NEGAUNEE, Mich. (WJMN) – After being cancelled in 2021 due to COVID-19, the Heikki Lunta Winter Festival returns on January 28 and 29, 2022 for snowy fun.

There will be new and returning activities that kick off at 5:00 P.M. on Friday, January 28 with a bonfire at Tobin and Iron streets. Other events include the Irontown Rail Jam and Snowboard competition, activities at the UP Luge Club, Lantern Snowshoe Tours of Old Town and specials featured by local restaurants and pubs.

“It’s a street style competition,” said Mona Lang, Negaunee DDA. “It’s high energy and it’s just a very exciting event to watch. If you’re interested in participating, you can register on Eventbrite. It’s $10 to try the course, $20 o compete and there’s a purse of $1,500 for the competitors.”

Saturday’s events kick off at 7:00 A.M. with the South Shore Fishing Association’s Teal Lake Ice Fishing Tournament and breakfast at the Elks Club. Activities will be held at the UP Luge Club and Ishpeming Ski Club all day. In the evening lantern snowshoe tours will resume and the “Freeze Yer Fanny Fatbike Race” will start at 6:00 P.M. There will also be a firework display presented in part by Jackson’s Pit Grill & Bar.

Event sponsors are Travel Marquette, WJMN, The Compound Ski and Snowboard Shop, Negaunee’s DDA, Eagle Mine, NMU, OK rental and The Fire Station.

Schedule of events:

Friday, January 28
5:00 – 11:00 PM: Tunnel of Lights open
5:30 – 10:00 PM: Irontown Rail Jam (300 block of Rail & Iron Streets)
6:00 – 9:00 PM: UP Luge Club/Lucy Hill activities, public sliding, snow shoe trail, bon fire
7:00 – 9:00 PM: Snowshoe Lantern Tours of Old Town

Saturday, January 29

7:00 AM – 10:00 AM: Breakfast at the Elks – Irontown Association
7:00 AM – 2:00 PM: Teal Lake Ice Fishing Tournament (South Shore Fishing Assoc.)
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM: UP Luge Club/Lucy Hill activities, public sliding ,snow shoe trail, bon fire
11:00 AM – 4:00 PM: Ishpeming Ski Club/Suicide Hill – AM training, Open House and Trails
Noon – 1:00 PM Polar Plunge – NHS Athletics
11:00 AM: Open Skate @ Negaunee Ice Arena
5:00 PM – 11:00 PM: Tunnel of Lights open
Noon – 11:00 PM: Outside Bars & music
7:00 PM – 9:00 PM: Snowshoe Lantern Tours of Old Town
8:00 PM: Fireworks