Bloomington’s inaugural Freezefest is being held this week at The Mill, 642 N. Madison St.

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The festival will run through Saturday, January 11, and will feature ice-sculpting demonstrations by internationally renowned ice sculptors. Sponsored by Cook Medical, Hanapin Marketing, and Hoosier Energy, Freezefest will include family-friendly activities like games, sculpting competitions, and a chili cook-off.

Beginning Thursday, January 9, there will be food trucks, fire pits, and interactive games at The Mill. Ice sculptures created earlier in the week will be on display at The Mill, around the downtown Square, at People’s Park, and on the B-Line Trail at East 7th Street.

On Friday morning, an Ice Carver Talk and Breakfast will be held at The Mill. In the evening, Upland Brewing Co. will host Freezefest’s Btown Ice Battle, where ice carvers will compete to create the most impressive ice sculpture. The interactive ice battle show will include lights and music and feature the release of a new Upland Beer.

Saturday, the Freezefest Chilly Cook-Off benefiting Middle Way House will be held at The Mill, and various other activities will be hosted throughout Bloomington, such as Winterpalooza at Switchyard Park, Cool Science at WonderLab, and Tie-Dye and Winter Fun at Artisan Alley.

A full schedule of Freezefest events is available at