriously cool to do this winter, go on a horse drawn sleigh ride!  It's fun for all ages so it's a perfect winter family activity or a romantic winter getaway for couples! 

Best Michigan Sleigh Rides - Where to Experience Horse Drawn Carriage Adventures in MI (Top Winter Things To Do!)

See a Crazy Michigan Polar Bear Plunge!

  • Tip-Up Town USA-Houghton Lake, MI, January 22, 23,29, 2022. Beverage tent, fishing contest, entertainment tent, carnival rides, petting zoo, antique snowmobiles, ice slide, vendors, snowmobile drag races and a Polar Bear Plunge! Check their website for times of events. The festival is held at the southern DNR boat launch, off of M-55 near the Pines theater and Pineview Golf Course. Free parking is available at the High School and library with free shuttle service to and from Tip Up Town. Are your brave enough to jump in the lake during the Polar Bear Plunge?
  • Winterfest-Grand Haven, January 27-30, 2022.  Create and decorate a colorful cardboard sled, glow bowl, and sled races! Park and take the shuttle. Most events are on Saturday!
  • Mackinaw City's Winterfest 2022: Saturday, Friday Jan 21st-Jan 23rd 2022. Outhouse Races at Shepler’s Dock, Kids sled races, winter fun obstacle course.  Such a fun Michigan winter activity! 

  • Kalamazoo Beer Week-January 29-February 6, 2022.  This exciting week long series features tastings, dinners and interactive events.  The cool thing is, you will get a chance to meet many of the brewers. We have a blast at this January Michigan event as it is an event near me!
  • Ann Arbor Folk Festival-Friday, January 28 and Saturday, January 29, 2022. The festival is the largest annual fundraiser for The Ark, Ann Arbor’s non-profit home for folk, roots, and ethnic music. Enjoy two nights of music which includes a blend of well-known and up-and-coming artists.
  • Shadowfest, Charlevoix, January 29, 2022, 10:30 a.m. -5 p.m. Enjoy an action packed weekend filled with kids activities, live entertainment, craft beer tent and chili cook off. One of the most fun festivals in Michigan this weekend.

What is There to do in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in the Winter?

  • Annual Tahquamenon Country Sled Dog Race, Saturday - January 8, 2022. The race attracts mushers from all over the United States, as well as Canada, South Africa and New Zealand. The Tahquamenon County Sled Dog Race includes 5 different classes of races where you can come out and cheer the racers on, meet the dog sled teams, and pet the dogs in this all-day event! Start/Finish line is located at the Day Use area of the Muskallonge Lake State Park. 29881 County Road 407, Newberry, Michigan 49868 

Michigan's Upper Peninsula is the perfect place to try:

We love supporting Michigan Tourism!  Get outside as there are so many thing to do in Michigan in winter! 

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Ongoing Michigan Events

  • Black Star Farms Premium Wine and Cheese Tasting, Jan-Apr 2022 Dated TBD. Fee.
  • Sleigh Rides with Treetops Resorts: December, January, February and March weather dependent.  Fee. This is one of our favorite things to do in Michigan with kids! It's also perfect for a romantic winter getaway for couples! 
  • Traverse City Indoor Famers Market- The Village at Grand Traverse Commons,(November-April), you can stay toasty while you shop at our Indoor Farmers Market in The Mercato corridor on Saturday mornings, from 10am-2pm. 830 Cottageview Drive, Traverse City, Michigan.

We hope you enjoy these January Michigan events and festivals.  We hope you found lots of things to do in Michigan with your kids too.  

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