Ice Magic Festival Begins Today

Posted on: January 15th, 2016

Watch artisans create beautiful ice sculptures at the Ice Magic Festival January 15th through January 24th. Beginning today, teams of two ice carvers will compete in a 34 hour International Ice Carving Competition. The sculptures will reflect the 2016 theme of “Earth, Wind, Fire & Water – Elements of Life.” Next weekend is also filled with a number of fun activities for the whole family.

Because the Ice Magic Festival has been so popular over the past few years, viewers will need to purchase tickets during the busiest hours to prevent the event from being much too overcrowded. Tickets are required on the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise lakeside carving site SATURDAY & SUNDAY January 16, 17, 23 & 24 from 10:00am – 4:00pm. All other times, locations & activities are FREE. (Weekdays and Saturdays/Sundays before 10:00am and after 4:00pm are FREE carving viewing times.)

Tickets can be purchased online. They can also be purchased onsite in the Lake Louise Visitor Information Centre & outside the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise on the pathway to the carving viewing site during the Ice Magic weekends. Please be aware that 11:00am – 3:00pm has been extremely busy in the past and could mean longer wait times.

**Guests staying at hotels in Lake Louise will have FREE ACCESS to the Ice Magic carving site at all times.

Ice Magic Festival 2016

Read on for the currently planned schedule:


International Ice Carving Competition Weekend

International Ice Carving Competition

Jan 15 & 16, 8:00am – 10:00pm / Jan 17, 8:00am-2:00pm

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Carving Site, Lake Side

Ten internationally renowned teams have 15 blocks of ice and 34 hours to create one-of-a-kind sculptures that capture gold. Vote for People Choice Award on Sunday, January 17 between 11:00am – 2:00pm. Award ceremony follows at 4:30pm.


Awe-inspiring Ice Carving Demonstrations

Jan 15 & 16, 10:00pm – 5:00pm
Marvel at ice creations by two of Canada’s top carvers.  Ask questions about this increbible art form. Visit Montaineer Lodge for the event.

Jan 16 & 17, 12:00pm-12:30pm
Watch an interpretative demo by Ice Magic Lead Judge. The event takes place at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Lakeside.

Jan 17, 11:00am – 3:00pm
Entertaining ice carvers perform speed carving demonstrations at Samson Mall.

Jan 17 10:00am – 11:00am
Head-to-head display of ice carving talent between two Ice Magic judges at The Lake Louise Ski Resort.


One Carver, One Hour, One Block

Jan 16 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Tomorrow (Saturday), individual ice sculptors will compete in “One Carver, One Hour, One Block” at Deer Lodge. Watch as blocks of ice are quickly transformed to works of art, and then vote for your favourite carving – it could win the People’s Choice Award.


Little Chippers Weekend


Self-guided Ice Magic Circuit

Jan 23 & 24,  All Day

You’ll be filled with wonder as you gaze on finished sculptures and find out which creations won. An Ice Magic Ticket will be required between 10:00am to 4:00pm at the Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise. Visit the The Lake Louise Ski Resort, Samson Mall, Mountaineer Lodge, Deer Lodge and The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise to view the sculptures on the Ice Magic Circuit


Little Chippers Ice Zone

Jan 23 & 24, 11:00am – 3:00pm

Visit the Little Chippers Ice Zone at Lake Louise Inn with your little friends and family. Kids will learn about ice carving first-hand and get to chip their own mini ice block. This event is FREE.


Ice Carving Demonstration

Jan 23 & 24, 10:00am – 12:00pm & 1:00pm – 4:00pm

A master carver will teach what it takes to carve a giant ice cube. An Ice Magic Ticket is required. The demonstration will be at Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Carving Site, Lakeside.


Lake Side Fun

Jan 23 & 24, 12:00pm – 3:00pm

The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Lakeside

Meet and Skate with the Ice King & Queen on iconic Lake Louise. FREE.


Cozy Corner Kids Indoor Activity Centre

Jan 23 & 24, 12:00pm – 3:00pm

Hours of fun entertainment for the whole family hosted by a Calgary Theatre Group. This event – held at The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, Trail Rooms, Mt. Temple Wing – is FREE.


Snow Magic

Jan 15 – 24

Various locations throughout Lake Louise

Attend this NEW event to watch expert carvers create enormous snow sculptures at some of Lake Louise’s most scenic locations. These creations will remain intact until the weather


Park & Ride!

FREE shuttles running from the Samson Mall to The Fairmont Chateau Lake Louise, returning every 20 minutes: Saturday & Sunday, January 16 & 17 and 23 & 24 from 10:30am – 5:30pm. Sorry no pets allowed on the buses.


For all the Ice Magic Festival details, to purchase tickets, and to view the full schedule, visit Note that the Event Schedule subject to change without notice.

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