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Carve this Way (Posted On: Wednesday, December 21, 2011)

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The Collingwood Downtown Ice Sculpture Festival is the perfect way to end 2011. Just like the extra sprinkles topping on the perfect cake, the ice festival will put the perfect frosting on the top of the year. Starting on Tuesday, December 27h and continuing until New Years Eve, the Ice Sculpture Festival will have the downtown sparkling like diamonds;

with more than twenty winter sports themed hand carved ice sculptures by the world renowned Canadian ice carving company ‘Iceculture’.

Iceculture is one of the larger players in the hospitality ice business, worldwide, and is recognized as a leader when it comes to developing unique and exciting designs in ice, such as the beaded ice curtain and the ice portrait. The company currently holds the Guinness World Record for the largest ice sculpture; created for GM at the Canadian Auto Show in Toronto using 2000 blocks of ice and completed by a team of fourteen ice carvers. Iceculture has also designed and installed more than twenty permanent and semi-permanent ice lounges and restaurants around the world – in Dubai, Thailand, South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Portugal, India, Greece and throughout the United States. The Ice Sculpture Festival in Collingwood’s Downtown will consist of more than 22,000 pounds of ice!

The Ice Sculptures will be located throughout the downtown, so take advantage of this opportunity to see master Ice Carvers creating the winter sports you love in ice. Carving demonstrations will be staged from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, December 28 to 30.   Explore historic downtown Collingwood every day and discover the new sculptures as you wander the historic streets. The evening brings a unique experience as the sculptures are lit, creating a magically icy feeling that you won’t want to miss.

For those of you who enjoy the old fashioned atmosphere of historic downtown Collingwood, you’ll love the horse drawn wagon rides, leaving from in front of Collingwood’s Town Hall (under the clock tower) on Hurontario Street, daily from Wednesday, December 28 to Friday December, 30 from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., and Saturday December 31 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.    Add in free public skating at the Collingwood arena (located beside Town Hall), daily from 11 a.m. to Noon, Wednesday to Friday, and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11a.m., and you will also be carving your way through the holidays.

On New Year’s Eve Day, plan a family day in Collingwood’s Downtown. Start with carving the ice at the Eddie Bush arena with a free public skate from 9 a.m. to 11a.m., followed by an icy Scavenger Hunt from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., starting in front of Collingwood’s Town Hall.  Then enjoy a horse drawn wagon ride throughout the historic core of the town.  What a great way to end the year with all these family friendly activities provided by the businesses of Downtown Collingwood and the Town of Collingwood, all at no charge to you as we welcome the new year. And remember there is no charge for parking throughout the downtown during the holiday season.

Whether you have just carved the turkey or finished a day of carving on the slopes, carve your way into Downtown Collingwood for the Ice Sculpture Festival from December 27 to 31. You’ll be glad you did.

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