Construction Begins on Massive Ice Castles in Lake Geneva
Nov 21, 2018
Published Nov 21, 2018 at 2:27 PM | Updated at 2:38 PM CST on Nov 21, 2018
Mark your calendar: these "Ice Castles" are coming to Wisconsin this winter.
The stunning, internally-lit life-size castles, made by hand each winter by a Utah-based sculptor and his team, are slated to open in Lake Geneva at the end of December. It's one of six locations opening for the season across the country, including Midway, Utah; New Hampshire; Edmonton, Alberta; Stillwater, Minnesota; and Dillon, Colorado.
"Ice Castles features ice-carved tunnels, fountains, slides, frozen thrones and towering ice formations," the company said, noting each castle weighs more than 25 million pounds and is "built by hand and takes thousands of man-hours to create."
Though the exact opening date of Lake Geneva's ice castles will be determined by weather, the company says a date likely will be announced mid-December and pre-sale tickets will become available right after Thanksgiving. The castles typically stay open through early March.
The amazing structures are made entirely of ice, and LED lights frozen inside light them. "All of our Ice Castles are located next to a natural water source so all of our water returns directly into the environment to be used again by wildlife, people and plants," the company said.
Each day, artisans are growing and harvesting up to 10,000 icicles to build the winter experience. “Mother Nature has been our friend this month,” Ice Castles CEO Ryan Davis said in a statement. “Our crews have been working hard over the last week to make ice and build an interactive experience that families across the Midwest will love.”