Visitors to Bradford’s multi-award winning City Park in late December will be enchanted by five beautiful ice sculptures thanks to Bradford Council and local artist, Jamie Wardley.

CityParkA magical Christmas scene, The Ice Post Box, will be created out of large blocks of solid ice with a chain saw, chisels, and an ice knife by the artist and his team from Sandinyoureye.

Visitors to City Park will be able to see the fascinating ice sculpting process in a live carve and with the help of Santa’s Chief Elf and a team of origami artists, create letters which can be posted to Santa in an icy pillar box.

The Lord Mayor of Bradford, Councillor Mike Gibbons and the Lady Mayoress Elizabeth Sharp will join the  Lord Mayor’s mascot, Brad Ford Bear to post his letter to Santa in the Ice Sculpture Post Box.

Some of the sculptures will be produced off-site and revealed later that day.

There will be a professional photographer in City Park to capture people with the elves and the photographs will be uploaded to the artist’s Facebook page so people can share them.

This year Bradford’s ice sculpture exhibition will follow the adventures of ‘Snow Flake the Snowman’ on his travels to the North Pole over sea, air and land.

The Buttershaw-based sand and ice sculpture company, Sandinyoureye has created a number of artworks in Bradford including ice sculptures Have you seen Santa in 2012, The Children of the Snow and the Boy with the Little Idea last year and a huge sand sculpture of Charles Darwin in 2009.

The live carve starts at 11am, Saturday 20 December and people will be able to see all sculptures from 1:30pm on the same day.

The ice sculptures will be on display until they melt.

Coun Susan Hinchcliffe, Portfolio Holder for Employment, Skills and Culture, said: “We are delighted to be staging ice sculptures in City Park again.

“Last year’s sculptures were beautiful so we are really looking forward to seeing this year’s creations.

“Entry is free and I encourage everyone to come down and enjoy them. Be quick, because they may not last!”

Artist, Jamie Wardley, said: “Children and adults will be able to write their wish lists and post them in the ice post box ready for Snow Flake to deliver. Families will also be able to have their photos taken with the ice sculptures.”