Fire and Ice is a vibrant winter festival in the 'heart of Muskoka'. The Festival made its debut in 2016 with an effort to resurrect the winter carnival and celebrate the season. The festival falls on the last Saturday in January each year and brings over 8,000 participants to celebrate the magic of Canada's winter.
The event is centered around our legendary tube run down our main street of Bracebridge. We bring in over 50 truckloads of snow to allow Fire and Ice attendees to zip down the main street of Bracebridge in a tube.
Fire and Ice brings our community together and has turned into an event that locals are proud of. Every year Fire and Ice brings over 8,000 attendees to Bracebridge downtown core. One thing is for certain this amazing festival could not be possible without all out local volunteers and business sponsors! It takes the whole community to execute Fire and Ice, from the local truck drivers volunteering their time, day of support volunteers, to our clean up crew . We are so thankful for the support Fire and Ice receives.
The "FIRE" features include performances by talented fire artists and a spectacular fireworks display. Warm up around the many fire pits throughout the festival and enjoy a classic Muskoka treat, roasted marshmallows or learn how to make and cook bannock on a open fire.
The "ICE" features include our legendary downtown tube run, interactive ice displays, ice sculpture carvings, ice skating (BYOS) and the newly invented game of Crokicurl.
Your ticket to the Fire and Ice fun is only $5 per adult/child, and FREE for kids 5 and under. Passes can be purchased ahead of time or at the entrance of the event. Visiting from out of town? Check out our 'Stay and Play' page for great deals on local accommodations, restaurants specials and retail sales.
Bracebridge is affectionately known as 'The Heart Of Muskoka', and for good reason. Come for the Fire and Ice Festival and stay for our local businesses, natural northern landscape, and plentiful outdoor and indoor recreation!
Your ticket to the Fire and Ice fun is only $5 per adult/child, and FREE for kids 5 and under.
Tickets can be purchased ahead of time at the following locations:
Out of Town Locations:
In order to ride the downtown tube run, you:
For those smaller children, there is a tube slide provided by Ski Snow Valley that is located on Manitoba St, closer to Memorial Park.
Your ticket to all day fun and adventure is only $5.00 per person! Children 5 and under are free but must still obtain their ticket, either ahead of time, or the day of the event.
Admission is required to enjoy the festival, including rides down the tube run. This admission allows you to enjoy almost all of the activities, shows, and to walk through the festival area.
Some activities and vendors do charge an additional fee. These 'extra fee' activities are all marked on the event program to avoid any surprises.
At this time we do not offer online sales of the event tickets. However, for those local to Bracebridge, we do offer several locations within downtown Bracebridge where you can pre-purchase your tickets to avoid the lines.
Please know the tickets are cash only.
Pre-sale tickets are available as of December 15, 2018
Generally speaking, the busiest time for the festival is from 12:00 pm - 4:00 pm. We encourage visitors who do not like crowds to visit earlier, starting at 9:00 am or later, after 4:00 pm.
The event will run from 9:00 am - 6:00 pm, leaving you lots of time to enjoy all that Fire and Ice has to offer.
We would recommend that man's best friend stays home the day of the festival as it can be very crowded at the event. However, if you must bring them they are welcome. Please have them leashed and remember to pick up any of their waste.
Service animals are allowed within interior spaces with proof of service animal registration.
This activity is weather dependent. The skating trail is expected to be open mid-January until mid-March. Visitors are encouraged to bring your skates for the festival.
New this year, is a crokicurl rink located at the northern corner of Memorial Park. Skates are not needed to play crokicurl.
Downtown Bracebridge offers over 500 spaces in 6 parking lots that are within walking distance to the festival. These spaces fill early and you may expect longer wait times to find a spot within the downtown core.
To make it easier to enjoy Fire and Ice, we are now offering free shuttle service from several convenient parking lots within Bracebridge. Park and take the free shuttle to the festival. Shuttle buses will run continuously from 9:00 am - 7:30 pm. Please visit our 'Getting Here' page for additional parking and shuttle information.
**Safety is our number one concern. Please ensure you are parking in designated areas and that you adhere to the no parking signs in and around the festival. This ensures our police, fire and ambulance can move around the town.**
We do our best to make the festival as accessible as possible for our attendees. We encourage those that require accessible parking to use the Bird Mill Mews Parking Lot, and to arrive early as these spots fill quickly. A convenient drop off space at the corner of Manitoba St and Taylor Rd will be available.