Chestnut Hill On Ice is back

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With the frigid temperatures coming early this year, you might think it’s not the best time not to venture outside and enjoy the neighborhood’s outdoors. But you’d be wrong. 

That’s because the Chestnut Hill Business Association is bringing back one of its favorite annual events, Chestnut Hill On Ice. The two-day event will take place along Germantown Avenue between Rex and Willow Grove Avenues on Friday, Jan. 28, from 5 to 9 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 30, from noon to 5 p.m. Originally scheduled for Saturday, and postponed due to snow.) 

This year’s event will feature dozens of ice carvings along the avenue, including live demonstrations and work from world-renowned ice sculptor Peter Slavin and his team from Ice Sculpture Philly. Additional cold-weather activities will include live ice carving demonstrations, an ice bar carved entirely out of ice blocks at Market at the Fareway and last but not least, a pop-up iceless ice skating rink that visitors of all ages can enjoy. 

Other attractions include an ice bonfire, where attendees can stay warm and cozy with an an impressive eight-foot bonfire encased in a pillar of ice; live music at Chestnut Hill Brewing Company, where music lovers can sit outside, enjoy some tunes and relax with an extensive list of beers and boozy cocktails served up in an ice mug; and axe throwing, which is a new attraction for 2022. This is where “wannabe” lumberjacks can try their hand at throwing an axe at a bullseye target with, if necessary, the help of expert staff for first timers. 

The event, which will also be complete with warming stations, a chili competition between some of Chestnut Hill’s finest restaurants and a mobile bar operated by Stateside Vodka, will follow all Philadelphia COVID mask and health mandates.

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