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Cripple Creek Ice Festival – Theme “Carver’s Choice”

February 8 - February 16

Cripple Creek Ice festival 2019



The Cripple Creek Ice Festival is a spectacular event. Come watch ice sculptors carve ice into beautiful works of art that will amaze you. 2020 marks the 13th year for this premiere event.. Past themes have included a Mythological Wonderland, Story Time, Under the Sea, a Military Salute Carved in Ice, a Rocky Mountain Wonderland, the Old West and a Safari theme.

This year’s theme is going to be “Carver’s Choice”!

The Cripple Creek Ice Festival features numerous fun events to enjoy throughout the two event weekends. Interactive sculptures are available for event attendees to climb on for a selfie or group photo. And don’t forget the ice slide for kids! Street vendors have just the perfect thing to bring home as a memento of your visit here, and you can enjoy refreshing  beverages in our heated beer tent.

Also – Don’t miss the Ice & Art Fest at the Heritage Center from 9:00 am till 5:00 pm daily throughout Ice Fest. Meet the Artists Saturday, February 8th from 1:00 pm till 5:00 pm. Hors-d’oeuvres and wine will be served, along with live music.  Transit service to the event from the Heritage Center is FREE for 60 and over and only $1.00 per person under 60.  To request a shuttle, please call 719-689-7711.

Featured Artists include:
SNICE Carvings
Ice Cubed of Denver
World Class Ice Sculpture
Flake Benders

Awarded to ICE CUBED OF DENVER – Ian Kunter, Team Leader. After 9 days of voting, visitors to the Cripple Creek Ice Festival selected the Mystical Creatures display as their favorite sculptures.  Ice Cubed of Denver received at cash prize of $5,000 as the winner of the People’s Choice Award.  SNICE from Durango was runner up with their Giant Insect display, followed by Flake Benders of Breckenridge with an Underwater/Atlantis theme, and a Toy Story theme from World Class Ice Sculpture from Chicago.  Thank you to all the visitors that submitted their votes.

The ice carvers will slowly carve their designs in ice between February 8th and February 16th.  This year carvers will be competing for a “People’s Choice” cash prize.  Every visitor will be able to vote for the carving that they think is the best.  On Feb. 16th the winner will be announced.  A significant ice sculpture will be completed by Saturday, Feb. 8th, by each carver.  They will add to the carving and/or complete another significant piece by Feb. 15th. All ice carvings will be completed by February 16th. Sculptures will remain up on Bennett Ave until February 28 if the weather is cool. People are welcome to view the carvings the week of February 10 – 14th the but vendors will only be present during the weekend. The sculptures will be lit up at night for those who would like to visit in the evening.

VENDOR SCHEDULE: 2/8, 2/9, 2/15, and 2/16 10 am – 6 pm
ICE FEST MERCHANDISE STORE: 2/8 – 2/16 9 am – 4 pm
BEER TENT SCHEDULE: 2/8, 2/9, 2/15, and 2/16 10 am – 6 pm


The Butte Theater will be showing the movie “Hook” on Feb. 8th & 9th at 3:00 p.m.  The event is free but there is limited seating.  They will also be presenting “Love Letters”, a romantic dialogue performance, on Feb. 14th & 15th at 7:00 p.m.
The Heritage Center will be hosting “Midland Railroad Tragedies” as told by local historian and storyteller, Steve Plutt. The event will be Sunday, Feb. 9th at 2:00 p.m.
The Old Homestead House will be open for tours Feb. 8th & 9th and 15th & 16th from 11:00-4:00.  Visit the most famous brothel in Cripple Creek history.


Ice Festival Vendor Application 2020 (Mail-in) ONLINE FILLABLE FORM (click here) Hold Harmless Agreement PDF



February 8
February 16
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City of Cripple Creek
Bennett Avenue
Cripple Creek, CO 80813 United States
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