When we were in Bruges we heard about a Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival – the only one of its kind in Europe. Located in Station Square, directly in front of the grand station building, the festival has become a Winter tradition in Bruges which fascinates people of all ages.
This year saw a World first, a unique interpretation of the new Disney film ‘Frozen’, the big-screen comedy adventure. It follows on from last time which saw the Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival create 90 Disney characters to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Disneyland Paris.
Frozen is based on a fearless optimist called Anna who sets off on an epic journey. She teams up with rugged mountain man Kristoff and his loyal reindeer Sven, to find her sister Elsa, whose icy powers have trapped the kingdom of Arendelle in eternal Winter. Encountering Everest-like conditions, mystical trolls and a hilarious snowman named Olaf, Anna and Kristoff battle the elements in a race to save the Kingdom.
This icy wonderland was created by 28 exceptionally talented artists from 11 countries. Using 250 tonnes of ice, it took 5 weeks to pull together this remarkable exhibition in -6 degree temperatures.
We only heard about the Disney association when we bought our tickets. We weren’t sure what we’d see prior to that although the locals recommended we visit. Once inside the building we entered the ice palace through what appeared to be a fire door. A breathtaking sight greeted us on the other side. The attention to detail was astounding, not just the Disney characters but the ice palace itself. It was incredible albeit a tad chilly!
A few people warmed up at a bar with a glass of something ‘on the rocks’. Others enjoyed a ride on an ice slide which finished by Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. We didn’t stay too long as we didn’t want POD to get cold but wow! What a truly magical experience.