Mayor Sandra Cooper and members of Collingwood council competed for bragging rights (actually they were just trying to survive!) on the VIP Ice Slide
The Battle of the Chainsaws competition was a popular event
Mother Nature certainly did her part to set the table for the Collingwood Frozen in Time Festival. The cold weather didn’t stop big crowds from attending and having fun at this annual event.
This year’s festival offered an expanded list of activities and attractions for the whole family to enjoy.
Mike Houle from Ice Culture puts the finishing touches to the BIA’s 40th Anniversary Ice Sculpture
Ice Sculpture sponsored by the Collingwood Connection was just one of many frozen works of art that line the downtown streets
The highlight of the festival continued to be the many ice sculptures that lined the streets of downtown Collingwood.
Ice carvers went head-to-head in a Battle of the Chainsaws as they quickly turned blocks of ice into amazing works of art.
Other popular events included family wagon rides throughout the downtown district, the Winter Wonderland Village with outdoor games, two street hockey rinks and an outdoor fire for everyone to huddle around to warm up in the bitterly cold conditions.
Winter Wonderland Village featureed festive eats and treats from local restaurants including mulled wine and German sausage around a crackling fire, hot apple cider and southern cuisine with a local twist, wood-fired pizza, as well hot chocolate and seasonal lattes.
The Living Water Celebration Stage on Simcoe Street was home to live entertainment including performances by Tyler Boyle, Lori Hough and Erin McAndrew.
An exciting addition to this year’s festival was the 40 foot long double ice slide at Tremont Lane.
Another new attraction was an audio/visual experience entitled “HORIZON – A Visual Symphony of Canada in the SESQUI 360 Film Dome at Central Park Arena.
Richard Lex provided many indoor activities for the whole family to enjoy inside at the Simcoe Street Theatre including free films, concerts and theatre performances each day. Across the street, the Collingwood Library is hosting many activities including a kids’ craft centre, imagination playground, toy testing station and story times.
The Town of Collingwood hit a home run with the expanded lineup at this year’s Frozen In Time Festival!
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