For some, the Bethany Beach lifestyle is the ultimate expression of why the Delaware beaches hold a special place in people's hearts, generation after generation, season after season. For years, Bethany has been beloved for its balance of family-friendly peacefulness and fun-loving diversions.
Fire and Ice Festival
When the magic of winter settles in, the Delaware beaches come alive in celebration of what mid-winter does best – turning water into ice. At the annual Fire & Ice Festival, you’ll see the Bethany Beach boardwalk and surrounding small town sidewalks displaying beautiful ice sculptures of every shape and size during this free festival.
About the Ice Sculptures
Every year the Bethany Beach Fire and Ice Festival takes on a new theme and brings more than 20 ice sculptures to life. Sculptures that will seem out of this world in their size – weighing between 300 and 3,000 pounds, each perfectly sculpted by ice professionals, illuminated by LED lights from 5 to 9 p.m every night. If you’re wondering how they create such intricate sculptures, attend one of the live demonstrations to see the professionals work their magic with chainsaws, ice picks and more.
Things to Do
Warm up with your favorite family-friendly beach activities like roasting marshmallows and making s’mores at a beach bonfire or browsing downtown shops for unique finds. Enjoy a meal at local restaurants like Bethany Blues and 99 Sea Level where their cocktails and plates will follow the theme of the festival. Grownups will have the chance to enjoy a drink competition. Sample 10 signature cocktails from bars and restaurants around the area and vote for your favorite to be named the official drink of the Fire and Ice Festival for that year!
Finish off the Fire and Ice Festival at the Ceremonial Smash Party in Bethany Beach where you can see the “clean up” process of smashing the sculptures into thousands of pieces to melt away – so make sure to take plenty of photos during your visit because the sculptures are only around for festival weekend!
Where to Stay
The free festival spans through Bethany Beach, Ocean View and Millville, providing an excellent opportunity to experience all the beaches have to offer during the winter! Cozy up with a sweet festival stay at Bethany Beach Ocean Suites or the Bethany Beach Holiday Inn Express, both offering special deals for the weekend! Prepare to be wowed and begin planning your visit today!