Artisans begin construction on Ice Castles in Lake Geneva

LAKE GENEVA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- Construction has officially begun on the Ice Castles in Lake Geneva! This week, ice artisans began growing and harvesting icicles to create the frozen attraction that draws tens of thousands of visitors to Geneva National Resort & Club each winter.

Each day, ice artisans will harvest and hand-place up to 10,000 icicles to build the acre-sized ice attraction. In addition to the Ice Castles will also offer horse-drawn sleigh rides down an illuminated winter path this season.

The Utah-based company behind the attraction anticipates the Ice Castles in Lake Geneva will open mid-to-late January, weather permitting. 

According to a news release, before the fairy tale experience can open to the public, a team of artisans will spend thousands of hours working out in below-freezing temperatures - dripping, shaping and hand-placing icicles.

The life-size frozen playground includes ice-carved slides, tunnels, fountains, crawl spaces, caverns, and intricately carved ice thrones. At night, color-changing LED lights embedded in the ice create a beautiful, enchanting glow throughout the experience.

The castle in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin is one of five Ice Castles locations in the United States. Other locations include Midway, Utah; New Brighton, Minnesota; Lake George, New York; and North Woodstock, New Hampshire.

A limited number of priority booking vouchers are on sale now HERE.

For those who want to ensure they get tickets to the winter experience – which sells out every week – priority booking vouchers provide exclusive early access to reserve the date and time of your visit.

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