Heikki Lunta Winter Festival

Heikki Lunta Negaunee Upper Peninsula Michigan

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Events and Schedule


Friday – January 28, 2022


5pm – Lighting of the Traditional Bon Fire (Tobin and Iron Streets)

5 – 10 pm – Irontown Rail Jam (300 block of Rail & Iron Streets)

            5 pm – 5:45  General Public

            6 pm – Competition

5-7 pm - FIsh Fry at the Eagles

6:00 – 9 pm – UP Luge Club activities, public sliding (registration & regular rates apply)

6-8 pm – Snowshoe Lantern Tours of Historic Old Town


Saturday – January 29, 2022

7am – 2 pm – Teal Lake Ice Fishing Tournament sponsored by the South Shore Fishing Association

8 - noon - Breakfast at the Eagles

9am – 11am – Breakfast at the Elks sponsored by the Irontown Association

Bloody Mary Bar hosted by the Negaunee Elks

11am – 4 pm – Up Luge Club  activities, public sliding,snow shoe trail, bon fire

11am – 4 pm – Ishpeming Ski Club – AM training, Open House and Trails

11am - Midnight - Open House Negaunee VFW

1 - 3 pm - All School Art Show sponsored by the Knights of Columbus (St. Paul's Gym)

3 - 6 pm - Sledding Party Sponsored by Smarty's Saloon & Gourmet Smores Sponsored by Super One Foods and the Negaunee Lions Club

6 – 8 pm – Snowshoe Lantern Tours of Old Town

6 - 8 pm – Freeze Yer Fanny Fatbike Race

8:30 pm  – Fireworks





It’s back baby! Last year’s Heikki Lunta event got put on ice due to Covid but 2022 brings the premiere winter festival back and better than ever. The Heikki Lunta Winter Festival presented by Travel Marquette, WJMN, The Compound Ski and Snowboard Shop, and Negaunee’s DDA is scheduled for Friday, January 28 and Saturday, January 29, 2022. The event is also sponsored by Eagle Mine, NMU, OK Rental, and The Fire Station.

The weekend will bring back some fan favorites from the classic festival together with several new and exciting events including the inaugural Irontown Rail Jam and Snowboard competition. The weekend will kick-off at 5 pm with the lighting of the traditional bonfire at Tobin and Iron Streets. Spectators won’t want to miss the excitement of the Irontown Rail Jam Competition as snowboarders and skiers display their tricks and turns starting at 6:00 p.m. Friday evening will also include activities at the UP Luge Club, Lantern Snowshoe Tours of Old Town, a stroll through the Tunnel of Lights, and specials and treats featured by local restaurants and pubs.

Saturday’s events start at 7 a.m. with the South Shore Fishing Association’s Teal Lake Ice Fishing Tournament. Catch breakfast at the Elks Club then take in the day’s activities at both the UP Luge Club and the Ishpeming Ski Club sites. Restaurants and pubs will be open all day serving great food and drinks. Evening snowshoe lantern tours of Old Town resume and rounding out the day’s events will be the “Freeze Yer Fanny Fatbike Race” at 6 p.m. Closing out the weekend the crowd will be treated to a winter firework display presented in part by Jackson’s Pit Grill & Bar.

For more info contact Mona Lang -mslang@cityofnegaunee.com

Heikki Lunta Winter Festival & Irontown Rail Jam Sponsors

Gold Sponsors

  • Travel Marquette
  • WJMN
  • WKQS-FM Sunny 101.9

Also presented by: 

  • The Compound Ski and Snowboard Shop
  • OK Rental

Copper Sponsors

  • Northern Michigan University (NMU)
  • Eagle Mine
  • The Fire Station
  • Tino's Pizza
  • Jackson's Pit

Iron Sponsors

  • Signs Now
  • Honor Credit Union
  • Snyder Drugs
  • GEI Consultants
  •  UP Engineers and Architects
  • Coleman Engineering
  • UP Insurance
  • 44 North
  • Fox Negaunee
  • PSE (Power Systems Engineering)
  • Miller Canfield

Event Sponsors  

  • First Bank
  • Snapp Building Co
  • Cattron's
  • Midtown Bakery
  • Jackson's Pit
  • 1844
  • Barr's Bar
  • Smarty's
  • Tino's Pizza
  • Pasquali's
  • Holiday Gas Stations
  • Two Hearted Timber
  • Stone Hearth Firewood
  • Super One
  • Lions Club
  • Eagles
  • Rotary Club
  • Knights of Columbus
  • UP Fabrication
  • Irontown Association
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