BRADFORD BID is planning an icy start to kick off this year’s big city centre festive celebrations.
But the Business Improvement District’s amazing ice-sculpture carving display will also serve as an exciting warm-up to the city’s Christmas Lights Switch-On on November 9.
They have teamed up with the creative arts organisation Sand In Your Eye to present the free interactive ice-sculpting event on Broadway, outside the shopping centre.
Starting at 11am, the SIYE experts will create the life-size model of Santa’s sleigh and, when it’s complete, members of the public will be invited to join in the fun by taking their own photographs on it and with it.
BID chairman Ian Ward said: “The Sparkling Bradford Christmas Lights switch-on will be better than ever this year and there are lots of events going on in the build up to it and throughout the festive season.
“We thought this fabulous ice-sculpting event would be the perfect way to kick things off on our festive launch day and it will provide some great social media photo opportunities to get families in the Christmas mood!”
The ice artists from Hebden Bridge based SIYE have years of practical experience, ranging from the creation of ice hotels beneath the Northern Lights and snow igloos in the Alps, to ice exhibitions in giant freezers and ice sculptures around the UK.
Jonny Noble, Bradford BID manager, said: “It’s fascinating to watch the way they create such intricate pieces of art out of solid blocks of ice and we know from previous ice events that they are really popular with children and parents alike.”
The Christmas Lights switch-on takes place at 6.30pm at The Broadway Shopping Centre and will include a range of new lighting projects paid for by the business levy-funded BID, including a “ceiling of light” along Ivegate, new cross-street lighting displays in Godwin Street, Darley Street and along North Parade; ice-white lights to replace the old blue ones in Rawson Square and North Parade; “sail” lighting in parts of Little Germany for the first time and a new festive lighting scheme from the entrance to the University of Bradford campus down to the area between the Odeon and the Alhambra.