Burlington Ice Festival


In 2016, the City hosted its first Ice Festival in December with great success! Visitors came from all around during the weekend to view the spectacular works of art. What developed was our annual Ice Festival, a family-friendly event for all ages. This year, the City is delighted to host the Wisconsin State Ice Carving Championship as part of the 2023 Ice Festival on Saturday, December 9 and Sunday, December 10! (See below for a list of activities on both days)

Over a dozen ice blocks will be placed throughout Wehmhoff Square Park. Each sculpture will be carved from a 300-pound block of ice that has been frozen in a special process to ensure that the blocks are crystal clear. The blocks are ten inches thick, twenty inches wide and stand forty inches tall on a wooden stand. The live sculpture carving, a favorite viewing attraction, showcases ice carvers using hand tools as they transform the massive blocks of ice into an array of giant masterpieces. When the competition is concluded, the sculptures are illuminated from underneath, which is a spectacular sight to see for days!

This event is free to the public and it is only made possible with the support of our community sponsors. Please take time to visit our sponsors below! The carvings will be completed by 3:00 pm on December 9. Come see them at your convenience for the next few days (weather pending)!

Schedule of Events - 2023 Schedule 

Saturday, December 9 and Sunday December 10 , 2023

Wehmhoff Square Park

Activities subject to change

Saturday Activities - December 9

Ice carving competition - Wehmhoff Square Park - 10 am to 3 pm
Kris Kringle Market in the Loop (E. Chestnut Street) – 10 am to 3 pm
Holiday music in the Loop - TBD
Santa in the Chalet - Wehmhoff Square Park – 2 pm to 4 pm
Carving will finish at 3 pm
Awards ceremony at 4 pm at the Napoli - 132 N. Pine St
View the sculptures lit up! – After dark

Carriage rides  will be available on Sunday only

Sunday Activities - December 10 - Family Day!

Horse wagon rides - Wehmhoff Square Park – 12 pm to 3 pm
Bonfire and s'mores - 12 pm to 2 pm
Santa in the Chalet Wehmhoff Square Park – 2 pm to 4 pm
Reindeer in Wehmhoff Square Park - 12 pm to 3 pm
Free cookies and Hot chocolate from English Settlement Church in the Wehmhoff Square Park gazebo - 12 to 3 pm
View the sculptures lit up! – After dark

* Activities subject to change

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Silver Sponsors



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Bronze Sponsors


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