What do James Bond, a giant teapot, Yoda, a turtle and an ice-skating Viking have in common?
They are all the subjects of York’s first city-wide Ice Trail.
York city centre
Sat Dec 12-Sun Dec 13, 10am-5pm
Free walking guide available from the Visit York Information Centre on Museum Street
The city undergoes a frozen makeover as 30 works of art sculpted from solid ice are dotted around the streets this weekend (December 12-13).
Each one has been sponsored by a York business, in partnership with Make It York.
The overall weekend is sponsored by Yorkshire Water.
Where to see the sculptures
Royal York Hotel
Grand Hotel and Spa
Aslan the Lion
Graduate in cap and gown
Sponsored by York University
Judge’s Lodging, Lendal
The National Railway Museum
St Helen’s Square
St Helen’s Square
CityConnect Wifi Symbol
TalkTalk Ultra Fibre Optic Broadband
Kennedy’s, Little Stonegate
Banyan Bar and Grill, Little Stonegate
Turtle Bay Restaurant, Little Stonegate
York Minster piazza
Diamond containing a diamond ring
Bradley’s Jewellers, Low Petergate
The Yorkshire Bar Grill, Monkbar Hotel
Hotel du Vin
York St John University, Church Street
Chocolate In Ice
Make It York
High Heeled Shoe
Ice Skating Viking
Set Of Stocks
Clifford The Knight
York Conservation Trust
Soap Box Cart
Yoda from Star Wars
Live ice carving
Visitors will have the chance pose as James Bond at a 007 themed sculpture at the Chapter House Bar at the Royal York Hotel.
The ice sculptures are created by a team from Glacial Art. They will be demonstrating live ice carving in St Helen’s Square at 3pm each day.
Also in St Helen’s Square an ice Wishing Well, sponsored by Yorkshire Water, will be raising money for the charity Water Aid.
Bradley’s Jewellers are running a competition to win the platinum certified diamond ring embedded in their diamond ice sculpture. Guess the ring’s value and it could be yours.
On Micklegate you’ll find a go-kart frozen in ice, in anticipation of the traders’ Micklegate Run Soap Box Challenge planned for next summer.
Visitors to the Ice Trail will also have a chance to win two York Passes, a five star stay at the Grand Hotel and Spa and a dinner offered by Turtle Bay restaurant.
Kate McMullen from Make It York said they’d like people to share their photos on Twitter using #yorkchristmas and @visityork.
With thirty bespoke sculptures across the city we hope everyone will have a favourite they would like to share.
The Ice Trail weekend is a new addition this year to York’s St Nicholas Christmas Festival, which runs until December 23.
It comes after the Festival Of Angels, established and run by traders in York’s Quarter, was cancelled in 2014 owing to a lack of funds.