Every year Thanksgiving Point hosts ice sculpting demonstrations for free next to their water tower. This year (2016) there will be demonstrations every Friday until December 23 from 6:30-7:30, so the dates are Nov. 25, Dec. 2, 9, 16, and 23.
Our boys were fascinated as they watched the ice sculptor turn a block of ice into a snowman. We arrived a little after 6:30, so the artist had already formed the basic shape. I heard that he started a little early, so make sure if you want to see the full demonstration that you are there before 6:30. Even though we knew it was going to be a snowman, we loved seeing him use different tools to add touches here and there, and how he smoothed it down. We even saw part of an arm fall off–no big deal, he just turned it into a mitten.
The best part of the demonstration carving demonstration is when the ice showers over the crowd. My boys had huge grins on their faces when their hats ended up covered with little pieces of ice.
There are other fun things to do at Thanksgiving Point while you are there. Right next to the ice sculpting area, you can visit Santa’s reindeer. Our boys love to see the reindeer because they aren’t an animal we see often. Usually, just around Christmas time. FYI: reindeer and caribou are the same animal (the only difference being that reindeer refers to the domesticated version found in northern Europe). I overheard someone telling their children that caribou were three times bigger than reindeer and could step over the fence of the enclosure. It took all of my self control not to turn teacher and correct him. I’m assuming he was thinking of a moose.
You can also drive through the holiday lights. They have a great display. You can see more pictures here. Thanksgiving Point also has shops and restaurants. We bought hot chocolate and steamed milk to enjoy while we were out in the cold. There are some lights to walk around near the shops, but most of their lights are in their drive thru display. We love visiting Thanksgiving Point during the holidays.
Here is a short video of the ice sculpting.