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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 3rd Annual Fire & Ice Festival, Fire and Ice Mermaidfrom January 24 to 26, 2020, 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.

Every year takes on a theme and in 2020, sculptures will take on cosmic designs to fit the “Out of this World” theme, selected in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 mission to the moon and of ILC, the Delaware-based designer of NASA spacesuits.

The 22 sculptures 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 each night from 5 to 9 p.m. 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.  

Enjoy your favorite beach activities like roasting marshmallows and making s’mores at a beach bonfire on the 24th and 25th or browsing downtown shops, open all weekend.

The festival is family friendly, and grownups will have the chance to enjoy a drink competition on Jan. 19th from 1 to 4 p.m. at Bethany Blues. Sample 10 signature cocktails from bars and restaurants around the area and vote for your favorite to be named the official drink of Fire and Ice 2020!

Finish off the Fire and Ice Festival at the Ceremonial Smash Party on the 26th 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!

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! Enjoy 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!