Jack Frost Festival



Ironwood's 2023 Jack Frost Festival is now being planned!  Starting with the Depot Park Christmas Tree-lighting Ceremony on Thursday, November 16th at 6:00 p.m., and running to the Norrie Club's "Light Up The Night" event on Saturday, January 27th, the various groups and organizations that develop Jack Frost Festival events are now engaged in individual event planning.

CANCELLED:  Due to lack of snow, the SISU Ski Fest races for January 6 are not being held.  There will be a SISU party and exposition held at the Ironwood Memorial Building Auditorium on Saturday, January 6th, from 12 noon to 4:00 p.m.

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.

For the continuing series of Downtown Ironwood Development Authority's First Fridays, the December 1st First Friday ("Frost Friday"), will have a Vendor Crawl from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Downtown Ironwood.  The Ironwood Chamber of Commerce is helping with this year's December First Friday.

If you would like to participate as a market vendor during Frost Friday, December 1st, from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m., you can download the form below and send it to the Ironwood Chamber or sign up directly below using the Google Docs link.  Maps of vendors and venues will be prepared and distributed a week before the event.  There are 20 spaces for reservation in 7 downtown business and organization locations. As of Saturday, November 4, we have received 10 craft/art vendor reservations.    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/11t12FcRBVFJnEy2R2Uz0xKk8NiuPlFtBvJL8DV0E7Jc/edit

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.

WINNERS OF THE 2023 JACK FROST $10k RAFFLE ARE:  1st =  Kathy Grabarvich; 2nd =  Tara Tregembo, Monica Ramme, Dayle Jackson; 3rd =  Deb Neal; 4th = Jessica Vaughn, Vicki Watson, Carolyn Mieluszyk, Vicky Finco; 5th = Jeff Anderson; 6th = Justin Richards; 7th = Howdy Novascone;  8th = Gus Forslund; 9th = Stacey Miller.


SISU Ski Fest 2024 registration is now open!  Go here:  https://runsignup.com/Race/MI/IRONWOOD/SisuSkiFest

2023-2024 Jack Frost Festival Schedule

1 October to 2 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, 2 December in the City Square.

1 October to2 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 2, at 2:00, at Northwind Natural Foods.

1 November to 27 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 27; Winners announced on First Friday, 2 December.

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

16 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.

25 November -- Historic Ironwood Theatre – “All Time,” Warren Miller Ski Film, 5:00 p.m.  Support fundraiser for local youth ski programs.

27 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.

27 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

1 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!

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

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

1 December - First Friday in Downtown Ironwood – Downtown Ironwood Development Authority's "Frost Friday" event will feature a Vendor Crawl from 3:30 to 6:30 p.m.  Over 20 art/craft vendors will have their tables in various locations, including:  Historic Ironwood Theatre Concourse, Historic Ironwood Depot in Depot Park, Northwind Co-op, Downtown Art Place, Suffolk Street Eatery, Cold Iron Brewing, Contrast Coffee and ... (perhaps more!).

1 December – Historic Ironwood Theatre -- First Friday Movie:  "Elf", 7:00 p.m.

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

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

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

2 December - Santa Dash on Aurora Street at 5:30.  Just before the Jack Frost Parade there will be a Santa Dash from the Ironwood Carnegie Library down Aurora Street.   Entrants can pick up their Santa suit at the Library before the race.

2 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 this Jack Frost webpage!

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

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


7 December - Chamber Singers Christmas Concert at Our Lady of Peace Catholic church, 7:00 p.m.

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

10 December - Chamber Singers Christmas Concert, Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church, 1:00 p.m.

13 December -- HIT presents:  "The Wizards of Winter Christmas Rock Opera" concert.  An 11-member ensemble presents a rich storyboard that evokes memories and emotions of December's past.  From ballads to rock, and a visit from Mrs. Claus--there is something for everyone.

15 - 16 December.  AMSOIL Championship Snocross races at Mt. Zion, Ironwood.  Racing on December 15 begins at 9:00 a.m., and on December 16th, at 10:00 a.m.

16 December -- Ironwood Township Christmas for Kids., 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Ironwood Township Hall, N10892 Lake Road.

17 December -- HIT presents kids movie:  "The Flight Before Christmas", 2:00 p.m.

17 December -- "TubaChristmas" -- holiday favorites played by a Tuba ensemble in the reverberant acoustic of Cold Iron Brewing Co., at 4:00 p.m.

5 - 6 January - SISU Ski Fest --The SISU Ski Races are CANCELLED due to lack of snow.  A SISU Ski Fest expo/party will be held at the  Memorial Building Auditorium, 213 South Marquette St., Ironwood, from noon to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, January 6th..

5 January - Depot Dash for Kids -- Kids 10 and under can try cross country skiing or snowshoeing for free from 4:00 - 5:30 p.m. at Ironwood's Depot Park.  Equipment and instruction, hot chocolate & cookies provided.

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