Watch an Ice-Carving Battle on East Passyunk During Arctic Ave
East Passyunk Avenue turns into Arctic Ave on Saturday, December 10th, with pros from Ice Sculpture Philly carving live at five stations along the Avenue throughout the day, leading up to an ice-carving competition in front of Pat’s and Geno’s. Bet on the sculpture Whiz wit. South Philly blues band the Blue Pharaohs will provide the soundtrack for the frosty battle.
Along with the live carvings, 33 neighborhood shops and restaurants will be displaying custom-designed ice sculptures out front. Bundle up and check them all out during the Arctic Ave cocktail crawl in the evening, with themed drink specials at Fond, POPE, Cantina los Caballitos, Bing Bing, and a bunch of other bars and restaurants. The “Sweater Weather” cocktail at Townsend looks especially tasty: Maker’s 46, Averna, maraschino and Demerara. Or go for a “Bad Santa” at Paradiso, made with Hornitos Tequila, clementine and mint.
Cantina is also hosting a happy hour from 5-7 p.m., where you can take photos on the newly carved Pinnacle Vodka ice throne. Garage will be serving up spiked hot chocolate at the after-party, starting at 9 p.m.
Here’s where the live ice sculpting will be going down, with each carving taking about an hour:
• 11 a.m.: Holiday graffiti wall at Mifflin Triangle, East Passyunk Avenue and Mifflin Street
• 12:30 p.m.: East Passyunk Avenue’s logo at the Gateway, East Passyunk Avenue at Broad and McKean Streets
• 3 p.m.: Ice throne at East Passyunk Avenue and Morris Streets (by Cantina)
• 4:30 p.m.: Olaf, the snowman from Frozen, at the Singing Fountain, 11th Street and East Passyunk Avenue
• 7 p.m.: Ice-carving battle at “Cheesesteak Corner,” 9th Street and East Passyunk Avenue
It’s also the street’s Second Saturday, which means shops will have deals (and some will have free wine), and the Joe King Trio will be playing music.
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