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Ice Castles

One of the best ways to spend a winter day is to visit a magical ice castle


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An award-winning frozen attraction brings winter magic to several cities across North America each year. Professional ice artists create a unique experience hand-placing hundreds of thousands of icicles. The castle journey takes visitors through breathtaking LED-lit sculptures, ice-carved tunnels, frozen thrones, fountains, slides, and much more. Each location has a unique design with one-of-a-kind features. Host cities change annually, so keep an eye for the updates to make you are in the right place at the right time.

The first spectacular ice structures in the world were created in a town of Midway, Utah. The founder of the Ice Castles—Brent Christensen—initially made an ice cave for his daughter, but later he decided to expand his creativity. Now his amazing ice castles decorate winter landscape not only in Utah but also in New Hampshire, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Colorado, and Alberta (Canada).

Thousands of visitors from all over the globe come to see how this unique ice architecture is being created. Ice artists use tens of thousands of icicles to make one castle. The process takes around 17 days. The icicles are grown, harvested and then placed together and sprinkled with water. Altogether over 100 million kilograms of ice are used for these creations.

The castles are open for visits as long as the weather is cold. Kids and adults adore walking there, crawling through the tunnels and sliding from the small slides. During the evening visit, everyone can enjoy the variety of colourful lights twinkling inside the ice. So dress warmly if you want to see everything and try all the activities. Ice castles move to different cities throughout the country and to neighbouring Canada as well.

Unfortunately, some winters might be too warm for such beauty and the castles melt before everyone gets a chance to see them.

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