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The Brillhart’s Visit Lake Michigan

Mallory and Rachel Brillhart walk along the pier in Holland.

The Brillhart’s visited the Holland State Park to see the ice formations during their winter break.  Their photo and story was featured in the Grand Rapids Press.  The ice formations along the lake are stunning — and a visit  to the lake shore during the winter should truly be on your must do list!

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Family Fun with the Holland Ice Sculptors

The Jackson Family spent part of their Saturday checking out the ice sculpting competition in downtown Holland.   The sent some photos showing off their bright smiles and the cool sculptures the found along 8th Street.

In this first photo, Eion (a 3rd grader in Mrs. McDonald’s class) and Samaria (a 1st grader in Miss Chrisman’s class) are standing by a plate, spoon and fork outside 8th Street Grille.

Eion and Samaria and the Icy Plate Setting

My favorite photo shows Eion, Samaria and Thalia (kindergartner next year) sitting in a most icy chair with little brother Lucah nestled warmly in his car seat!

Eion, Samaria, Thalia and Lucah sitting in the COOLEST chair ever!


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Ice Sculture Contest

Looking for a family activity this weekend?

Check out the Ice Sculpting Competition in Downtown Holland!



Friday January 06 – Saturday January 7

Each January, Downtown Holland partners with the National Ice Carving Association (NICA) to host a Collegiate Invitational Ice Sculpting Competition. This year’s competition will take place Friday, January 6 and Saturday, January 7. Downtown Holland and NICA will bring talented students from colleges around the Midwest and beyond together for this exciting weekend-long competition. This is one “cool” event you won’t want to miss!

Over 20 talented students will be competing in the collegiate invitational, each transforming 300-pound blocks of ice into glistening works of art using chisels, chainsaws, torches, and more. The compulsory competition will take place from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm on Friday, January 6, while the freestyle competition will be held from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm the afternoon of Saturday, January 7. Bundle up and come watch in amazement as the ice flies!

The sculptures will remain on display for the entire weekend…weather permitting of course! So gather up your friends and family and take a stroll in Downtown Holland this winter. Enjoy shopping at the many stores, boutiques, and galleries or relax at a coffee shop, restaurant or pub. And do it all without a slip thanks to the heated sidewalks. It’s the perfect cure for the winter blahs!

Questions? E-mail

Admission: Free

This event is organized by: Downtown Holland