Events

Frost and Flame Fest: A Night of Fire and Ice

Join us for a dazzling fusion of fiery performances and ice sculptures at Downtown Cary Park—a festive spectacle you won't forget!
Dec 15, 2023
4:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Join us for a dazzling fusion of fiery performances and ice sculptures at Downtown Cary Park—a festive spectacle you won't forget!

Get ready for the mesmerizing clash of elements at our Fire & Ice event, where spectacular ice & fire performances take center stage! Join us for an electrifying event blending fire & ice—experience mesmerizing performances, the Holiday Night Market, skating rink fun, delectable treats, and more!

Marvel at the breathtaking ice carving battle as brilliant local ice artist Todd Dawson from Ice Occasions transforms frozen blocks into intricate sculptures, all while the Carolina Circus Festival's fire dancers ignite the night sky with their daring displays. Surround yourself with the warm glow of flickering fire bowls as you witness this stunning collision of artistry.

Explore the enchanting Holiday Night Market by The Night Market Co. at the Ivey Ellington Lot just across the street—an ideal spot to discover delightful holiday treasures and unique gifts!

Bring the whole family for jolly photos with Santa to capture the joy of the season. Don't miss this chance to share smiles, laughter, and wishes with the man in red!

Glide and twirl on our seasonal skating rink in Park Street Courts, while indulging in delicious bites from our lineup of fantastic food trucks! Indulge in the cozy delights of s'mores (while supplies last) and ice cream (for purchase from Howdy Homemade Ice Cream), completing this enchanting fusion of heat and chill. It's a night filled with unforgettable memories, so grab your friends and family and join us for an extraordinary experience!

TIMELINE

  • Photos with Santa: 4-8 p.m. at the Academy Pavilion
  • Fire & Ice Shows: 5-9 p.m. at the Performance Pavilion and Great Lawn
  • Poetry Fox: 5-9 p.m. at the Bark Bar
  • The Holiday Night Market by The Night Market Co.: 5-9 p.m. at the Ivey Ellington Lot
  • Food Trucks: 5-9 p.m. along Park St Courts
  • S'mores Station: 5 p.m., until supplies last, at Frantz Lawn
  • Skating Rink: 2-10 p.m. in Park Street Arena

TICKETS

  • This event is free to attend, and tickets are not required, but we strongly encourage you to RSVP. RSVPs help us plan for how many people to expect and you can receive important event updates including inclement weather information.

DIRECTIONS & PARKING

  • This event will be held throughout all areas of Downtown Cary Park (327 S. Academy St, Cary, NC 27511)
  • There is an accessible parking deck located behind the Cary Regional Library (113 Walnut St, Cary, NC 27511). Additionally, parking is available in the parking lot on Charlie Gaddy Lane (Old Library Site), at designated street parking throughout Downtown, and at the Town Hall Parking Deck (121 Wilkinson Ave, Cary, NC 27513).
  • A rideshare drop-off location for the Park is available on S. Walker St. near The Walker Apartment building.
  • Make the most of the free GoCary bus service to easily access the Park. All eight GoCary bus routes conveniently connect at the Cary Depot, which is less than half a mile from the Park. If you prefer not to walk, simply board either bus Route 5 – Kildaire Farm or Route 6 – Buck Jones at the Cary Depot and hop off at the S Academy St at Downtown Cary Park bus stop, right in front of the park entrance. To plan your trip or access the GoCary Ride Guide please visit GoCary.org.

FOOD & DRINK

  • The Park has two food and beverage facilities. The Bark Bar will serve beer and wine as well as non-alcoholic beverages and light snacks. Market 317, located in Academy Pavilion, is an elevated grab and go style café that will offer delicious wraps, sandwiches, charcuterie boards and more.
  • For water, there are four bottle filling stations located at various locations throughout the Park.
  • Guests can bring their own food into the Park, but outside alcoholic beverages are not permitted. You may, however, purchase and consume alcohol from participating permitted businesses within the social district.
  • Food trucks will also be onsite for this event.

RESTROOMS & DOGS

  • There are 5 individual bathroom areas and 24 total public toilets throughout the Park.
  • Leashed, friendly dogs are welcome throughout the Park, but please use your best judgement to determine if your dog will enjoy the event! With a dog park pass, the Barkyard is accessible from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m.

WEATHER/CANCELLATIONS

  • If we need to postpone or cancel due to inclement weather, we will communicate through Eventbrite email. Downtown Cary Park has the right to cancel programs onsite if severe weather impacts the event or poses a safety risk

QUESTIONS?

  • For questions, please call 311 (919-469-4000 if not in town limits) or email downtownparkevents@carync.gov
  • Guest Services is open Monday – Saturday: 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. and Sunday: 1:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • Downtown Cary Park FAQ

INCLUSION SERVICES

  • Downtown Cary Park strives to provide a positive experience for all guests. Our goal is to accommodate you and meet your individual needs. Please reach out to adam.bell@carync.gov for more information.