Ice trail on its way to town
AN ice sculpture trail is coming to Stockport this festive season.
The free trail is coming to the town centre and will feature characters including The Grinch, Olaf the snowman from the hit film Frozen, Tinkerbell and more.
There will be two Saturdays in December when ten different sculptures will appear - one of them being carved live that day ‘out of the biggest ice cube you will have ever seen’.
On the first date, Saturday, December 15, there will be a live carving of an angel, while on Saturday, December 22, visitors will be able to watch as a unicorn is created.
The sculptures will form an Ice Trail around the town centre at St Peter’s Square, Mersey Square, Merseyway, Suffragette Square at Redrock, Peel Centre, Market Place, Stockport Exchange, Great Underbank and at Warren Street.
Families are invited to follow the ice trail to see what the letters spell and there are plenty of photo opportunities along the way, including putting your face behind the Rudolph and ‘wearing’ the ice wings.
The trail is part of a wider Winter Wonderland event being put on by Stockport’s Business Improvement District, Totally Stockport.
It kicked off on November 24 with the first of five Saturdays where an animatronic polar bear wandered around the town centre - putting on five shows a day.
Totally Stockport spokesperson Helen White said: “This is the first of its kind for Stockport and something we wanted to do to encourage people to come into the town centre.
“This will give people a great reason to visit and they can come and have selfies with the statues.”
The sculptures will be in place from around 10am on each of the Saturdays and will last around six to seven hours before melting.
The polar bear will put on five shows each Saturday between now and Christmas - at 11.30am at Mersey Square, 12.15pm at the Light cinema, 1pm in Merseyway, 2pm at Great Underbank and 3pm in the Market Place.
●●Stockport is getting an ice sculpture trail of its own this Christmas, including a Rudolph ‘face’