Downtown Ithaca’s Parade of Ice

Downtown Ithaca will be filled with 28 Ice sculptures, December 5th-9th as the Holiday Parade of Ice returns for its third year. The 28 ice sculptures, three of which will be over seven feet tall, will be found on the Commons in front of sponsoring merchants, on Aurora Street, at the Tompkins County Public Library, and in front of Dewitt Mall. The event will involve a public carving demo, unveiling ceremony, strolling musicians, Gallery Night, Santa’s grand rappelling entrance, an artist’s market and free kid’s entertainment in Center Ithaca. Downtown Ithaca’s Holiday Parade is made possible by the Tompkins County Room Occupancy Tax Fund, The Ithaca Journal, Center Ithaca and the Downtown Merchants.On Wednesday, Dec. 5th, the public is invited to watch an on-site Ice Carving Demonstration. The artist will carve a seven foot Ice throne, located in the Aurora Street Pavilion; a prowling tiger found in the Amphitheater on the Commons, which is sandwiched in between Leather Express and Race office Equipment; and a Dove located in the Cayuga Street Pavilion. Carving times can change due to weather but are scheduled to start after noon and go until 8pm. Please call the Ithaca Downtown Partnership for updates at 607-277-8679.The official Kick off for the Event is the Unveiling Ceremony, scheduled for 6pm on Thursday Dec. 6th in the Bernie Milton Pavilion. It will feature a musical performance from Voices Multicultural Chorus, a live remote by 97.3 Lite Rock, strolling musicians and 28 illuminated Ice Sculptures.On Friday, December 7th , the Ice Sculpture Trail coincides with the opening of the Holiday Gallery Night. From 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. you can visit twelve Downtown Art Galleries and see original art while also admiring the ice sculptures. Carolers and musicians will be strolling on the Commons from 6 -8pm. More information about the Holiday Gallery Night can be found on www.ink-shop.org or by calling 607-277-3884.Santa and his elves will rappel down the Center Ithaca Building into Downtown Ithaca on Dec. 8th at 11am. Afterwards, a festive welcoming party (carolers, jazz band, stilt walkers, face painting elf, free balloon animals, magicians) will occur in Center Ithaca. Along with free entertainment, pictures with Santa will be offered for a $5 fee on Dec. 8th and 9th in Center Ithaca. Proceeds help to pay for downtown entertainment.Along with Santa’s party on Saturday, Dec. 8th, Downtown will host a free to the public Holiday Artist’s Market in the Women’s Community Building from 11am to 5pm. The Market will feature original work by 20 fine artists from Tompkins County as well as live Jazz music by Johnny Russo. Email programs@artspartner.org for more info.For more information about the week long Holiday Parade of Ice celebration happening in Downtown Ithaca Dec. 5th-9th visit www.downtownithaca.com or call 607-277-8679. Ice Tail Maps, complete with a schedule of events, can be picked up from any Downtown Merchant and remember parking is free evenings and weekends.

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