Jack Frost Festival



Ironwood's 2022 Jack Frost Festival is here!  Starting with the Depot Park Christmas Tree-lighting Ceremony on Thursday, November 17th at 6:00 p.m., and running to the Norrie Club's "Light Up The Night" event on Saturday, January 28th, the various groups and organizations that develop Jack Frost Festival events are now engaged in individual event planning.

Jack Frost Festival of Lights Parade entry is open to all--you do not have to be an Ironwood Chamber of Commerce member to enter.  You can download the entry form here, or pick one up at the Chamber office in the Ironwood Depot.  The parade unit guidelines are also available for download here as well.

Please follow the Jack Frost Festival Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/JackFrostFestival  for all the latest Festival updates and related posts and pictures.

Winners of the Jack Frost Chamber of Commerce 2022 $10,000 Raffle are as follows.  Drawing was held at 2:00 p.m. on Dec. 3 at Northwind Natural Foods Co-op:   1st prize ($5,0000, Carlo Lahti & J. Johnson; 2nd prize ($2,000), Patti Packmayer; 3rd prize ($1,000), Tom Joysey; 4th prize ($500), Ann Youngs; 5th prize ($500), Gus Forslund; 6th prize ($250), Patricia Nyman; 7th prize, ($250), Jim & Paula Gribble, 8th prize ($250), Brian Stella, Jr.; 9th prize ($250), Michelle Scott.

Importance of the Chamber of Commerce Jack Frost $10K raffle--it's the Chamber's capital and community sponsorship fund!   While $10K in 9 cash prizes provides a ticket-purchase incentive, the real reason for the raffle is to provide a fund that the Chamber can used for capital and community sponsorships.  As the Ironwood Chamber receives NO TAX MONEY for support, a successful Jack Frost Raffle ticket-sale enables our chamber to have a yearly fund to help support community organizations and events.

In 2022, the Ironwood Chamber Jack Frost Fund contributed $9,651 to the following 27 organizations and events:  Wolverine Nordic Trails Winter Challenge; Gogebic County Fair Blue Ribbon Sponsor; Gogebic Range Health Foundation Donor Member; Polar Bear Hockey Club; Gogebic Community College Summer Youth Camp; Emberlight Festival Business Enthusiast; New Ironwood Art Guide Sponsor; Festival Ironwood; Copper Peak Trail Fest; Ironwood/Hurley Rotary Golf Sponsor; Bessemer 4th of July; MI-TRALE; Gogebic Community College Samson Golf Classic; Bridges and Bluff's Half-Marathon; Wakefield Gus Macker Sponsor; Emberlight Festival Opening Night Single Sponsor; Marty's Goldenaires Silver Sponsor; Bessemer Pumpkin Fest; SISU Ski Fest; Fire on the Hill Snocross Race at Mt. Zion; Super One/Michigan State Police Fall Food Harvest; Santa's Headquarters; Iron County 4-H Leaders-Mobile Trail Chair; Ironwood Township Fire Dept. Christmas for Kids; Gogebic Range Trail Authority Bronze Sponsor; and Western Upper Peninsula Arts and Culture Alliance U.P. Economic Impact Study.

Winners of the Jack Frost WJMS/WIMI Business Window Contest were:  1st, Historic Ironwood Theatre Box Office; 2nd, Paper Moon Mercantile; 3rd, About The Hair

SISU Ski Fest 2023 registration is now open!  Go here:  https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/IRONWOOD/SisuSkiFest

2022 Jack Frost Festival Schedule

1 October to 3 December -- Business & Professional Women’s Group 50/50 Raffle.  Tickets ($1 each) are available from BPWG members and at Guy Trier Accounting, Hairport Salon, Town and Country Liquor, Brookside Insurance, Steiger's Home Center, and Rigoni’s Restaurant.  Raffle tickets will also be sold at Super One Foods on Saturdays in November from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.   Drawing on Saturday, 3 December in the City Square.

1 October to 3 December - Ironwood Chamber of Commerce $10,000 Jack Frost Raffle.  Tickets ($100.00 each—only 200 printed) are available at the Chamber Historic Ironwood Depot Office, by mail request to P.O. Box 45, Ironwood, MI, and at Northwind Natural Foods. Drawing on Saturday, December 3, at 2:00, at Northwind Natural Foods.

1 November to 28 November -- WIMI/WJMS Business Window Decorating Contest.  Entry forms are at the Chamber office, Chamber webpage, or WIMI/WJMS office.  All entries due by Monday, November 28; Winners announced on First Friday, 2 December.

