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Posted on: November 16, 2021

Burlington Ice Festival December 11 & 12!

Ice fest poster - 2020 - header

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. 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 Activities - December 11

Ice carving competition - 10 am to 3 pm
Kris Kringle Market – 10 am to 4 pm
BHS  A Cappella Choir - 10 am to Noon
Santa in the Chalet – 2 pm to 4 pm
Bonfire and s’mores
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


Sunday Activities - December 12

Horse wagon rides – 12 pm to 3 pm
Reindeer – 12 pm to 3 pm
Kris Kringle Market – 10 am to 4 pm
Santa in the Chalet – 2 pm to 4 pm
Bonfire and s’mores
View the sculptures lit up! – After dark

* Activities subject to change

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