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York's Festival of Angels stretches its wings (15-16 December)

Published Thursday, 6th December 2012

York city centre will be transformed into a heavenly haven with ice sculptures lining more streets than ever next week as the Festival of Angels returns for 15 and 16 December.

York city centre will be transformed into a heavenly haven with ice sculptures lining more streets than ever next week as the Festival of Angels returns for 15 and 16 December.


For the first time in its 13 years, the festival will be managed by City of York Council in collaboration with retailers across the city centre, providing a weekend of ice sculptures, stalls and street entertainment.


Cllr Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism, said: "This year the festival has joined the York 800 programme and has been extended to be bigger than ever, and will run across the Minster Quarter, including Low Petergate, Stonegate, Kings Square, Back Swinegate and St Helen's Square.


"There will be lots going on for families to take part in, including an 'angel trail' where children can search for 12 hidden angel tags in participating shop windows and be in with a chance to win a prize if they manage to find three. There's also an ice carving demonstration in King's Square and visitors can be angels for the day and have their picture taken in front of life-sized pairs of angel wings that will be spread around the participating streets. We're hoping people will tweet these snaps to @CityofYork - or maybe use them for this year's Christmas card!"


The highlight of the festival will be 25 ice sculptures created by Glacial Art Ice Sculptors that will include a copy of the famous York 800 Charter frozen inside a block of ice at St Helen's Square alongside the ice throne of King John who presented the charter to the city in 1212 to allow it self government. People can sit in the insulated seat to be photographed in regal splendour!


The Festival of Angels is free and will run from 10am to 6pm on Saturday 15 December and 11am to 5pm on Sunday 16 December. Participating shops will stay open for longer giving people a chance to linger later in the city centre for even more festive cheer including mulled wine and hot chocolate.


For more information and to find out how to take part in the angel trail, visit: www.york800.com