Frosty

Dave Haste
By Dave Haste Last edited 131 months ago
Frosty
Massive illuminated snowman

If you’ve travelled through the Canary Wharf area in the last week or so, you may have noticed a bloody great 12 metre tall illuminated snowman sitting by the footbridge over West India Dock.

You can get an intriguing view of the back of his head from the DLR as it passes through West India Quay station, but to really get the best effect you’ll need to view him from the front – he is facing more-or-less due west, smiling at the City (or so we like to think).

We love Frosty. We want to give him a big Christmassy hug, but even Londonist’s collective arms aren’t long enough to go around him. (And he’s somewhat cordoned off, so we can’t quite get close enough anyway.)

To be honest though, we’re not entirely sure what he’s doing in the Docklands. Or how he got there. Or how long he’s planning on staying. So if anyone knows anything about him, please feel free to illuminate us…

Last Updated 19 December 2006

Ben

I don't know anything about him, but I know there's an identical 12m tall illuminated snowman outside the O2 centre on the Finchley Road.

Katie

Thanks for that, Ben. The snowman looks cool (sorry) but Docklands is a bit far from me to go for a visit. Finchley Road is much more manageable.

Dave

Oh come on, Katie! Finchley Road might be slightly more convenient for you, but a great big illuminated snowman fits in much better amongst the bright lights of Canary Wharf!

I reckon this Christmas you should break out of North London and take a little jaunt along the Jubilee Line...

Cheryl

Hi, thought I might shed some light on this one.
I'm glad you love him because we do too although not much fun putting them up. We at Merlin Lighting & Events Ltd have been installing these giant snowman on behalf of X-Leisure who own various leisure parks across the country, indeed there is also one in the O2 Centre, Brighton Marina, Parr's Wood, Manchester and Star City in Birmingham. Unfortunately, they were not designed to withstand the recent wind speeds and some have fallen over. I am sure he will return next year though.

Cheryl

Hi, thought I might shed some light on this one.
I'm glad you love him because we do too although not much fun putting them up. We at Merlin Lighting & Events Ltd have been installing these giant snowman on behalf of X-Leisure who own various leisure parks across the country, indeed there is also one in the O2 Centre, Brighton Marina, Parr's Wood, Manchester and Star City in Birmingham. Unfortunately, they were not designed to withstand the recent wind speeds and some have fallen over. I am sure he will return next year though.