CHRISTMAS isn’t often white in London, but in the New Year there’s a chance to share in some freezing fun as the Natural History Museum is hosting its first ever Ice Sculpture Festival.

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Five award-winning ice sculpting teams from around the world will represent their respective countries in a timed competition on the theme of Wildlife in The City, there will be free ice-sculpting classes for those who fancy their chances with an ice-pick (don’t tell Leon Trotsky) and it’s all free.

“London is the epicentre of the art world but, until now, it has not been on the map of competitive ice sculpting,” said art critic Carol Cordrey, one of the judges of the competition.

“When the Natural History Museum gave the Festival their immediate support, I knew we had not just the perfect venue, but all the right ingredients for a thrilling, magical art event.”

The Ice Sculpture Festival is on for three days, 9,10 and 11 January at the Natural History Museum ice rink, nearest Tube South Kensington.

Official site here.