2011 Hamilton Ice Fest

Ice Fest is a fun, free winter activity for families in Hamilton, Ohio.  Held every two years on the third weekend in January, Ice Fest is a huge display of ice sculptures displayed around the historic Butler County Courthouse and throughout the downtown area.

See spectacular ice carvings at Ice Fest in Hamilton, Ohio. This fun event for families is free to attend.

Hundreds of ice carving artists carve sculptures according to the festival’s theme. The theme of this year’s Ice Fest was literature, which was really cool since the girls got to see ice sculptures depicting some of their favorite books.

It was extremely cold this year, which was great for the ice carvings, but not so great for all the humans wandering around.  We bundled up extremely well and enjoyed looking at all the spectacular ice carvings despite our freezing fingers and toes.

Here are some of our favorite carvings from the 2011 Hamilton Ice Fest…

Ice carving of Dorothy from the Wizard of Oz. See spectacular ice carvings at Ice Fest in Hamilton, Ohio. This fun event for families is free to attend.

Dorothy from The Wizard of Oz

Moby Dick Ice Sculpture. See spectacular ice carvings at Ice Fest in Hamilton, Ohio. This fun event for families is free to attend.

Moby Dick

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie Ice Sculpture. See spectacular ice carvings at Ice Fest in Hamilton, Ohio. This fun event for families is free to attend.

If You Give a Mouse a Cookie

The Littlest Skyscraper ice sculpture. See spectacular ice carvings at Ice Fest in Hamilton, Ohio. This fun event for families is free to attend.

The Littlest Skyscraper

Hansel and Gretel ice sculpture. See spectacular ice carvings at Ice Fest in Hamilton, Ohio. This fun event for families is free to attend.

Hansel and Gretel

Darth Vader ice sculpture. See spectacular ice carvings at Ice Fest in Hamilton, Ohio. This fun event for families is free to attend.

Darth Vadar from Star Wars

See spectacular ice carvings at Ice Fest in Hamilton, Ohio. This fun event for families is free to attend.

I loved the effect of the roses frozen into this sculpture.

Harry Potter ice sculpture. See spectacular ice carvings at Ice Fest in Hamilton, Ohio. This fun event for families is free to attend.

Of course, I had to take a picture of Kaylee with the Harry Potter sculpture

Ice sculpture of Harry Potter House Crests. See spectacular ice carvings at Ice Fest in Hamilton, Ohio. This fun event for families is free to attend.

Another Harry Potter one, this time depicting the four house crests at Hogwarts.

Curious George ice sculpture. See spectacular ice carvings at Ice Fest in Hamilton, Ohio. This fun event for families is free to attend.

Curious George

 

Winnie the Pooh ice sculpture. See spectacular ice carvings at Ice Fest in Hamilton, Ohio. This fun event for families is free to attend.

Winnie the Pooh

We had a great time looking at all the sculptures and will have to remember to come back in 2013 for the next Ice Fest.  If you stick around until the evening, you can see the ice sculptures all lit up at night.

To learn more visit the Hamilton Ice Fest website.

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See spectacular ice carvings at Ice Fest in Hamilton, Ohio. This fun event for families is free to attend.

While you are here, be sure to check out the rest of our ideas for fun things to do and see in Ohio.

Have you ever visited the Hamilton Ice Fest?  What was your favorite sculpture?  Happy exploring!




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