Super cool! First look at the frozen sculptures coming to York’s new Ice Trail

12 Nov 2015 @ 8.36 pm
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Parky pooch… the Yorkshire terrier chosen by the Monk Bar Hotel. Photograph: Make It York
Parky pooch… the Yorkshire terrier chosen by the Monk Bar Hotel. Photograph: Make It York

You’ve heard of a hot dog – well here’s a very chilly one!

This frozen sculpture of a Yorkshire Terrier will be one of 30 dotted around York for the first city-wide Ice Trail on December 12 and 13.

It’s the choice of the Monkbar Hotel. Other sculptures will include an ice skating Viking and Father Christmas.

Elsewhere you’ll see a frozen Flying Scotsman in St Helen’s Square and have the chance pose as James Bond at a 007 themed sculpture at the new Chapter House Bar and Games Room, Royal York Hotel.

Altogether more than 30 York businesses have each paid to sponsor their own ice sculpture.

Live ice carving will happen throughout the weekend in St Helen’s Square at 3pm each day. In the same square an ice Wishing Well, created on behalf of York Ice Trail sponsor Yorkshire Water, will raise money for the charity Water Aid. 

To add another shiver of excitement Bradley’s Jewellers plan to run a competition to win a platinum-certified diamond ring displayed inside their frozen diamond sculpture for the person who guesses its value.

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Flashback to the Festival Of Angels 2013. Photograph © Allan Harris on Flickr
Flashback to the Festival Of Angels 2013. Photograph © Allan Harris on Flickr

A walking trail marking the route will be available free of charge from the Visit York Information Centre on Museum Street from November 23.

The Ice Trail will be welcomed by the thousands of York people who were so disappointed by the cancellation of the Festival Of Angels last year, the event organised by traders in York’s Quarter that first brought ice sculptures to the city.

The weekend of frozen sculptures is a new addition this year to York’s St Nicholas Christmas Festival, which runs from 19 November to 23 December. 

Kate McMullen, from Ice Trail organisers Make It York, said:

We’d like to thank all of the businesses who’ve dug deep to sponsor these festive ice creations and especially Yorkshire Water. 

We’ll be encouraging people to share their photos of the Ice Trail on Twitter using #yorkchristmas as well as sharing their best photos of York at Christmas. 

With 30 sculptures across the city we hope everyone will have a favourite they would like to share.