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Frozen Wonderland Returns to Utah


Ice Castles Opening January 8 in Midway

Ice Castles, LLC is bringing its popular winter attraction back to Midway, Utah for a second season with more interactive features, including slides, tunnels and caves. The acre-sized Ice Castle is being completed at Utah’s Soldier Hollow Resort, located at 2002 Soldier Hollow Road, Midway, Utah, 84049, and will be opening on January 8.

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. This winter, his stunning creations will be found in Eden Prairie, MN; Lincoln, NH; Midway, UT and Edmonton, Alberta.

“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 Castle opens January 8 and is expected to stay open through early March, weather permitting. Ticket prices and hours are as follows:

Online Purchase Price:

Child (4-11): $6.95
General (12+): $9.95

Child (4-11): $8.95
General (12+): $12.95

Standby Price:

Child (4-11): $10
General (12+): $15

Child (4-11): $12
General (12+): $18


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