Dutch Ice Sculpture Festival
The Ice Sculpture Festival (Nederlands IJsbeelden Festival) is a spectacular event for young and old that you simply cannot miss! It's one of the biggest winter events in the Netherlands, with over 100.000 visitors. Once again, the breath-taking world of crystal clear ice and glistening snow will appear in the IJsselhallen in Zwolle.
This edition will be the biggest and most spectacular yet, with more than 100 ice and snow sculptures reaching up to six metres in height and more than 1.500m2 of freezing fun. Over 40 of the world’s best "ice artists" will use frost and special effects to create a spectacular frozen exhibition.
The sculptors, who come from 16 different countries, create their impressive works by unleashing chain saws, chisels and other tools on more than 550.000 kilograms of ice and snow in a room 10 degrees below Celsius. Dress warmly!
What a Wonderful World
This year’s theme is "What a Wonderful World". The ice and snow sculptures will portray the beauty of the world and its fascinating past, present and future. Walk past full-sized dinosaurs and mammoths even some humans on Mars. The glistening drama will be amped up with spectacular special effects using light, sound and projections.
Dutch Ice Sculpture opening times
Between December 17, 2022, and March 5, 2023, the Dutch Ice Sculpture Festival will be open between 10am-5pm, six days a week. It will be closed every Monday throughout the festival, and additionally, it will close on Wednesday, January 1, 2023.
For families and kids, there will be plenty of time to go and enjoy the ice sculptures during the holidays - both the Christmas holidays and the school holidays during the spring time!
Plan your visit to the Ice Sculpture Festival
The good news for those arriving via public transportation is that the IJsselhallen is located just 10 minutes walking distance from Zwolle train station. Check out the entrance prices, opening hours and practical visitor information on the Ice Scupture Festival website.