Things are heating up in Richmond, Indiana this January! The sounds of chainsaws buzzing, children laughing and live music all welcome you as you arrive in Richmond for the Meltdown Winter Ice Festival from January 23 – 26th.
For the past 7 years, thousands of visitors from hundreds of miles away have traveled to Richmond for the Meltdown Winter Ice Festival. It’s a cool festival you don’t want to miss!
Watch amazed as world-renowned ice artists transform the town into an unforgettable winter wonderland where exquisitely detailed carvings, thrilling ice carving competitions, lively winter activities, and fun collide.
Take in the magical creations along Main Street and Elstro Park Plaza. Meet the artists and pose with more than 35 dazzling sculptures. During the festival, over 22 tons of ice will be intricately designed and sculpted into works of art – that’s about three-and-a-half times as heavy as an Elephant.
Bring the whole family as there are amble opportunities for children to enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience. A visit to the Interactive Play Zone offers a cool experience that is sure to bring the biggest of smiles with it. Here, you and your family can enjoy a variety of games made of ice including corn hole, ping pong, chess, skee-ball and a chance to glide down an ice slide.
Starting at the Welcome Center, the popular Frozen Fairy Trail offers 10 fun filled stops through the town that offer free crafts, games or winter themed activities for families to enjoy. The Frozen Fairy Trail is a whimsical opportunity to explore multiple businesses and collect enchanted memories.
While at the Welcome Center, pick up your Magical Snowflakes on Main passport to embark on a journey through Downtown Richmond! Large snowflakes will be placed along Main St. with positive, uplifting quotes. Participants will collect code words from each snowflake to form a secret message. Completed passports offer you a chance to win some big prizes including tickets for Disney on Ice, Skiing, Snow Tubing, and Ice Skating!
Things really heat up with a blazing hot show from Bales Fire Fox. Watch in awe as these local fire performers dance, twirl and breathe fire – it’s a must see show! The flames continue for two nights as the ice carvers take the stage in Elstro Plaza for the most anticipated ice carving events. These exhilarating ice sculpting competitions take place between pro carvers and 1,200 lbs. of ice using chainsaws, chisels and yes, flames! Join in on the fun as the audience cheers and chants for their favorites and ultimately decides the champion. These high-octane ice carving showdowns will take place Friday, January 24th & Saturday, January 25th at Jack Elstro Plaza. Competitions on both nights start at 7:30 p.m.
Additional activities taking place throughout the week include pub craws, a coloring contest, lego contest, hot chocolate stations, live music, fireworks and more! Grab your coats, hats and gloves and embark on a winter weekend getaway!
You can’t go wrong with a weekend trip to one of the coolest festivals around! Find the entire schedule and more details on the Meltdown website.