Tentative Opening Date: Friday, January 18, 2019. Lake Geneva is taking winter to a whole new level with the addition of their hand made, magical ice castles that will stretch along the shore of Geneva Lake. The acre-sized castle is projected to open in late January along with five other Ice Castles locations in Midway, Utah; Dillon, Colorado; Stillwater, Minnesota; Lincoln, New Hampshire; and Edmonton, Canada. According to Melissa Smuzynski of Ice Castles, “The experience will provide different areas to explore. Some of the locations in previous years featured a chandelier room, with beautiful icicles dangling overhead; a maze that has a series of tunnels and slot canyons; and even a fountain room with a water feature synchronized to music.” We’re excited to see what’s in store for us in Lake Geneva.
While you might think of an ice castle being made out of blocks of ice, these castles are much more intricate. Each ice castle is built by hand and takes thousands of man-hours to create. The daily process consists of growing 5,000 to 12,000 icicles that are harvested by hand and individually sculpted into existing ice formations. The newly placed icicles are then drenched with water creating an astonishing and ever-changing variety of ice formations. LED lights are frozen inside the ice and twinkle to music adding a magical ambiance to the breathtaking interactive sculptures.
Opening dates and hours are always weather dependent and location specific. Tickets will go on sale just after Thanksgiving and the prices are as follows: Monday-Thursday: Online- General Admission (12+): $15.95 Child (4-11): $10.95. Mon-Thurs: Walkup (Standby)- General Admission (12+): $20 Child (4-11): $15. Friday-Sunday: Online- General Admission (12+): $18.95 Child (4-11): $14.95. Fri-Sat. Walkup (Standby)- General Admission (12+): $25 Child (4-11): $20. Holiday pricing is the same as weekend pricing (Dec. 26-28, Jan. 1, Jan. 21, and Feb. 18). 0-3 Years old are free – not required to have a ticket
For more information about the Ice Castles including how to get tickets, click here.