Giant Ice Castles to Debut in Canada, Return to MN, NH and UT

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Ice Castles, LLC is creating an acre-sized, all-ice structure for the first time in Edmonton, Alberta this winter, and is also returning to Minnesota, New Hampshire and Utah. The icy attractions feature waterfalls, slides, caves and tunnels, along with a fantastical light show set to music.

The Eden Prairie Ice Castle

The Eden Prairie Ice Castle

What’s so cool is that each castle is unique because of Mother Nature’s role in constantly melting, freezing and reshaping the ice. Even within each location, every day provides a new experience.

Ice Castles, LLC is bringing its popular winter attraction back to Lincoln, New Hampshire; Eden Prairie, Minnesota; and Midway, Utah for a second season with more interactive features, including slides, tunnels and caves. A fourth Ice Castle will also debut in Edmonton, Alberta. The acre-sized Ice Castles are slated to open to the public in late December.

Visitors can expect a completely unique kind of ice structure—different than traditional ice palaces that are constructed of blocks. Instead the Ice Castle begins construction with the placement of a single icicle that gets watered and molded to other icicles until the massive structure takes shape. What results are organic formations similar to those found in nature, like waterfalls, glaciers and ice caves. With the help of a team of 10-20 ice artists, the ice is fashioned into towers, archways, tunnels, slot canyons, stalactites, slides and thrones.

One of the most popular features of the Ice Castle is the evening light show. Thousands of LED lights embedded in the ice coordinate with stirring instrumental music to transport guests into a fantastical wonderland. Visitors can also enjoy squeezing, squishing and crawling through parts of the stunning, Narnia-like display.

Ice Castles are the brainchild of Utah-based ice artist Brent Christensen, who invented the process used to create Ice Castles in his backyard in 2008 while making an ice cave for his young daughter.

“All of our Ice Castles share the same ingredients and process for construction,” said Christensen. “But what’s so cool is that each castle is unique because of Mother Nature’s role in constantly melting, freezing and reshaping the ice. Even within each location, every day provides a new experience.”

The Ice Castles are expected to be open to the public in late December through early March 2016, weather permitting. Ticket prices and hours for each location can be found at http://www.icecastles.com.

About Ice Castles            
Ice Castles is a Utah-based company, led by ice artist Brent Christensen and CEO Ryan Davis, which creates acre-sized, all-ice castles at venues across the United States and Canada. Over 750,000 guests have visited an Ice Castle since the company's establishment in 2009. For photos, videos and more information, visit http://www.icecastles.com or http://instagram.com/icecastles_.

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