The 2020 Fire & Ice Festival: Warm Winter Cheer in Bracebridge, Muskoka

Ontario’s most popular winter event is hosting more fun activities and incredible entertainment than ever to celebrate the most Canadian of seasons.

On January 25, 2020, thousands of families and friends will head to Bracebridge, Ontario to embrace the best that a Canadian winter has to offer, including indoor and outdoor adventures. Here are just a few highlights of what to expect at this year’s Fire & Ice Festival, with a full schedule of activities found here:

The Epic Tube Hill

Main street is transformed overnight by a dedicated group of volunteers into the now-famous tube hill run down to the centre of Bracebridge. Glide past the shops and restaurants to all the action below – an unforgettable experience (and make sure someone has a camera ready to capture the action).

New This Year

Join the company called Axed to get a taste for the lumber jack life. Clutch the hatchet and hit the bulls eye if you can.

Just want to watch some axe action? Don’t miss the popular Great Canadian Lumberjack Shows as well, taking place throughout the day.

Also new this year, try your best on the Polar Rush mini obstacle course, featuring wall climbs, snow crawling and more. Test your mettle in the snow!

There are plenty of spots to warm up during the festival, including the Bracebridge Hall, a renovated 20th century carriage house right downtown, which will be decked out as an 80s-inspired ski chalet (like, tubular!). Enjoy a cold brew and some fun games at the newly-opened Katalyst Brewing, also located downtown in what was historically the town’s granary. Also newly-opened, Sully’s Gourmand restaurant is located inside the brewery. For more great dining options during the festival, click here.

Eclectic All Day Shows

The entertainment is second to none this year, including the return of The Fire Guy. Gather round to enjoy shows by Kobbler Jay, and the White Pine Dancers, an Indigenous dance troupe.

Look for musical acts on stage throughout town as well, including the Griffin Gastro Pub, Kelly’s Irish Pub, Camp Muskoka Coffeehouse (which also has an outdoor fireplace), and more.

So Much To Do!

Head to Memorial Park uptown for skating on the charming outdoor ‘Winter Village’ rink that loops the park. Play a game of “Crokicurl there too (a mix of curling and crokinole), and check out the beautiful ice sculptures.

Little kids will enjoy the mini tube slide, courtesy of Snow Valley, and they can decorate their own cupcake at The Creative Cook downtown. They can also “Make & Take Crafts” at The Annex and Studio K, both located on the main street.

And not to be missed are the celebratory fireworks put on by the Bracebridge Rotary Club that will take place over the town’s iconic Silver Bridge, starting at 6pm (what a way to end the day!).

The whole family will enjoy plenty of food, entertainment and neat vendors throughout the day – click here for a full list of things to see, do and taste. (And if you’re staying for the weekend, be sure to check out the Snowshoe Canada Fun Race & Walk on Sunday, January 26 at Morrison Meadows.)

The Fire & Ice Festival on January 25, 2020 from 9am-6pm is a fun-packed family event that’s not to be missed!

To plan your stay, click here. For directions to Bracebridge and information on parking and shuttle stops, click hereNote: This event requires a pass to attend all the events – click here for details on how to purchase.

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