January 29, 5 to 9 p.m.
January 30, noon to 6 p.m.
Rain Dates: February 5-February 6
Beat the winter blues and head to Chestnut Hill on Ice, January 29 and 30, for socially distanced ice-themed attractions, including the return of world-renowned ice sculptor Peter Slavin and Philadelphia’s own Ice Sculpture Philly, cold weather activities and cozy comforts, live music, restaurant and retail specials, and adult beverages.
The two-day event is free to attend, with pay-as-you-go activities for all ages and will take place along Germantown Avenue between Rex Avenue and Willow Grove Avenue.
Activities & Attractions
- 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. Admission is $10 per person; tickets should be purchased in advance. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only 19 skaters will be allowed in the rink at one time. The rink will be located at 150 East Evergreen Avenue and will be open Saturday, January 30, from noon to 5 p.m.
- Ice Sculptures & Live Ice Carving Demonstrations: Masterfully crafted ice sculptures will be displayed along Germantown Avenue on Friday and Saturday. Live ice carving shows by Peter Slavin and his team will take place at Laurel Hill Gardens (8125 Germantown Avenue) on Friday, January 29 from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, January 30, from 1 to 3 p.m. Ice Sculpture Philly is the world’s first performance ice sculpting company, combining action, adventure, humor, drama, and audience participation to create an unforgettable experience.
- Yurt Village: Get inspired for winter “glamping” and cozy up at the Yurt Village, located at Laurel Hill Gardens (8125 Germantown Ave), with tents fitted out with chic furnishings styled by HOST Interiors and Summer Classics. Master artist Peter Slavin of Ice Sculpture Philly will also be outfitting a yurt with furnishings carved entirely from ice! The Yurt Village will be open Friday and Saturday during regular Chestnut Hill on Ice hours.
- 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 30, at 5:30 p.m., at 150 East Evergreen Avenue.
- 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 on Friday night and Saturday during Chestnut Hill on Ice.
- 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 on Friday and Saturday. Participating restaurants include: El Poquito (Beef Chili), Chestnut Hill Grill (Vegetarian Chili), McNally’s Tavern (Turkey Chili, plus a Baker Street baguette for $20), All the Way Live Cafe (Chickpea Chili), Cosimo’s Pizza Cafe (Turkey chill with garlic knots for $9.99), Mimi’s Market & Café (Turkey and Veggie Chili), Campbell’s Place (Beef Chili) Chestnut Hill Brewing (Vegan Chili), Tavern on the Hill (Beef Chili), Baker Street Bread Co. (Turkey Chili) and more to be announced soon!
- Live Music: On Saturday, January 30, from 6 to 9 p.m., enjoy cover band Chorduroy Acoustic Duo as they perform 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 30, from 3 to 5 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.
Chestnut Hill On Ice 2021 will comply with all government guidelines to ensure the safety of the public. All participants must wear a face covering over the nose and mouth at all times during the event, except when eating and drinking in restaurants’ approved outdoor dining areas. Individual businesses will also be enforcing mask-wearing and store capacity limits. Chestnut Hill Business District staff will be controlling entry to the Blue Lot (location for iceless ice skating rink and ice bonfire) and Laurel Hill Gardens (location for live ice sculpting and yurt village) and anyone not wearing a mask will not be admitted to these attractions. As required by City of Philadelphia outdoor event regulations, the maximum number of persons at the Blue Lot or Laurel Hill Gardens locations may not exceed 50 persons at any given time, and the maximum capacity of the ice rink may not exceed 19 skaters; these capacity limits will be posted and enforced. Guests may be required to wait to enter at peak times. All skating equipment will be sanitized after each use by employees of the attraction.
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