Jack Frost Festival 2017


Season’s Greetings from the Jack Frost Festival Committee:

Planning is now underway for the 23nd Annual Jack Frost Festival of Lights Parade! The date for the parade is Saturday, December 2, 2017. The parade will begin promptly at 6:00 p.m. in downtown Ironwood along Aurora Street, starting at the Ironwood Carnegie Library corner. Parade participants must be at their line-up position by 5:00 p.m. All parade staging areas will have section directors to assist you. You’ll be able to identify them by their safety vests.

Please get you registration forms in early.  This year's parade will not be televised, so line-up should go very smoothly.  Registrations need to be submitted to the Ironwood Chamber of Commerce office no later than Friday, November 24.  Please mail your form to Ironwood Chamber of Commerce, P.O. Box 45, Ironwood, MI 49938 or you can email to chamber@ironwoodchamber.org Unregistered units will not be allowed to participate in the parade.  Entries will be judged on the creative ways in which this year’s theme is portrayed through float/unit design and decoration. Not to confuse kids, no other “Santa” entries are allowed. Please keep in mind that this is a night-time parade: all entries must have lights. The Festival Organizing Committee reserves the right to reject any parade unit(s).    


The 2017 parade Grand Marshal is the Gogebic Range Robotics Team, and our parade theme is "A Mechanical Christmas."  Many of us have experienced the delight of an electric train running underneath the Christmas tree, the bell-like sounds of a music box playing carols, or even the famous revolving aluminim Christmas tree!  We also remember the toy lable that said "batteries not included".  This year's theme celebrates not only the constructive creativity displayed by the Gogebic Range Robotics Team, but also the many, many types of mechanical Christmas toys and decorations that showcase a seasonal inventive spirit!



Click here for the 2017 Jack Frost Parade Registration Form.


Click here for the 2017 Jack Frost Parade Rules.


Click here for the 2017 Jack Frost Decorating Registration.


Click here for the 2017 Frozen Rundra Registration Form.



2017 Jack Frost Festival Calendar of Events


1 November – 2 December:  WIMI/WJMS radio is sponsoring a business window decorating display contest.  Entry forms are available at the Ironwood Chamber of Commerce office, Hitt’s Fine Furniture, WIMI/WJMS radio offices, and ironwoodchamber.org


1 November – 1 December:  Ironwood Area Business and Professional Women’s Club 50/50 raffle.  Tickets ($1.00 each) are available at Chief Oil Co., Makela, Pollack, & Ahonen Accounting, Hitt’s Fine Furniture, and any IABPW member


15 November:  Old Depot Tree Lighting Ceremony takes place at 6:00 in Depot Park, Downtown Ironwood.  Music by L.L. Wright students.  Post-ceremony refreshments and 1905 historic reed organ “frosty” sing-along at the Chamber office.


18 November:  Ironwood Area Schools Event’s Committee Gingerbread House Workshop from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the elementary school lunchroom at the L.L. Wright building.  Gingerbread houses will be on display in the lobby of River Valley Bank starting Monday, 20 November. 


24 November:  Business window display decorating contest entries due to day at the Chamber of Commerce office in the Depot or at WJMS/WIMI office at 222 South Lawrence Street, Ironwood.


24 November:  Float and unit registration for the Jack Frost Festival Parade are due in the Chamber office at the Depot.  You can also email them into the chamber chamber@ironwoodchamber.org   



25 November:  “Line of Descent,” a film by Warren Miller exploring the world of ski culture around the globe.  Historic Ironwood Theatre, 7:30; Admission:  $15


1 December:  Official opening of Western U.P. Snowmobile Trails (weather permitting).


1 December:  St. Vincent DePaul of Ironwood 7th Annual Customer Appreciation Day from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the store on 216 West Aurora Street.  Coffee, cookies, & treats!


1 December:  WUPM 106.9 live radio broadcast from Hitt’s Fine Furniture in Ironwood.  Tune in from 9:00 to 12:00 to hear interviews with Jack Frost Festival event personages.


