In 2016, the City hosted its first Ice Festival in December with great success! Visitors came from all around during the weekend to view the spectacular works of art. What developed was our annual Ice Festival, a family-friendly event for all ages. This year, the City is delighted to host the Wisconsin State Ice Carving Championship as part of the 2021 Ice Festival on Saturday, December 11 and Sunday, December 12! (See below for a list of activities on both days)
Over a dozen ice blocks will be placed throughout Wehmhoff Square Park. Each sculpture will be carved from a 300-pound block of ice that has been frozen in a special process to ensure that the blocks are crystal clear. The blocks are ten inches thick, twenty inches wide and stand forty inches tall on a wooden stand. The live sculpture carving, a favorite viewing attraction, showcases ice carvers using hand tools as they transform the massive blocks of ice into an array of giant masterpieces. When the competition is concluded, the sculptures are illuminated from underneath, which is a spectacular sight to see for days!
This event is free to the public and it is only made possible with the support of our community sponsors. Please take time to visit our sponsors below! The carvings will be completed by 3:00 pm on December 11. Come see them at your convenience for the next few days (weather pending)!
Schedule of Events - 2021 Schedule
Saturday, December 11 and Sunday December 12 , 2021
** DUE TO THE HIGH WINDS, THE KRIS KRINGLE MARKET HAD TO RELOCATE TO 2 FANCIE GALS, 225 E. JEFFERSON ST AND THE LOOP COMMONS, 488 MILWAUKEE AVENUE. THE MARKET WILL BE BACK IN WEHMHOFF SQUARE PARK ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 12.
BHS A Cappella Choir - 10 am to 12 pm
Bonfire and s'mores - 12 pm to 2 pm
Santa in the Chalet – 2 pm to 4 pm
Carving will finish at 3 pm
Awards ceremony at 4 pm at the Runaway Micropub & Nanobrewery - 109 E. Chestnut St
View the sculptures lit up! – After dark
Carriage rides and reindeer will be available on Sunday only