Fire & Ice Festival Kicks off on January 27th, 2023

an ice sculpture in front of a house at night

Now in its sixth year, the award-winning Fire and Ice Festival is set to begin on Friday, January 27th with a “Lights, Camera, Action!” theme. Come to downtown Bethany Beach, Ocean View, Millville, Fenwick Island, and Dagsboro to experience the Quiet Resorts like never before! Festival goers can trade their beach cruisers for ice skates at the family-friendly weekend full of winter festivities. This includes multiple “Walk of Fame” ice sculpture tours, live sculpture demonstrations, ice skating rink, winter maze, drink tastings, beer garden, music, movies, bonfires, and — of course — a seasonal stop at your favorite shops, restaurants, and businesses.

This event is presented by the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce, Bethany Beach Ocean Suites, Hotel Bethany Beach, Delaware Office of Tourism, Bethany Beach Books, the Town of Bethany Beach, the Town of Ocean View, Millville Boardwalk, Salted Vines Vineyard & Winery, and 67 local businesses.

The festival’s theme, “Lights, Camera, Action!” will feature movie themed sculptures along with music, activities, and more.

“We are excited to be bringing the Fire & Ice Festival to the Quiet Resorts for its sixth year”, says Lauren Weaver, executive director of the Bethany-Fenwick Area Chamber of Commerce. “The support of local businesses will make this year’s event even bigger. The sculpture tour is comprised entirely of pieces sponsored by Chamber businesses, many of whom are working together to make the overall experience fun and memorable for all festival-goers.”

Town Happenings


Bethany Beach is hosting a number of fun festival activities throughout the entire weekend. On Friday, January 27th, lace up your skates- the ice rink is back! On Saturday, January 28th, you won’t want to miss the Ice Sculptures provided by The Ice God! the lineup of events will include a “Walk of Fame” ice sculpture tour, live ice carving demonstration, movie on the bandstand, and more!

Ocean View’s John West Park is the place to be on Friday, January 27th. Enjoy an outdoor beer garden, “Walk of Fame” ice sculpture tour, classic movie “Notorious” showing, “LabryinthWinter Maze, and more!  On Saturday, January 28th, the beer garden will be open from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm with a live music performance by Notes on the Beach from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm

Salted Vines Vineyard & Winery has its own “Walk of Fame” ice sculpture tour on Friday, January 27th. This includes a 900-pound ice luge, live DJ, Fiona’s Food Truck, and more! Food truck sales benefit Santa’s Letters.

The Millville Boardwalk will heat things up on Friday, January 27th with a bonfire and s’mores, a “Walk of Fame” Ice Tour, characters from “Frozen”, Disney Karaoke, and more. The Bonfire will be managed by and benefit Millville Volunteer Fire Company.

Chili Cookoff: Celebrate the action-packed Fire & Ice weekend by taking advantage of a little friendly competition and warm up with some of the best tasting chili in the area.  Proceeds will benefit the Millville Volunteer Fire Company.  Ticket includes up to 25 Chilis to taste, cornbread and saltines, your choice of beverage cash bar, ice sculpture, music, ice cream and more! Tickets also serve as raffle tickets towards a great prize. All ticket sales will benefit Millville Volunteer Fire Company.

Tasting Tour: Be sure to join us for the Fire & Ice Drink Tasting Tour throughout the festival weekend. Purchase a Tasting Tour and bring this card to each participating restaurant to taste its signature Fire & Ice “Lights, Camera, Action!” themed cocktail. The drink card will be honored throughout the weekend. The Tasting Tour will benefit Beebe Healthcare’s South Coastal Emergency Department and Cancer Center.

Bays Benefit: Come relax in your best Tommy Bahama shirt and warm up on Fire & Ice Weekend at Bernie’s with a fun event benefitting the Delaware Center for the Inland Bays. Fenwick Shores will be hosting this limited, ticketed event.  Food will be provided by Matt’s Fish Camp Fenwick and libations will be provided by the Brew Masters from Ocean View Brewery.

Clayton Matinee: What’s a Hollywood-themed festival without a chance to go to the movies? Sponsored by Heather’s Home Works, the charming Dagsboro Clayton Theater will be showing matinees on Sunday January 29th at 12:00 pm and 3:00 pm. An ice sculpture will be on site. Visit the Clayton Theater website for tickets and to learn more about Delaware’s only single-screen theater.

The festival wraps up on Sunday, January 29th. A full event schedule, times, and tickets for the Chili Cookoff, Tasting Tour, and Bays Benefit visit

For more information call 302-539-2100.