The winter is almost there, and so is the fun it brings along. Together with the Light Festival, the ice rink on Museumplein and numerous Christmas markets, the Dutch Ice Sculpture Festival is going to make the cold and dark winter days a little bit more exciting!
With over 100,000 visitors annually, the Dutch Ice Sculpture Festival is definitely the biggest winter event in the country! And this year it comes to Amsterdam for the very first time.
The festival engages 42 ice artists from around the world, transforming 275,000 kilograms of ice (and the same amount of snow!) into unbelievable frozen sculptures. As the official website of the festival claims, there will be over 100 sculptures in total, some of them towering up to 6m high!
Each edition of the Ice Sculpture Festival has a different theme. This year, the frosty fairy tail is music-inspired, so expect everything from giant music instruments to the whole rock bands represented in ice.
The festival takes place at the Arena Boulevard in Amsterdam, which is close to Amsterdam Bijlmer ArenA train station. Get there by taking a train or metro and then follow the signs to ‘Nederlands IJsbeelden Festival’. See here for car routes and parking information.
The event starts on December 10, 2016 and will be there until March 5, 2017. The regular ticket price is €16,50 (€10 for kids 4-10 years old).