TBD November – Aspirus Hospital’s Virtual Tree of Love/Celebration [unconfirmed]

17 November -- Old Depot Tree Lighting Ceremony at Depot Park commencing at 6:00 p.m.  Post ceremony refreshments and 1905 reed organ carol sing-along at the Ironwood Chamber Depot office.  Special music by Luther L. Wright High School Choir members.

26 November -- Historic Ironwood Theatre – “Daybreak,” Warren Miller Ski Film, 5:00 p.m.; fundraiser for LLW ski team

28 November -- Jack Frost Parade Entries Due at the Chamber Depot office.  Entry forms available at the Chamber, or by mail, or from the chamber webpage.  NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED ENTRY INTO THE PARADE AFTER THIS CLOSING REGISTRATION DATE.

28 November -- WJMS/WIMI Business Window Decorating Contest Entries Due at the Chamber Depot office or at WJMS/WIMI studios at 222 S. Lawrence St., Ironwood, MI

2 December -- St. Vincent De Paul Customer Appreciation Day from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm.  Stop in at 216 West Aurora Street, Ironwood, for cookies, coffee, and treats!

2 December -- WUPM Jack Frost Festival Radio Broadcast live from the Chamber Depot office from 10:00 until noon.

2 December – Children’s “Make and Take” crafts – Ironwood Carnegie Library, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

2 December - First Friday in Downtown Ironwood – Northern Elves Festival Christmas Market.

2 December – Historic Ironwood Theatre -- A John Denver Christmas, 7:30 p.m.

2 December – Ironwood Carnegie Library Story Walk, “Snowmen at Night” story placed in store windows downtown.  Directions available at the library and local businesses.

3 December – NoEL Market & Activities https://www.northernelves.org/

3 December – Children’s “Make and Take” crafts – Ironwood Carnegie Library, from 9:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon

3 December – Jack Frost $10,000 raffle drawing at Northwind Natural Foods Co-op, between 2:00 pm and 3:00 p.m.

3 December -- Santa and Mrs. Claus at Incredible Bank from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.

3 December – Carnegie Library Open House from 5:30 to 6:00 p.m. with cookies and hot cider.

3 December -- Northern Elves’ Santa Dash, held on Aurora Street at 5:30 p.m. Registration takes place inside the Historic Carnegie Library.

3 December -- Jack Frost Festival of Lights Parade at 6:00 in downtown Ironwood. Parade unit line-up starts at 5:00 p.m.  Registration forms on the Jack Frost webpage!

3 December -- Gogebic Range Band Christmas Concert at 7:15 in the Historic Ironwood Theatre

3 & 4 December  --  Bears & Blades PeeWee Level B Hockey Tournament, Pat O’Donnell Civic Center, Ironwood. Presented by Ironwood Polar Bear Hockey:   Register at:  www.polarbearhockey.net

4 December – Ironwood Area Middle and High School Bands Holiday Concert at the Historic Ironwood Theatre, 2:00 p.m.

4 December – A Tuba Christmas, at Cold Iron Brewing Co., 4:00 p.m.

9 December – Ironwood Chamber Choir Christmas Concert, 7:00 p.m. at Our Lady of Peace Church, Ironwood

9-11 December – “Fire on the Hill” Snow Cross Racing at Mt. Zion: 26 classes of competition will be featured; registration and practice runs on Friday; with races on the 10th and 11th of December.  Registration at the Mt. Zion Ski Chalet; part of the Mid-West Snow Cross racing series.  See: http://www.midwestsnocross.com/   http://www.midwestsnocross.com/Ironwood.html

10 December – Luther L. Wright “Accent & Ayer Street Voices” Choir Holiday Show, Historic Ironwood Theatre, 7:00 p.m.

11 December – Ironwood Chamber Choir Christmas Concert, Our Lady of Peace Church in Ironwood, 4:00 p.m.

17 December:  -- “A HIT Christmas” - Historic Ironwood Theatre Community Christmas Show, 7:00 p.m.

18 December – “A HIT Christmas” - Historic Ironwood Theatre Community Christmas Show, 2:00 p.m.

26 December – HIT Movie: “Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause” at the Historic Ironwood Theatre

6 - 8 January – SISU Nordic Ski Festival – Races on Saturday begin at the ABR Ski Trails and will finish at the downtown Ironwood City Square; Registration and vendor display at the Memorial Building Auditorium, 4:00 – 10: 00 p.m. (Friday); Fat Tire Bike Event on Sunday, SISU Dirt Crew is the sponsor

28 January -- “Light Up the Night” Christmas Tree Burning Event, Norrie Amateur Sports Club, at 7:00 p.m.