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Ice Castles

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

Ice Castles in Utah 2020 - Best Time
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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.

Ice Castle in Midway, Utah 2020
Ice Castle in Midway, Utah
Ice Castle in Utah 2020
Ice Castle in Utah

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).

Ice Castles Edmonton, Alberta 2020
Ice Castles Edmonton, Alberta

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 is used for these creations.

Ice Castles in Utah - Best Season 2020
Best time for Ice Castles in Utah 2020

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 colorful lights twinkling inside the ice. So dress warm if you want to see everything and try all the activities. Ice castles move to different cities throughout the country and to the neighboring Canada as well.

Unfortunately, some winters might be too warm for such a beauty, so it melts before everyone gets a chance to see the castles.