1 December:  Downtown Ironwood Development Authority presents “December First Friday” event in downtown Ironwood from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.   Live Christmas carol singing groups in different locations, “pop-up” craft market in the Historic Ironwood Theatre Concourse, and many “First Friday” in-store specials.


2 December:  2017 Frozen Rundra Road Race at the Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency, 100 South Mill Street, Bessemer, MI.  Race starts at 10:00 a.m., with brunch, raffle, and awards to follow.  Early registration by 17 November is $20 guarantees a T-shirt; $25 registration after this date to time of race.  Registration forms at the G-OCAA, Ironwood Chamber of Commerce office and website.


2 December:  Fire-On-The-Hill snowcross racing at Mt. Zion, Ironwood, MI.  Registration at Maplewood Restaurant, 156 East Cloverland Drive; practice runs on Friday, 1 December, from 10-4.  Saturday racing starts at 10:00 a.m.  Admission is $5, with kids under 12 free.


2 December:  Snowman Building Contest (assuming enough snow and cold!!) at Depot Park, Ironwood, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.


2 December:  Reading of the Christmas Story at Heritage Christian Book, 610 Ayer Street, 10:00 a.m.  Treats and refreshments.  Music by the Genisot family.


2 December:  Dancing Raven Art Works, 321 South Suffolk, Ironwood.  Open house from 10:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. with live music, art demonstrations, today-only discounts, and refreshments.


2 December:  Ironwood Carnegie Library Open House from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m.  Come early and enjoy a nice cup of hot cocoa.  Holiday craft sale and kid’s room.


2 December:  Santa and Mrs. Claus will be ready to listen to your gift requests in the main lobby of River Valley Bank, Downtown Ironwood, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m.  [note:  this is before the parade]


2 December:  Historic Ironwood Theatre presents an old-time Christmas Cartoon Special from 4:00 to 5:30.


2 December:  Jack Frost Festival of Lights Parade at 6:00 p.m., Downtown Ironwood.  Grand Marshal:  Gogebic Range Robotics Team.  Float entries due by Friday, 24 November, at the Chamber office.   [note:  this parade will not be televised]


2 December:  Gogebic Range Band Concert at the Historic Ironwood Theatre after the Jack Frost Festival Parade (7:45ish).  Come in, warm up, and enjoy some great holiday music.


5 December:  25th Annual Tree of Love Lighting Ceremony at Aspirus Grand View Hospital, Ironwood, MI at 6:30 p.m.


9 December:  The Ironwood Chamber Singers 24th Annual Christmas concert will be at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, 108 South Marquette Street, at 7:00 p.m.


9 December:  Oma and Carey Township’s Christmas Party at Oma Town Hall, Highway 51, Hurley, WI.  Pot-luck dinner, musical program, and social for area residents and friends.


10 December:  The Ironwood Chamber Singers 24th Annual Christmas concert (2nd performance) will be at 4:00 at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, Ironwood.


17 December: Historic Ironwood Theatre presents “The Letterman Christmas,” at 6:00 p.m. Reserved seats in advance, $30; general admission, $25; student general admission, $5.



30 December:  Pro Vintage Snowmobile Race at Gogebic County Fairgrounds, Ironwood, MI.  Racing from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. https://provintageracing.com/


5 January:  Depot Dash in Ironwood’s Depot Park.  Kids 10 and under free cross-country ski event will take place at 4:00 p.m.


6 January:  Ironwood Snowmobile Olympus and TRL race at the Gogebic County Fairgrounds



6 January:  The 9th Annual SISU Nordic Ski Festival begins at ABR Ski Trails and will “finnish” in Downtown Ironwood.   http://www.sisuskifest.com/


27 January:  “After-burner” Christmas Tree Burning Event, Norrie Amateur Sports Club, Ironwood, 7:00 p.m.