Don’t start thinking spring just yet. An annual festival that celebrates all things icy is coming to downtown Utica and it’s sure to get you feeling at least a little thankful for our most frigid season of the year.
The Utica Ice Festival is returning for another weekend of fun Feb. 12-14, 2016. Held along the historic streets of downtown Utica, the event gives people of all ages the chance to admire amazing ice sculptures that light up at night, enjoy great food and even meet Lancelot, the Utica Unicorns’ mascot for the United Shore Professional Baseball League.
Hours for the 2016 Utica Ice Festival are as follows:
- Friday: 4-9 p.m.
- Saturday: noon-9 p.m.
- Sunday: 8 a.m.-8 p.m.
All three days of the festival will feature ice sculptures on display, an ice rink with figure skating exhibitions and open skate, a warming center at City Hall (where you can also hop on a carriage ride), an entertainment tent with children’s activities and a warming house at the Utica Fire Department.
Bringing little ones along? You won’t want to miss a visit from Frozen‘s Elsa and Anna, arriving between noon and 4 p.m. Saturday at the entertainment tent. Ironman and Spider-Man will be there 2-4 p.m., too.
There’s also a life-sized Candy Land game at Memorial Park on Saturday and a magic show 1-2 p.m. Sunday at the City Hall warming center.
Saturday’s festivities will go out with a bang during the Fireworks Spectacular at Memorial Park. You’ll be able to view the fireworks show from all around the city at 8:20 p.m.
On Sunday, the Utica Lions Club presents a pancake breakfast at 8-11 a.m. at Hogs Hollow Smokehouse, located at 45108 Cass Ave. You can purchase tickets for the all-you-can-eat breakfast at the door for $5 for adults and $3 for kids.
Looking for additional info? Get the scoop on the 2016 Utica Ice Festival in the Metro Parent calendar!