Sixth annual Winter Ice Festival returns to Village at Leesburg

The day’s festivities include six renowned ice carvers competing for best in show and plenty of fun for the whole family.

large dragon carved from ice with orange lights
Photo courtesy of Village at Leesburg

Winter is upon us here in Northern Virginia.

The first snow of 2020 fell within the second week of the year and its remnants have been sticking around from daily temperatures in the 40s. 

But rather than see ice sticking to the road or piled up in parking lots, the Village at Leesburg wants you to see it turned into art. On Saturday, Jan. 18, don’t miss your chance to catch six world-renowned ice carvers compete to create incredible ice sculptures at the sixth annual Winter Ice Festival and Mega Block Ice Carving Competition

ice carver at village of leesburg for winter ice fest
Photo courtesy of Village at Leesburg

Families can watch as ice carvers turn large, solid blocks of ice into masterpieces, while enjoying local festivities throughout the day. Parents can grab cocktails at participating restaurants while kids skate on the iceless skating rink, chill out in the igloo lounge or snap a picture with Washington Capitals mascot Slapshot.

unicorn and horse blue and purple ice sculptures
Photos courtesy of Village at Leesburg

Ice carvers will start their creations at 9 a.m., but official festivities kick off at 1 p.m. // Village at Leesburg: 1602 Village Market Blvd. SE, Leesburg; 1-5 p.m.; free

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