Outdoor Activities Highlight Winter Weekend Events in West Michigan

World of Winter kicked off Friday night with multiple art installations throughout the city.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. – Between freezing temperatures and COVID-19 cases on the rise again, you might be wondering how do I get out of the house safely?

Well, downtown Grand Rapids has an answer for you during the World of Winter event.

“People want to go out,” says Raul Alvarez with the event.

And World of Winter is a great place to do it. The free two-month event kicked off Friday night with multiple art installations across the city.

“The idea behind it was to get people out to enjoy the cold climate in the snow,” says Alvarez.

Each installation is interactive, like Submergence, which has you walking through a tunnel of lights. And check the online calendar for rotating events each night.

“Between that, the live music, the silent disco and the scavenger hunt, the whole family can come and enjoy it,” says Alvarez. “That’s the best part about it.”

Looking for something a little more extreme? The Cannonsburg ski area opened its doors on Friday to allow you to hit the slopes.

“People are just thrilled,” says Danielle Musto, Cannonsburg’s marketing director.

Originally scheduled for Saturday, the ski area surprised skiers, snowboarders and tubers by opening a day earlier on Friday.

“Being able to open a day earlier for us is still Christmas today,” Musto says.

Cannonsburg opens at 9 a.m. Saturday for skiing and snowboarding, and tubing will open at 10 a.m.

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