Edinburgh’s Ice Adventure

The much anticipated Edinburgh’s Christmas has arrived for another year and thankfully you can expect to see all the usual attractions that make the capital’s festivities so special.

The big wheel, the German markets, ice skating, Santa’s grotto and the famous chair-o-planes are all back for the Christmas season. This year however, there is an additional feature which is guaranteed to put you in a festive mood.

Underbelly’s ‘Ice Adventure: A Journey Through Frozen Scotland’, is a wonderful new event located at the west end of George street and consists of a range of stunning snow and ice sculptures.

The Loch Ness Monster has been brought to life in this beautiful sculpture

The chilly walk-through experience has been inspired by Scotland’s captivating history as well as legendary mythical creatures. As you make your way through the forest-themed tent, you will definitely recognise some famous icy faces and creatures.

The incredibly lifelike sculptures include the much loved Greyfriars Bobby, Dolly the sheep, the Forth bridges, Robert the Bruce and the majestic Loch Ness Monster, just to name a few.

In order for the sculptures to keep their form, the temperature within the tent is kept at a crisp –10 C so hats, gloves, scarves and any other winter garments are a must. However, there is an option to warm up at the ice bar which offers a range of hot beverages as well as alcoholic drinks.

A stunning sculpture of the Queensferry Crossing which was opened by the Queen in September this year

This is a magical experience and as you walk through the tent, it is really quite astonishing to believe that every piece of art inside was made with human hands.

The Ice Adventure was created by Hamilton Ice Sculptors, a London based company which has been up and running for over 40 years and is the UK’s longest established ice sculpting company.

The professional sculptors have presented pieces all over the world from North America to China and have also worked with a range of celebrities including Justin Timberlake, Elton John, Beyoncé and even the Royal Family.

An icy depiction of Mary Queen of Scots before her execution

The company has also worked with a large number of big names including Sky, MTV, Selfridges, Birdseye and Kopparberg on advertising projects. So, you will have definitely seen some of their work before.

The Ice Adventure is expected to draw in a significant number of visitors over the festive period, so make sure you give it a visit before the end of the Christmas season.

Members of the public are welcome to enjoy the ice adventure from the 17th of December to the 24th of December. Tickets are £10 but those who live in an area with an EH postcode are eligible for a 20% discount. Visit the Edinburgh’s Christmas website now to book tickets!

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