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Fire & Ice Winter Festival 2017

  • Fri Jan 20, 5 p.m. - 11 p.m.
  • Sat Jan 21, 10 a.m. - 9 p.m.
  • Sun Jan 22, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Throughout the mill and grounds.

Rediscover Canadian winter traditions at the 8th annual Fire & Ice festival on January 21st & 22nd and Friday evening the 20th. The stage is set for one of our most popular events of the year, with loads of activities both indoors and out! Check out the Facebook event for updates and multi-media. Click here for the schedule of activities.

Bring your skates and enjoy skating and curling on the Millpond rink, try fat biking (and possibly snow shoeing) with the experts from Caledon Hills Cycling, and for the kids a Super Snow Slide. Watch ice carvers Jim Menken, Cam Menken, Winston Utyenboggart, John McCartney, Anuk and Chris von Innerebner create a crystal sculpture garden, sponsored by GRAND SPIRITS Distillery in the Annex Courtyard during the day and after sundown, witness Brian Oates' spellbinding fire sculpture accompanied by live music, sponsored by Fireball Cinnamon Whisky.

Potter Ann Randeraad will demonstrate a raku pottery firing in her outdoor kiln (Sunday only), and blacksmith George Church will fashion whimsical ironworks in the GeoForge. Have a blast and a great laugh at the interactive photo booth, hand-painted by artist Lynda Clare Grant. Pop your face into the painting and create lasting memories by snapping a picture to share with friends. 

All this activity is sure to work up an appetite. Visit delicious food stations to have some yummy BBQ sponsored by Enbridge, or mouth-watering maple syrup pops from Love’s Sweetness. Buy a bottle or two of wicked hot sauce to take home from the Sauce Shack or warm up with special treats from Gourmandissimo.

Did somebody say Happy Hour? This year, step inside the Fire & Ice Bar, by GRAND SPIRITS Distillery, a themed cocktail lounge celebrating the warmth and sensuality of fire and ice via cool exotic drinks and hot shots along with local craft beer, wine and ciders, all in an astonishing winter bar setting. There will also be complimentary Fire & Ice-themed body and face painting by artist Wendy Williams inside the lounge. The Fire & Ice Bar opens Friday Jan. 20 at 5 pm, and will also be open Sat. and Sunday evenings 'till close. Also open Friday and Saturday evenings until 9pm will be Gourmandissimo Café with belly-warming food and treats and some of the main floor galleries & shops.

Baby, it’s cold outside! Make your way indoors, head up to the second floor of the Mill and step into the imagination of our artists! Choose from a variety of interactive workshops and demos taking place over the weekend. Check out special Fire & Ice themed exhibitions in the galleries, listen to live music (Sunday only), buy unique beeswax candles by Circa Candles or listen to a spellbinding story by one of our guest presenters.

One of the highlights of Fire & Ice on Saturday only is the 8th annual Alton Millpond Hockey Classic Fundraiser. Pre-register to join in yourself, or cheer on the teams playing. Free general skating gets underway later in the afternoon and continues on Sunday from noon to 5pm. Also on Sunday, a bona fide pond curling rink will be open.

Also, on the main floor, the award-winning Gourmandissimo Café serves a fabulous selection of soups, sandwiches, treats and hot drinks. Yum!

On Saturday evening at dusk, Brian Oates turns up the heat when he ignites a brand new fire sculpture accompanied by the Caledon Concert Band. Sponsored by Fireball Cinnamon Whisky, the jaw-dropping spectacle of light and unveiling form will dance in the night sky as musical tone poems start with mysterious and gentle themes and build in peaks and valleys toward a spectacular conclusion. A must-see event!

End the first day of the Fire & Ice Pond Hockey Classic at the Hot Stove Lounge Pub Night! With the Leafs vs. Senators game on the big screen, unwind and enjoy casual food and cash bar. Tickets are limited, and it's been sold out in the past. The hockey classic and pub night are fundraisers for the Alton Millpond project. Tickets are available at Scotiabank on Riddell Rd. in Orangeville (they will match funds), Gourmandissimo (Alton Mill and Caledon East), or by emailing or phoning Beth Staite staite@rogers.com 519-217-3349 or Caren Elson CAREN.MORRISON@RBC.COM 416-903-5105

Onsite parking for handicapped, seniors and families with babies, toddlers & expectant mothers only. Parking, and shuttle service from offsite parking lots for everyone else.

To view the Fire & Ice Schedule which gives a breakdown of all activities and timings, click here.

Admission PWYC: suggested donation $10/adult, $5/child or $25/family. Activities are subject to change without notice. Weather conditions may affect outdoor programming.

Create lasting memories, see the works of local artisans and enjoy great food and hot beverages. Set aside a day to join us at the Mill for one of our most popular events of the year! We look forward to seeing you!