The community of Bracebridge will stage their annual Fire and Ice Festival, which enlivens the downtown with intriguing activities and events focused around fire and ice components. The festival runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Jan. 26.

The main objective is to provide opportunities for community businesses by providing an influx of visitor traffic to the Bracebridge area during a traditionally slow time of the year. The best way to experience the festival is to start at one end of town and stroll your way to the other, taking in all of the vendors, attractions, entertainment and food along the way.

The fire features will include a fire artist, fireworks and fire pits throughout the downtown core. The ice part of the festival will be represented by a downtown tube run, ice sculptures, interactive ice displays and ice skating at the winter village in Memorial Park. The new event will provide programming beyond the usual winter carnival activities.

In addition, there will be winter activities, birds of prey demonstrations, a road-hockey tournament and traditional carnival activities to complement the event. A day pass, $5 per adult/children and free for kids five and under, will be your ticket to fun.

The Memorial Park Winter activity is weather dependent. The skating trail is expected to be open from mid-January until mid-March. Visitors are encouraged to bring skates. If you do not have skates, Habitat for Humanity and the Salvation Army will be on hand offering rentals. The rental fee will be by donation.

Downtown Bracebridge offers more than 500 parking spaces, in six parking lots, that are within walking distance to the festival. The spaces will fill early and you may expect longer wait times to find a spot within the downtown core.

To make it easier to enjoy the Fire and Ice festival, the organizers are offering free shuttle service from several convenient parking lots within Bracebridge. Buses will run continuously from 9 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.  Visit fireandicebracebridge.com and click on the Parking/Shuttle page for additional parking space locations.

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