Living simply in the wild

Fire & Ice Winterfest in Lake Chelan


Tower of Fire & Ice Sculpture Lighting

There is something very charming about a small town in the winter. Same holds for summer but Lake Chelan isn’t a small town in the summer, the population swells by 20k in the summer. So winter holds a special place for the residents here. It’s small, it’s quiet and calm.


January here is all about Fire & Ice. Winterfest lasts 2 weeks and the city transforms into a beautiful scenery of Ice Sculptures and Fire. It’s truly beautiful.

Sadly many of the events were cancelled this year due to weather and lack of snow. Things like Snow Yoga, a Snow Shoe race, Sky Diving ariel show but there was still much fun to be had.


Beautiful Ice Sculptures were being carved the past few weeks all around the town and put on display.



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There was even a giant slide carved from ice for the kids to slide down again and again…which they did again and again.


Ice Slide


Ice Slide

On the last night of Winterfest we filled our night! Touring all the Ice Sculptures…Watching carvings…


Sculpting a Salmon

Watching the Parade that glowed through main street


Glowing Parade at Night


Glowing Parade

After the Parade the whole town walked in a massive heard down to the waters edge.

Gathering around a huge bonfire and watching a large amount of slightly insane individuals do a Polar Plunge into the Icy Lake. Let me tell you that this lake is fed by glaciers so even in July it is a Polar Plunge stepping into the water.


Glowing Boats A Float


Bon Fire to warm the ones who jumped in the lake

We all ended the night with a beautiful fireworks display and really ended things with a bang. Yes i know, you saw that line coming.

Small town charm was at it’s best. From different wineries being set up in each store for the Wine tasting walk through town to the fire pits every couple yards, to a wish lantern lighting. It was a magical time, and perhaps one of my favorite thus far.


Captivated by the Fireworks over the Lake



3 responses

  1. I love hearing when there are great little festivals going on. One of the things that always makes a town better is when there are activities that both adults and kids can enjoy. I’m sure the kiddos had a great time!

    January 20, 2014 at 1:06 pm

    • Simply The Wildside

      Rachel, small town festivals are really what make a town have it’s ‘feel’. Chelan did not disappoint!

      January 21, 2014 at 8:21 pm

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