Crystal clear and intricately-cut, ice sculptures are, well, cool. Unfortunately the problem with most of them is that they make their appearance indoors at galas and wedding receptions, drip-drip-dripping away until they are unrecognizable and sad. But that’s not the case if said sculptures are cut and displayed outdoors during a DC winter, where they can stay fresh and frozen for days.
Village at Leesburg, a 57-acre outdoor shopping and dining center in Loudoun County, is getting into the winter spirit by hosting a Winter Wanderland every weekend in January, featuring hand-carved ice sculptures located throughout the village. Each weekend, the sculptures will be related to a different theme; enter the drawing to guess what it is and you have a chance to win a $100 gift card to spend at the store of your choice (excluding Wegmans.)
There is lots to do at Village at Leesburg, which is home to more than 60 shops, restaurants and entertainment experiences including Bowlero and CMX Cinemas. While you are checking out the nice ice, pop into a participating restaurant to grab a cocktail or hot beverage to-go, or warm up by browsing home and fireplace accessories at Plow & Hearth, skincare and cosmetics at Ulta or boho fashion at Altar’d State.
Sculptures will be on display five weekends in January from Friday around 6 p.m. to Sunday around 6 p.m. near six stores: Wild Wood Pizza, The Good Feet Store, Dog Krazy, Vino Bistro, Noku Sushi, Hibachi & Ramen and Verizon Wireless. In the event of inclement weather, check the center’s social media pages for updates about modified schedules.
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