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News release - Issued by Make It York

Britain’s biggest outdoor Ice Trail Coming to York…

The biggest outdoor Ice Trail in the UK will see 45 icy figures making an appearance in York next month. For one weekend in December the popular Ice Trail, sponsored by York’s Ultra Fibre Optic by TalkTalk, will transform the historic city. The brainchild of Make It York, the Trail hit the streets of York for the first time in December 2015 and has been hugely popular with families visiting York and with residents too.

Back for another glistening celebration on 9 and 10 December visitors can follow the trail to find the frosty sculptures made from crystal-clear ice and sprinkled across the city. From a Lego Batman on Walmgate to the Night King character from Game of Thrones on Blake Street, to Garfield at the Cat Gallery, the frozen creations have been sponsored by businesses from across the city. In St Sampson’s Square you can peer into the sky through Talk Talk’s Telescope and collect a ‘chill to reveal’ card for a chance to win a prize. Live carving sessions will also offer the chance to see the skill behind the icy creations on Saturday and Sunday in St Helen’s Square at 3pm.

Sally Greenaway, Head of Visit York said: “There are some fantastic designs this year and we’re excited to see the finished results. This is the largest outdoor Ice sculpture trail in the UK and we’re really proud York’s businesses have got behind it to showcase the beautiful city of York at its most festive.”

Richard Sinclair, General Manager for TalkTalk’s Ultra Fibre Optic Broadband said: “We’re thrilled to be the headline sponsor for a second year running. The York Ice Trail has been an incredible success and a great opportunity for members of our Ultra Fibre Optic Broadband team to meet with the local community. We look forward to seeing even more stunning ice sculptures this year!”

While you marvel at the icy creations, enjoy festive treats at the street food stalls, stop for an outdoor picnic at Shambles Food Court and sip mulled wine or a hot chocolate from a souvenir York Christmas mug, you can decide which sculpture is your next stop.

A highlight on the trail will be The Mighty Viking provided by Hungate York Regeneration. Standing at two metres tall he is one of the largest sculptures in the trail. For the first time this year Monks Cross and Vangarde shopping parks area are also included on the trail, offering visitors the chance to explore more of York by using the Park & Ride to travel into the city. Meanwhile Castle Howard’s cheeky chilled cherub heralds their spectacular ‘Angels on High’ decorative theme, you’ll find it at Low Petergate.

Mat Foster, Creative Director, Glacial Art, said: “Our chainsaws are oiled and our chisels are honed to razor sharpness as we begin the mammoth task of carving over 90 ice sculptures for this year’s York Ice Trail. This is without doubt the biggest project we have ever undertaken with over 10 tonnes of hand carved ice for you to enjoy.”

“If you see someone in a “Glacial Art” jacket please come and say hello if you have any questions. It’s not often we get let out of our freezers so we love to mix with the public and chat about our work. Remember to get out early so you can see the ice sculptures at their very best.” The Ice Trail is one of five themed weekends on the run up to Christmas including a Brass Bands Weekend (18 & 19 November), a Choir’s Weekend (25 & 26 November), a Family Weekend (2 & 3 December), complete with toy soldiers on stilts and donkeys and a Shambles Market Party Weekend (16 & 17 December). You can get a free Ice Trail Map from the Visit York Information Centre at 1, Museum Street and online at This year’s Christmas celebrations will run from 16 November right through to 22 December, all part of the York Christmas Festival.

The St Nicholas Fair will run for the full 37 days too, with extended late night shopping opening times: 10am to 6pm Sunday to Wednesday and 10am to 8pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday. During the York Christmas Festival First York has extended its Park & Ride services on Thursdays for late night shoppers with services every 15 minutes and city of York council is offering free car parking at Piccadilly Car Park from 3pm-9pm on Thursdays and Fridays.

Little explorers can collect a free York Ice Trail explorer badge from the Visit York Information Centre when they collect their map to walk the trail.


Notes to Editors:


1. Make It York - Night King (Game of Thrones) - Blake Street
2. Stockeld Park – Stockeld Santa – St Leonard’s Place
3. Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland – Bobo The Penguin – St Leonard’s Place
4. York BID – Minion – Gillygate
5. National Railway Museum – Replica of Stephenson’s Rocket - High Petergate
6. York Minster – Virgin Mary – Minster Piazza
7. Barley Hall – Boars Head – Stonegate
8. The Botanist – Green House – Stonegate
9. Kennedy’s – Jägermeister Luge – Little Stonegate
10. Turtle Bay – Pirate Turtle – Little Stonegate
11. Lucia Bar – Pig with Wings – Swinegate
12. The Cat Gallery – Garfield – Low Petergate
13. Castle Howard – Angels on High Cherub – Low Petergate
14. Bradley’s Jewellers – Diamond Ring in Ice – Low Petergate
15. York BID – Reindeer Face – Goodramgate
16. Doubletree by Hilton – Whippet in a Flatcap – Monkgate
17. Hungate York Regeneration – Mighty Viking – Whip-Ma-Whop-Ma-Gate
18. Premier Inn – Moonface – Kings Square
19. TalkTalk – York’s UFO Telescope – St Sampsons Square
20. Shambles Market – Treasure Chest – Shambles Market
21. Hunters – Cross Keys – Shambles
22. York BID – Dancing Reindeer – Fossgate
23. York BID – Lego Batman – Walmgate
24. Fenwick – Molton brown – Coppergate
25. Coppergate Centre – Aladdin’s Lamp – Coppergate
26. Coppergate Centre – Wings – Coppergate
27. Eboracum Security – Roman Soldier – Coppergate
28. City Cruises – Ships Wheel – Kings Staith
29. York Dungeon – Pillories – Hugh Ousegate
30. North Yorkshire Moors Railway – Tornado – Spurriergate
31. Stormfront – Smurfette – Spurriergate
32. York BID – Soapbox – Micklegate
33. First Group –Viking Boat – Station Road
34. Principal Hotel - Picture Frame – Station Road
35. The Grand Hotel – Hendricks Afternoon Teapot – Station Rise
36. Explore York – Peter Rabbit - Library Square
37. Judges Lodging – Judges Head – Lendal
38. Jack Wolfskin – The Ice Parka – Lendal
39. Mansion House – Siggy The Mansion House Dragon – St Helens Square
40. The Ivy – Theatre Masks – St Helens Square
41. The Escapologist, Selby – Laurence The Dog – Davygate
42. Pandora – Cinderella Charm – Davygate
43. Crabtree & Evelyn – Crab Apple Tree – Davygate
44. Vangarde Shopping Park – Gold Crested Newt – Vangarde
45. Monks Cross Shopping Park – BB-8 (Star Wars) – Monks Cross

York Christmas Festival and St Nicholas Fair run for 37 days: 16 November - 22 December with the return of Thor’s Scandinavian Tipi and the Living Advent Calendar; a trail of 25 shop windows, each revealing a special festive treat every day till 25 December, as well as a whole host of events at York’s world-class visitor attractions.

For further information please contact:

Kay Hyde – Head of PR and Corporate Communications – Make It York
Direct Line: 01904 554451
Mobile: 07506 048852