On 1-2 February 2020, a spell will be cast over York, giving the city an icy makeover and providing the people with frosty, fantastical and fairy-tale fun.

York Ice Trail is back, now as a two day event and with new activities. 40 ice sculptures will lead you on a quest around the city's historic streets, including parts of York you may not normally visit.

An extra day gives you more time to enjoy activities across the city. We've picked out a selection of highlights to look out for over the weekend. Be sure to download the York Ice Trail map for a full list of sculptures and join the York Ice Trail Facebook event for updates leading up to and on the day. To make the most of your trip to York for the Ice Trail, go to our Ice Trail hub page

Get Hands On With The Ice

Ever fancied trying your hand at ice carving? Visit Parliament Street and see if you can carve the ice yourself and learn just how difficult it is to shape. The carving wall is open from 12pm and is a fun, free activity to do whilst taking a break from exploring.

Live Ice Carving

There will be a live ice carving taking place from 12pm in St Sampson’s Square. Watch Glacial Art work their magic as they craft a majestic sculpture from scratch: a Chinese dragon!

Magical Middletons

Middletons have created an enchanting realm in the grounds of the hotel. Fire pits will warm chilly bones and little ones in magic-inspired costume can claim a free hot chocolate. There’ll also be owls, ales, shire horses, cinematic wizardry, and a chance to win tickets to the Making of Harry Potter Warner Brothers’ Studio Tour.

Cold Snaps 📷  

The ice sculptures are great for getting fun photos with friends and family. Here is a selection of some of the best photo opportunities:

At 2 metres tall and 1.5 metres wide, Rocket is this year’s biggest sculpture and an incredible sight. Get down to High Petergate, point 21, to see Stephenson’s majestic machine in all its ice cold glory, provided by the National Railway Museum.

At point 4 is The Grand’s safe, but what’s been found inside? Head to Station Rise to find out.     

Sponsors of the Ice Trail, York BID, have provided 4 Ice Sculptures this year, all from a long time ago and a galaxy far, far away. Use the force to find your way to points 7, 11, 16 and 19 to get pictures of them all.  

If you're looking for the perfect selfie, the Viking Helmet at point 29 in St Sampson’s Square is a great place to go. Put your face behind the sculpture and you'll be transformed into a Viking warrior. Provided by Little Vikings.

You can look out for other photo opportunities using the camera icon on the York Ice Trail map, which can be picked up from the Visitor Information Centre at 1 Museum Street or downloaded here.

Be sure to share your frosted finds with #YorkIceTrail20 and tag @VisitYork.


More info about the York Ice Trail 2020 can be found on our Ice Trail hub page