MANHATTAN BEACH, Calif., Dec. 18 (UPI) -- Michigan's Plymouth Ice Festival was picked by a California-based tourism Web site to top its list of "Five Great Ice Festivals Around the World."
VirtualTourist.com said the three-day Plymouth festival includes events sponsored by the National Ice Carving Association and a speed carving competition with chainsaws.
The Ice Magic Festival of Banff, Alberta, Canada, includes a main carving event as well as a "One Carver One Hour One Block" event, which tests the creativity a single carver can bring out in only one hour, VirtualTourist said.
Ice Alaska of Fairbanks, a month-long festival that hosts the U.S. National Ice Carving Championship, was named third on the list by the Web site. The festival draws an estimated 45,000 people each year and includes events aimed at professionals and amateurs alike.
China's Harbin Ice and Snow World, which is marking its 26th year, was chosen as fourth on the list, which cited the beauty of the multi-colored lighting on the festival's ice buildings at night.
Finishing off the list was the Ice Sculpture Gallery in Moscow, an ice sculpture museum that requires visitors to wear silver coats to prevent body heat from melting the artworks.