York Ice Trail 2019

On Saturday 2 February 2019, York is getting an icy makeover and we don't mean because of the weather.

York Ice Trail is back with a new date, new activities and more ice sculptures than ever! Now 50 ice sculptures will lead you around the city's historic streets, including parts of the city you may not usually visit.

With a new date brings more room for activities across the city. We've picked out a selection of highlights to look out for on the day. 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.

Hands on with the Ice

Ever fancied trying your hand at ice carving? Visit the Ice Centre (Parliament Street) and see if you can carve your name into the ice and learn just how difficult it is to shape. The carving wall is open from 12pm and is a fun 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 Hailun Square (St Helen's Square) – the centre of Chinese New Year celebrations in the city. Watch as the master craftsmen shape and mould the ice from a solid block into a majestic Phoenix! Plus; don’t miss the special Chinese New Year celebrations taking place at York Mansion House over the weekend.Blog - York Ice Trail 2019 - Pheonix Fire

Tip: Be sure to head back before 3.30pm for the chance to see the elements of fire and ice mingle giving you the ultimate photo opportunity, like the one above! Don't forget to share your photos with us on social media is #YorkIceTrail19 and tagging @VisitYork.

Fancy a challenge?

We have three interactive challenge sculptures where you have the chance to win prizes. Using only what you have on you, can you carve away at these sculptures to win chocolate, a YorkPass or Everyman Cinema tickets?

Hero Camp

This is a perfect place to take a break. Check out the hero themed sculptures and pop into Middletons Hotel to watch some super hero movies. If your mini heroes come dressed as their favourite superhero, they'll get a free hot chocolate.

Photo Favourites!

As well as these interactive sculptures and activities, here is a selection of family favourite sculptures:

Migo (Big Foot) at Coppergate Centre is one of our tallest sculptures and will be an incredible sight. Get your small feet down to see him for a photo opportunity with the giant.

At point 1 on the York Ice Trail map, you have the Griffin. With wings that are going to look incredible on Blake Street, get this sculpture ticked off early and get a photo with the majestic creator. You can also the use Facebook Camera lens on our Facebook event. You'll be right next to our Visitor Information Centre, so pop in to pick up a map to start your ice trail adventure!

Little Niffler has escaped from Newt again and has been out looking for gold coins. If you check his point, you might just find some... You can find Niffler at point 24 in the Shambles Market on the York Ice Trail map. Grab some lunch from the Shambles Food Court or take a look around some of the market stalls whilst you're here.

Visit the Wishing You Well, an icy take on a wishing well. Place your coin at the top of the sculpture and watch it through it. This fun sculpture can be foudn at point 22 on the York Ice Trail map at the Ice Centre (Parliament Street).

If you're looking for the perfect place to get a selfie, the Viking Helmet at point 37 on Micklegate is a great place to go. Put your face behind the sculpture and you'll be transformed into a Viking warrior. You can look out for other photo opportunities using the camera icon on the York Ice Trail map.

Alan Milner Visit York Blog