Christmas in Ice

A single-block competition sculpture on display at Christmas in Ice in North Pole on Wednesday, December 9, 2015.

In the city of North Pole, where Christmas is a year-round theme, the Christmas in Ice seasonal ice park has been canceled for this year.

The ice park has been held annually next to the Santa Claus House gift shop.

Due to unforeseen circumstances, the board that oversees the ice park elected not open this season, according to Executive Director Keith Fye.

“We just all voted on it and decided not to have the event this year,” Fye said.

Fye cited winter conditions, including not having enough ice on ponds for harvesting this year, although he said the organization could not give further details at this time.

The ice park normally runs through December and features Christmas-themed ice sculptures. Previous years have also included ice slides, hot cocoa and a visit from Santa Claus on Christmas Day.

“This would’ve been our 14th year,” Fye said.

This year is the first year the event has been canceled.

Fye said the board is asking people to support Ice Alaska, another ice sculpting event held annually in Fairbanks.

Marlene Fogarty-Phillips, executive director of the North Pole Community Chamber of Commerce, said the park brought carvers from around the world in addition to the people who come from all over to see the sculptures.

“It’s just a great community event and I’m saddened to see that it won’t be here this year,” she said.

Contact staff writer Kyrie Long at 459-7510. Follow her on Twitter at: twitter.com/FDNMlocal

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