Ice Sculptures, Acrobatics and More: Turning Stone to Celebrate Winter With SnöFest


Ice sculptures, cirque-style acrobatics, frosty cocktails and more chilly delights set the stage for a fun winter celebration at a resort in upstate New York.

Turning Stone Resort Casino is celebrating the coldest time of the year with SnöFest, a multi-day, resort-wide celebration of winter.

Festivities kick off January 26 with several events. The winter wonderland comes to life with a full-service Ice Bar with massive, majestic and detailed ice sculptures. The resort’s Crescent Courtyard, popular in summertime, will be transformed for SnöFest with an 18-foot-long, full-service Ice Bar, complete with ice stools and frosty cocktails.

The Ice Sculpture Courtyard with feature a life-size pool table, a motorcycle, seating and photo booth elements — all made of ice. The Ice Bar will offer Belvedere sampling to keep guests feeling toasty all night.

The executive chef at Turning Stone Wei-Sen Liang also happens to be a master ice sculptor. On Friday and Saturday, January 27 and 28, he’ll showcase some fundamental ice carving techniques for his glistening masterpieces. The award-winning ice sculptor travels the globe to compete in World Ice Championships.

Entertainment spills over into other Turning Stone venues, such as Exit 33’s SnöGlö party at Tin Rooster, The Gig, Turquoise Tiger and LAVA Nightclub. LAVA’s SnöGlö party kicks off SnöFest on Thursday, January 26 and continues on Friday and Saturday nights. One of LAVA’s legendary glow parties, the event will feature performances and music by DJs B. Mills, Chris Reiners and DJ Dread.


The Ice Bar will be open to the public from 9 p.m. - 1 a.m. Friday, January 27, and from 7 p.m. - 1 a.m. on Saturday, January 28. For $15, guests can purchase a SnöPass for entry into the Ice Bar, all four Exit 33 venues (LAVA Nightclub, Tin Rooster, The Gig and Turquoise Tiger) and an exclusive SnöGlö t-shirt. On Friday, January 27, guests can purchase Ice Bar-only entry for $6, which includes one free drink. All regular Exit 33 cover charges apply without purchase of the $15 SnöPass. Tickets can be purchased at Exit 33 every night of the event.

In the Event Center, guests can experience the breathtaking magic of cirque-style acrobatics with Pulse by Quixotic, a mesmerizing acrobatic and dance performance. Tickets for Pulse are on sale now for $32, $37, $42 and $62 and can be purchased through the Turning Stone Box Office at 1-877-833-SHOW or online via Ticketmaster.

Quixotic Aerial Reel:

Resort-Wide Events & Specials

Spa Specials: Enjoy the “Mittens and Boots” special – 50% off a paraffin or foot add-on – and the “Ultimate Thaw” – 20% off Hot Stone Massages – Monday, January 23 through Thursday, January 26 at Ʌ́hsi’ Day Spa & Salon

Ice Sculpture Demonstrations: Master ice sculptor and Executive Chef at Turning Stone Wei-Sen Liang will showcase key techniques in the Winter Garden; Friday, January 27 from 3 – 5 p.m. and Saturday, January 28 from 1 – 5 p.m.

Poker High Hands: Special High Hands Giveaways Saturday, January 28

Frosty Prize Patrol: Active slot players could be the lucky winner every half hour 12 – 8 p.m. Saturday, January 28 and 2 – 7 p.m. Sunday, January 29

Gaming Floor Fun: SnöBall Cornhole, special Spin & Win on Sunday, January 29, and other surprises

Guests can follow along with the preparations by using and following the hashtag #WelcomeWinter on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more information on SnöFest, visit