We checked out the new family holiday event in Howard County, Ice & Fire Festival. This winter family festival transforms Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods into a Winter Wonderland. We were met at the entrance by none other than Rose Pearl, the unicorn princess.
The illuminated adventure begins with a tunnel of lights that meets the light path through the Light Forest. We got “lost” in the Light Maze and followed the candy cane path to the main stage. The stage lawn is dotted with bonfires and tables, perfect for roasting frozen fingers and marshmallows. Don’t worry, there are s’mores kits for sale at the concessions along with warm drinks, snacks and adult beverages. We headed up on stage to visit with Santa and meet Anna and Elsa who were in town for a visit.
The characters are all well dressed and experienced performers. The two Queens of Arendale were experts. They knew everything from both movies and conversed with my girls at length about life in the palace. Princess Rose Pearl was friendly and played with kids as she walked around. If you want to book these beauties for your next event you can find them at Faerie Fantastical Parties.
It seems everywhere you turn there is a new winter light display. The Ice & Fire Festival is designed with families in mind from the food to the entertainment. We enjoyed the DJ who was performing on stage with lights and special effects. My girls were dancing all around as we looked at the lights.
Below the stage was a table with an easy rainbow color scratch ornament craft for kids. It’s a great option for all ages because it’s easy to do and take with you. There were a bunch of helpers around eager to help with the crafts.
This family friendly holiday event is best suited for elementary aged kids or younger. Our youngest is three and loved it the most. This is the first year of the Ice & Fire Festival and we are hopeful there will be additional activities for older kids in the future. The whole atmosphere is laid back, yet festive. This is a great event for meeting up with friends or family. Picnics are welcome. The fire pits and tables offer several places to hang out to enjoy the music and lights.
There are some paved paths, but others cross through the woods are mulch, gravel or grass. Not all strollers can cross the woods easily. A baby carrier is a safe choice if you’re not confident in your off-road stroller capabilities. There is parking nearby with signs directing traffic as you approach.
Ice & Fire Festival is a community fundraiser for Howard County not-for-profits that helps raise money for the Inner Arbor Trust’s FREE community arts events (including the popular Chrysalis Kids Series) at Merriweather Park at Symphony Woods. 10% of ticket sales for the Ice & Fire Festival benefits Community Action Council of Howard County, which includes the Howard County Food Bank.
You can save a couple dollars when you buy your tickets in advance. Adults are $9, Children four and over $7 and Children three and under free for advance tickets.