Top 3 ice sculpting festivals to discover this winter

Christmas ice slide at the Manege Square Moscow

Every year, artists throughout the northern hemisphere sharpen their tools and get ready to work with one of the world’s most interesting materials – ice.

Whether it’s the way that ice catches the light on a clear winter day, or the knowledge that ice sculptures are the most temporary works, there is something truly special about the art form. Experience some of the very best ice art in the world by checking out these three very (verryyyy) cool ice sculpting events.

city break package1. London Ice Sculpting Festival

Enjoying a short break in London can be an attractive prospect at any time; the city isn’t one of the most popular in the world for nothing. However, each January the London Ice Sculpting Festival transforms Canary Wharf from a high-class business district into a wintry wonderland packed with games, displays and of course, exceptional ice art.

In addition to an international competition, the weekend-long events gives visitors the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and try their hand at ice sculpting. Budding ice artists can take up a mallet and chisel either during master classes or by having a go on the onsite graffiti wall. Meanwhile, those with a more tactical mind have the chance to play chess on a giant icy chess set.

View of Natural History Museum London, include Ice Rink

Thanks to the central location of the ice sculpting festival in London, it’s easy to get to from across the city. Our hotel, the Radisson Blu Edwardian Berkshire Hotel is a great choice if you’re looking for comfortable rooms and a convenient location for your trip. The Radisson Blu Edwardian, New providence Wharf in Canary Wharf also offers an ideal location. The ice sculpting festival in London provides world class exhibits, and you know that with Radisson Blu you can rely on a cozy and stylish place to warm up after a day of exploring in the cold!

2. Moscow Ice Festival

Ice Moscow is a traditional New Year festival held at Poklonnaya Hill. Artists carve miniature copies of some of Moscow's attractions, creating a wonderland made of ice. The festival has a different theme each year. One of the most famous examples was the 2018 Ice Festival , dedicated to the World Cup held in Russia in the same year. Symbols of participating countries in the World Cup, as well as the 11 Russian host cities, were among the things that were featured.

Ice town in Victory Park

From mid-December to mid-January the annual event, Moscow's Russian Winter Festival, is also running. The festival is celebrating Russian culture and is a must if you are visiting the city this time a year. Shop Russian Christmas gifts in the Christmas Village at Revolution Square and enjoy winter activities such as ice skating at Gorky Park. The festival usually also displays incredible ice sculptures.

Christmas ice slide at the Manege Square Moscow

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