More than 380,000 visitors stopped by Yekaterinburg’s XIII International Ice Sculpture Europe-Asia competition between Dec. 29 and Jan. 19.
Held in the Square of 1905, the ice competition's theme this year was “Blooming Apple and Pear,” and featured ice sculptures commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Great Patriotic War, also known as World War II.
"The Joy of Victory" ice sculpture won first place in the competition. Created by a team from Arkhangelsk, the sculpture depicted the thrill of the 1945 victory over evil.
In addition to other teams from throughout Russia, the competition included ice sculpting teams from Poland, Japan and Bulgaria.
Spectators were able to try their hand at ice sculpting as well, in addition to visiting the city's official holiday tree and competing in ice climbing contests.
A 10-minute video on the Second World War was also shown at the Brest Fortress in the middle of the square.