Burlington County's First Night New Year's Eve celebration Tuesday honors the horse, the Chinese zodiac sign for the year, with horse sculptures and an ice throne, built outside the historic prison on High Street in Mount Holly.

The evening includes performances, workshops, tours of the prison, and digital fireworks.

The ice sculpture, commissioned by the Mount Holly Rotary Club, took about three hours for sculptor Kevin Gregory to make Monday. It is illuminated with red lights.

Gregory, who runs Ice Concepts out of Hatfield, also works on the annual Fire and Ice festival in Mount Holly.

How long will the horse sculpture last?

"That's all up to Mother Nature," Gregory said. - Julia Terruso