If anyone had doubts about moving the Ice Trail from December, they were well and truly quashed today.

The event turned an ordinary February Saturday into a festival. Thousands of people came in to York city centre eager to see the 50 amazing sculptures dotted around the city.

There was plenty to do, too, from chipping out chocolate bars from their frozen prison to helping to carve the Parliament Street centrepiece.


The Hero Camp offered more fun at Middletons Hotel.

The sculptures themselves – from a roaring T Rex to a stunning Millennium Falcon – were better than ever, thanks to the creative geniuses at Glacial Arts.

Crowds watched the artists live carve a Phoenix and then set it alight. And there was even lion dancing, to celebrate Chinese New Year.

All in all, the York Ice Trail – organised by Visit York and sponsored by the York BID – was a brrrilliant success.

If you didn’t get to see them all, don’t worry. Here’s all 50 – taken by you.

Ice Gallery

1. Griffin – Blake Street

Make It York

2. Skipper – St Leonard’s Place

York Theatre Royal

3. JackJack – Gillygate

The York BID

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4. Cookie Monster – St Maurice’s Road

Doubletree Hilton York

5. Ice Train – High Petergate

National Railway Museum

6. The Heart Of Yorkshire – Minster Piazza`

York Minster

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7. Roary The Lion – Goodramgate

The York BID

8. Angel – Swinegate

Lucia Bar

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9. Squirt Surfing The Wave – Little Stonegate

Turtle Bay

10. Jordan’s Pegasus

Kennedys

11. Wheelbarrow of Flowers – Stonegate

The Botanist

12. #Bettys100 – St Helen’s Square

Bettys

13. Your Carriage Awaits – Davygate

First Group

14. York Pass Challenge – Parliament Street

Visit York

Photograph: Richard McDougall

15. Pillories – Parliament Street

York Dungeon

16. H Is For Hungate – Parliament Street

Hungate York Regeneration

17. Floral Butterfly – Parliament Street

Bloom

18. Shakespeare – Parliament Street

Lunchbox Productions

19. Shuffleboard – Parliament Street

York Ice Trail

Photograph: YorkMix

20. Carving Wall – Parliament Street

York Ice Trail

21. Chocolate Challenge – Parliament Street

York Ice Trail

Photograph: Richard McDougall

22. Wishing You Well – Parliament Street

York Teaching Hospital Charity

Photograph: Richard McDougall

23. UFO – Parliament Street

York TalkTalk UFO

24. Niffler – Shambles Market

Shambles Market

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25. Sorting Hat – Shambles

Hunters

26. Cheshire Cat – Piccadilly

Spark:York

27. Unicorn – Walmgate

The York BID

28. Dragon’s Head – Tower Street

York Ice Trail

29. Mermaid – Castlegate

The York BID

Photograph: Claire Mylchreest

30. A Secret Unmasked – Coppergate Centre

Fenwick

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31. Dragon Hatchling – Coppergate Centre

Coppergate Centre

32. Migo – Coppergate Centre

Coppergate Centre

33. DoYouThinkTheySaurus – Coppergate Centre

Eboracum Security

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34. Groot – Skeldergate

Middletons Hotel

35. Iron Man – Skeldergate

Middletons Hotel

36. Everyman Cinema Challenge – Skeldergate

Middletons Hotel

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37. Viking Helmet – Micklegate

The York Bid

38. Magical Chalice – Station Road

Principal Hotel

Photograph: Jennifer Kendrew

39. The Grand – Station Rise

The Grand Hotel

40. Millennium Falcon – Rougier Street

The York BID

41 & 42. Pirate Face & Ship’s Wheel – Lendal Bridge

City Cruises York

43. The Judge’s Gavel – Lendal

Judges Lodging

44. Seahorse – Spurriergate

Stormfront

Photograph: Richard Saward on Twitter

45. Azuma Train – Coney Street

LNER

46. Zeus – Coney Street

Shepherd Group

47. Dionysus – Coney Street

The Ivy York

48. Cathay Aircraft – St Helen’s Square

Cathay Pacific

49. Year Of The Pig – St Helen’s Square

Manchester Airport

50. Phoenix – St Helen’s Square

Visit York

 

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