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2022 Detroit Lakes Polar Fest Ice Courtyard

Enjoy the Detroit Lakes Polar Fest Ice Courtyard at City Park from February 11-27, 2022. Each day (and night) of Polar Fest, the Detroit Lakes City Park will be filled with ice sculptures and a dazzling lights display! The public is invited to be wowed during the annual February wintertime celebration, Polar Fest. Enjoy a socially-distanced magical self-tour through the City Park. NOTE: Photo Credit (above): Jack Davis Photography

A 60-foot oak tree, King Isbit’s Royal Tree, decorated with blue and white lights, was prominent in the Detroit Lakes’ City Park nighttime landscape during 2020’s Polar Fest and will be back this year, according to organizers of the “MN Sn’Ice Snow and Ice Showcase,” which will be held in conjunction with Polar Fest. Other trees will also be lit, adding to the nighttime beauty of the park. Snow, ice and light displays will be scattered throughout Detroit Lakes’ City Park during Polar Fest.

Event Location:
Detroit Lakes City Park
1320 Lincoln Ave, Detroit Lakes, MN 56501 | Tel:
Detroit Lakes City Park website
Phone: (218) 846-7112

Detroit Lakes Polar Fest Ice Courtyard

Photo Credit: Jack Davis Photography

About Polar Fest

Polar Fest is held annually in mid-February with the plunge and fireworks on the Saturday night of President’s Day weekend. Polar Fest was started in 1996 by Erika Johnson, previous owner of Lakeside Tavern. She loved winter and wanted to see some sort of celebration of winter by the lake and outside her restaurant. Coincidentally, at the same time, Ron Zeman, former board member for Develop DL, heard about people jumping into a hole in the lake to raise money for an organization. He took that idea to the Boys & Girls Club and the “Polar Fest Plunge” was born. Polar Fest continued until 2002 when lack of support left Polar Fest with only its key event — the Polar Plunge, but no other activities. In 2005, a group of crazy, winter-loving citizens came together to reinvigorate and warm up Polar Fest. Since then, Polar Fest has continued with the pinnacle event being the Polar Fest Plunge into Little Detroit Lake plus many other activities ranging from golfing on the lake to presentations by polar explorers to dances in the sand. In 2008, fireworks on the last Saturday evening were added and that has become one of the highlights of the week-long winter celebration.

Mark your calendar today so you don’t miss the next Detroit Lakes Polar Fest Ice Courtyard in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota in February!

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Best Polar Fest Hotels in Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

The Lodge on Lake Detroit & The Spa Within

The only way to improve Polar Fest is staying in one of the best Polar Fest Hotels in Detroit Lakes. However long your stay, you will find our Detroit Lakes Minnesota lake resort the perfect place to unwind after a busy day. What better way to relax than in The Lodge’s beautiful Fireside Lobby and LoLa D’s Lobby Bar & Bistro? Nestled in a lovely tree-filled setting on a private sandy beach, you’ll find the latest hotel style and amenities. The Lodge is independently owned and operated by Holland Hospitality, Inc., now providing a generation of hospitality excellence.

With our modern amenities and thoughtful design, we stand out among other lodging choices in Detroit Lakes, MN. For couples or family getaways, we offer a variety of rooms and suites with king, queen or two queen beds. Our free daily hot breakfast, free local calls, indoor heated pool and fitness center make the hotel a great place to recharge between enjoying Detroit Lakes attractions and activities. View Hotel Detail

Your room features lakefront views, free Wi-Fi and wired internet, flat-screen TVs with extended channels. It is also equipped with mini-fridge, microwave, and coffee maker, and is pet and smoke free. View accommodation detail.

Detroit Lakes Day Spa: You will experience extensive menu of select spa treatment services at The Spa Within at The Lodge, many of which are exclusive signature treatments. A variety of facials and massage therapies will provide you a deeply relaxed state as part of your spa experience. Some of these revitalizing treatments include the use of warm and cold basalt stones for face and body.

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