Ice Castles

Lake Geneva Ice Castles Open This Weekend With New Features

The ice castles are built by hand and made entirely of ice.

Despite the unusually warm temperatures delaying their regular start time, the Lake Geneva Ice Castles will be up and running this weekend, opening Saturday, February 4th.

Organizers plan to be open for two weeks, a shorter run than usual.

Visitors can expect the frozen towers, caverns, icicle arches, ice slides, tunnels, and frozen fairytale features they’ve come to love at the iconic winter wonderland.

LED lights are frozen inside the ice and light up the castles at night.

LED lights frozen inside the ice light up and change color at night.

New this year is a reimagined horse drawn sleigh ride trail with new lighting features and whimsical winter characters who guests will be able to meet.

Tickets have been released for the event, with general admission tickets for ages 12 and up starting at $25 and tickets for children starting at $17.

The ice castles use 13 million gallons of water.

Lake Geneva’s popular ice castles had remained closed in January after organizers said warmer winter weather made for challenging conditions. 

Fascinating Facts

The Ice Castles use 13 million gallons of water in ice.

The immersive structures are made entirely from ice.

Each castle weights more than 25 million pounds.

Each castle is approximately 1 acre in size and weighs more than 25 million pounds.

The Ice Castles use 13 million gallons of water in ice. All Ice Castles sites are located next to a natural water source so the water returns to the environment each spring to be used again by wildlife, people,
and plants.

Construction began in early November, when ice artists began building the entire attraction using icicles they grow, harvest, and hand-place, one by on.

The ice castles in Lake Geneva are scheduled to stay open through February.

But the warmer temperatures melted their expert work.

Now that the cold is back, the Ice Castles are scheduled to stay open through February or as long as the weather allows.

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