Wrap up warm for York Ice Trail this weekend

Saturday & Sunday, 1st-2nd February 2020

Put your parka over your party dress and join us for York Ice Trail this weekend.

A total of 40 frosty creations are waiting to be discovered, all inspired by a theme of ‘Fantastical Fiction & Fairy Tales.’

As always, we’re proud to be one of the businesses sponsoring their own custom installation. International ice sculpture champions Glacial Art have been let loose to a brief of a winter wonderland in the style Tim Burton, so expect to see his trademark eccentricity on show as we reimagine family favourite Dumbo like never before. The sculpture has been many months in the making, with original sketches first seen in the Summer.

York Ice Trail 2019 Event Cover

Having got an early preview of what’s to come, we’re particularly excited for you to see the likes of Guy Fawkes, Ewoks, Sonic the Hedgehog and the frozen pillories that will grace York’s streets. There’s always photo opportunities galore, so make sure you check out the official hashtag: #YorkIceTrail20

If you’re wondering where to start, the full list of sculptures can be found in this handy York Ice Trail map and below.

  • Mirror Mirror provided by Make It York
  • Guy Fawkes provided by St Peter’s School
  • Spongebob provided by City Cruises York
  • The Grand Safe provided by The Grand York
  • Miss Fritter provided by York Park & Ride
  • Breaking Ground provided by Palace Capital
  • Porg provided by the York BID
  • Ice Wall with Prizes provided by Judges Lodging
  • Harry Potter provided by Middletons Hotel
  • Hedwig provided by Middletons Hotel
  • Jawa provided by York BID
  • Cannon provided by York Army Museum
  • Sonic provided by Coppergate Centre
  • Gruffalo provided by Eboracum Security
  • Totoro provided by Spark:York
  • Ewok provided by York BID
  • Book provided by Hungate York Regeneration
  • Phoenix provided by Doubletree by Hilton
  • Crystal Fox provided by York BID
  • Grotesque provided by York Minster
  • Rocket provided by National Railway Museum
  • Repotted provided by The Botanist
  • Dumbo provided by Kennedys
  • Squirtle provided by Turtle Bay
  • Gingerbread Man provided by Bettys
  • Unicorn provided by Shepherd Group
  • Aslan provided by the William Birch
  • Luna’s Spectrespecs provided by Viewpoint
  • Viking Helmet provided by Little Vikings
  • Dragon Luge provided by Cut and Craft
  • White Beauty Rose provided by the Lucia Bar
  • Pocket Watch provided by the Bradley’s Jewellers
  • Sword In The Stone provided by Ancestral Name
  • Azume Selfie provided by LNER
  • Grouch provided by Forge Recycling
  • Curtains Up provided by The Grand Opera House
  • Sunflowers provided by the St Leonard’s Hospice
  • Pillories provided by The York Dungeon
  • Carving Wall provided by York Ice Trail
  • Live Carving provided by York Ice Trail

In addition to the trail, you’ll also find live ice carvings on Parliament Street. Glacial Art will be working their magic as they craft a bewitching sculpture from scratch and you too can put your own skills to the test at the Carving Wall.

At Kennedy’s, we’ll be breaking out the mulled wine and winter Pimms for one last weekend. They’ll also be our usual winter warmers on the food menu, including Klub ‘K’ burgers, loaded nachos, sumptuous steaks and buttermilk fried chicken & fries.

Should you find yourself near Skeldergate, Middletons Hotel is promising to put on its own enchanting experience complete with fire pits, owls, ales, shire horses, and a chance to win tickets to the Making of Harry Potter Warner Brothers’ Studio Tour.

York Ice Trail is one of our favourite weekends of the year and with 17,000 visitors expected to take part it seems we’re not the only ones.

With so much going on, the big question is: Can you tick all 40 installations of the list?

See you on Little Stonegate!

Photo credit: @cjjourneys on Instagram

Here are a few snaps taken from this years trail so far!

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