This is always such a cool event, no pun intended! So glad it’s back. There are so many cool activities, there is something for everyone.
Grab your mittens and scarf and head to Chestnut Hill on Ice on January 28 and 29 for unique ice-themed attractions, including a pop-up iceless ice skating rink, ice bar, and live ice carvings.
Chestnut Hill on Ice is free to attend, with pay-as-you-go activities for all ages. Chestnut Hill on Ice features dozens of ice carvings along Germantown Avenue, live demonstrations, and work from world-renowned ice sculptor Peter Slavin and his team from Ice Sculpture Philly, with additional cold-weather activities.
There will be plenty of restaurant and retail specials for those looking for cozy comforts, including chili, hot drinks, and adult beverages. There will also be live music and other pop-up activities.
2022 Chestnut Hill on Ice activities include:
• Ice Sculptures & Live Ice Carving Demonstrations: Masterfully crafted ice sculptures will be displayed along Germantown Avenue on Friday and Saturday.
• Iceless Ice Skating Rink: Visitors of all ages will enjoy gliding across an iceless rink, socially distanced from other skaters, in this all-weather activity. Skates in varying sizes and walkers for non-skaters will be available on site.
• Ice Bonfire: Stay warm and cozy as Chestnut Hill on Ice concludes with an impressive eight-foot bonfire encased in a pillar of ice on Saturday, January 29, at 5:30 p.m., at 150 East Evergreen Avenue.
• Ice Bar at Market at the Fareway: Chestnut Hill Brewing Company will host an outdoor ice bar carved entirely out of ice blocks in its outdoor beer garden located at 8221 Germantown Avenue, created exclusively for Chestnut Hill on Ice. Enjoy ice-cold locally-brewed beers, wines, and hot drinks at their outdoor ice bar.
• Axe Throwing: New for 2022! On Friday and Saturday, bring out your inner lumberjack with a fun game of axe throwing located at Laurel Hill Gardens (8125 Germantown Avenue). Each game provides 10 axe throws at the bullseye and includes training/instruction by expert staff for first-timers. Side-by-side throwing lanes make it easy for friends and family to compete next to each other. Participants must be 14 years or older. Tickets are available for $15 by pre-sale HERE and will be available on-site on a firstcome, first-served basis.
• Warming Stations: Stations with fire pits will be located along Germantown Avenue, offering attendees the chance to warm up while enjoying warm adult- and children-friendly beverages and snacks.
• Stateside Vodka will offer bottle sales at their mobile bar at Laurel Hill Gardens (8125 Germantown Avenue) on Friday and Saturday.
• Chili Specials: Returning for the third year, Chestnut Hill’s restaurants will engage in a friendly competition to see who can cook up the most delicious chili. Taste one or taste them all while exploring the Hill. Participating restaurants can be found HERE.
• Live Music: On Saturday, January 29, from 6 to 9 p.m., enjoy acoustic covers by singer Dan Stepanukha as he performs live at Chestnut Hill Brewing Company (8231 Germantown Avenue). Sit outside, enjoy some tunes, and relax with an extensive list of beers and boozy cocktails that can be enjoyed in an ice mug. Also new for the season, a new winter-themed cocktail— a Salted Caramel Vodka Hot Chocolate.
• Meet the Snow Queens: On Saturday, January 29, from noon to 2 p.m., catch a glimpse of Snow Queen and her friend Ice Princess as they greet and take pictures with visitors at 150 East Evergreen Avenue. Masks must be worn to interact with Snow Queen and Ice Princess.