The Snow and Ice Sculpture Festival

December 9, 2013

PODcast IMG_0479When 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 POcast IMG_0607mountain 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 sidePODcast IMG_0619. 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.


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  • Claire December 9, 2013 at 6:18 am

    Wow this would be amazing to see 🙂

    • Charly Dove December 9, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      It was really great Claire – just chilly!

    • Claire December 9, 2013 at 12:39 pm

      Thanks for sharing with us at the blog hop 🙂

  • Erica Price December 9, 2013 at 7:15 am

    This looks wonderful. Would love to visit something like this. Can see how it could be a bit eerie though.

    • Charly Dove December 9, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      It was amazing Erica, definitely worth a visit if you come across it. Think the company that puts it together also does sand sculptures! A little eerie perhaps but incredible 🙂

  • The Reading Residence December 9, 2013 at 8:31 am

    Just wow! It looks stunning, and I’d so love to go. Boo and I went to see Frozen yesterday, so this’d be fantastic x

    • Charly Dove December 9, 2013 at 12:24 pm

      Thank you Jocelyn – so glad we heard about it. Sounds like Frozen is brilliant, we really want to see it now 🙂

  • Notmyyearoff December 9, 2013 at 8:41 am

    Wow that sounds really spectacular (and absolutely freezing!). I’d love to see it but I guess we wouldn’t have been able to stay long either with z in tow 🙂

    • Charly Dove December 9, 2013 at 12:26 pm

      It was brilliant Tas but decidedly chilly! I suspect many didn’t stay very long 🙂

  • Luci - mother.wife.me December 9, 2013 at 9:46 am

    Love these pix, love stuff like this – there’s something about ice (as long as I am not having to walk or skate on it!) #WhatsTheStory

    • Charly Dove December 9, 2013 at 12:26 pm

      Thank you Luci – the detail on the sculptures was amazing. Incredible stuff really 🙂

  • Anne December 9, 2013 at 11:27 am

    wow, those pics are amazing, wonderful sculptures (makes me think of Edward Scissorhands, lol) I have to say though, I actually suppressed a shiver while looking, it must have been freezing cold.

    • Charly Dove December 9, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      Thank you Anne – it was really cold. I don’t think many will have stayed very long 🙂

  • Dean December 9, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    This looks amazing! Did POD enjoy Frozen? I’m wondering whether little T would want to see it too. xx

    • Charly Dove December 9, 2013 at 7:58 pm

      We saw Frozen and she really did! She’d not been to the cinema before either 🙂

  • Sara (@mumturnedmom) December 9, 2013 at 3:23 pm

    This looks so amazing, it must have been beautiful, if chilly! What a lovely experience xx

    • Charly Dove December 9, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      Thank you Sara, it was an amazing show to see – so glad we went 🙂

  • Lou's Lake Views December 9, 2013 at 4:10 pm

    How lovely Charly! The Disney theme makes it extra magical and your photos are beautiful.

    • Charly Dove December 9, 2013 at 7:59 pm

      Thank you so much Lou – it was an incredible exhibition 🙂

  • MummaG December 9, 2013 at 5:23 pm

    That looks amazing!!

    • Charly Dove December 9, 2013 at 8:29 pm

      Thank you – it was wonderful to see it 🙂

  • Funky Wellies December 9, 2013 at 5:51 pm

    It looks absolutely enchanting… I cannot believe how defined the statues are.
    What a great visit, despite the cold – visible on POD’s and your hubby’s cheeks! 😉 xx

    • Charly Dove December 9, 2013 at 8:30 pm

      Incredible what they can do isn’t it! The photos of hubby and POD were taken about 10 minutes after we arrived. Chilly!

  • Mary @over40andamumtoone December 9, 2013 at 7:53 pm

    That looks totally amazing, how lucky to be in the right place at the right time. Fab photos

    • Charly Dove December 9, 2013 at 8:31 pm

      Thank you Mary. When does that ever happen! Rarely. So glad we got to see it 🙂

  • LauraCYMFT December 9, 2013 at 8:13 pm

    Really beautiful. It’s amazing what people can do with ice!

    • Charly Dove December 9, 2013 at 8:32 pm

      It really is – apparently the do sand too. Amazing. The detail was something else 🙂

  • Cheryl December 9, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    What intriguing statues. So detailed. Love the use of light. looking forward to seeing Frozen soon. #CreativeMondays

    • Charly Dove December 11, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      They really were amazing Cheryl. We’ve seen Frozen now, it was excellent 🙂

  • Kriss MacDonald December 10, 2013 at 5:49 am

    Your photos show how magical the ice show must be. What a wonderful opportunity to have seen them.

    • Charly Dove December 11, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      Thank you very much Kriss, it was an amazing show 🙂

  • Wicked World of Lucas December 10, 2013 at 6:58 am

    This looks so fab – what an amazing experience #whatsthestory

    • Charly Dove December 11, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      Thank you Cathie – was amazing to see 🙂

  • thereandbackagain December 10, 2013 at 11:57 am

    This looks great, the lighting is really atmospheric too!

    • Charly Dove December 11, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      The lighting really made some parts of this – incredible detail there 🙂

  • Mammasaurus December 10, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    How beautiful – what a beautiful thing to go to see. Stunning shots x

    • Charly Dove December 11, 2013 at 2:14 pm

      Thank you Annie – so glad we got to see it. Was chilly but great 🙂

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  • Alison December 12, 2013 at 8:52 am

    Gorgeous pictures, looks amazing

    • Charly Dove December 13, 2013 at 1:50 pm

      Thank you Alison – was great although v cold!

  • rachel Lote December 13, 2013 at 9:59 am

    Wow looks amazing! I might have to take a trip there next year or something depending on how money is.

    • Charly Dove December 13, 2013 at 10:14 pm

      You should Rachel – we got to Bruges really cheaply with Eurotunnel. You drive from Calais. Def worthwhile making a visit when this is on 🙂

  • Christine December 14, 2013 at 12:01 pm

    We visited this a few years ago too! Did it still have the slide made from ice? My kids loved that!

    • Christine December 14, 2013 at 12:26 pm

      Have just realised that of course it has the slide! Doh!

    • Charly Dove December 16, 2013 at 9:06 am

      How funny! It’s brilliant isn’t it. Would have loved to have a go on the slide but our toddler was starting to get cold 🙂

  • Coombe Mill - Fiona December 14, 2013 at 12:14 pm

    What an absolutely wonderful and amazing display, these sculptors are extremly talented. The use of the lighting is fantastic, I think our children would have been unable to resist the slide. Thanks for linking and sharing sharing with Country Kids.

    • Charly Dove December 16, 2013 at 9:07 am

      Thank you Fiona. It was a wonderful display and they worked the lighting incredibly well. Your kids would have loved it! The slide definitely 🙂

  • Sara (@mumturnedmom) December 14, 2013 at 9:00 pm

    Just popping back from #CountryKids 🙂

    • Charly Dove December 16, 2013 at 9:07 am

      Thank you Sara 🙂

  • jenny paulin December 15, 2013 at 10:36 pm

    we went to see Frozen at the cinema today so now i know who the charcters are, and the boys too, i now we would enjoy seeing these sculptures. How amazing are they and so clever too! wow. xx

    • Charly Dove December 16, 2013 at 9:11 am

      It makes such a difference being able to see that characters doesn’t it. I hope you enjoyed it, we saw it last week and it was great. The level of detail is something else 🙂

  • older mum in a muddle December 17, 2013 at 7:11 pm

    WOWsers… that is simply stunning. I was just thinking how they kept the sculptures from melting and then you answered my question…. -6 degrees. Chilly but very beautiful. What a lovely thing to go and see. X

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