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Ice Castles

Updated on December 2, 2018

Ice Castles - What a wonderful winter gift

When I was a child there was no such thing as an ice castle. We could see them only in our dreams. And truly, looking at all of the pictures of these wondrous ice sculptures they do seem to have come about from a dream.

Imagine see one sparkling in the sunlight and being able to walk up to it, touch it, and even walk through it. It's enough to make you feel as thought you have woken up in a wondrous winter wonderland.

At night these wondrous structures are lit up with various colors of light, making them seem even more dreamlike.

As an adult I am fascinated by them. As a child, I am sure I would have felt like a princess. My children are now taking their children to see ice castle. What a wonderful gift to us all.

Each one of these ice castles are visited by hundreds of people every year.

 Saranack Lake Ice Castle
Saranack Lake Ice Castle | Source

Saranack Lake, NY

The ice castle in Saranack Lake, NY has been built every year since1898. It began as more of an outgrowth of their tremendous ice industy in that area. To make this castle the residents, who volunteer and are not trained in architecture, use pretty much the same methods that was used way back in the beginning. It is not the main event at the Saranak Lake Winter Carnival every year.

Ice Castle on Lake Louise in Calgary, Canada
Ice Castle on Lake Louise in Calgary, Canada | Source

This beautiful ice castle at Lake Louise in Calgary, Canada has been open for years to celebrate the Ice Magic Festival. Not only is there a castle built every year but also a great selection of fairy tale type sculpture for your viewing pleasure. There is ice skating, sleigh rides, ice carving demonstrations, and an Ice playground for the children. The ice castle seems to be the favorite attraction - you are able to go into it and wander around looking out of it's windows. It makes you feel just like a princess, or a prince.

Ice Palace (castle) 1896
Ice Palace (castle) 1896 | Source

Springthorne, Colorado

The Ice Castles in Springthorne, Colorado are the brainchild of Brent Christensen. Every year this man and his crew do what he loves best - create out in the ice and snow. Each castle is made out of icicles. They ice icicles are formed each night by them turning on the sprinklers and letting the water freeze making towers, walls, tunnels, and spirals.

During the day these formations sparkle brightly in the sunlight beckoning people to enter and walk through them. At night they glow from the many lights placed inside and around them making a winter wonderland.

Ice Castle in Eagle River, WI
Ice Castle in Eagle River, WI

Eagle River, WI

This ice castle is brought to us by firefighters who volunteer hundreds of hours to build this beautiful castle. It takes close to 300 blocks of ice to build it. All of the ice is take from a local lake. The ice castle has been built at Eagle River since the 1920's, except for a couple of years during World War II.

Saint Paul Winter Carnival in Minnesota
Saint Paul Winter Carnival in Minnesota | Source

Saint Paul Winter Carnival in Minnesota

This beautiful castle is in Minnesota at the Saint Paul Winter Carnival. The carnival began in the 1800's and every year their main event is a beautiful ice castle. The castle is made with water from the Minnesota lakes.

© 2012 Susan Hazelton


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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      DDE, they are beautiful. Especially in the evening with the lights shining on them.

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      Devika Primić 

      6 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Ice castles look so lovely and unique. You have thought of an incredible idea to share with your readers voted up!

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      Susan Hazelton 

      6 years ago from Sunny Florida

      dahoglund, they certainly are impressive. Too bad you didn't get a closer look. Thanks for reading.

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      6 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      Although I grew up in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis/St.Paul, I have never gone to the Winter Carnival because I cannot bear being out in the cold weather for any length of time. I did have a job where my bus to work went by the ice sculpture, ao I did get a good view of it. They are all impressive.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      strictlydating, they are so beautiful. If you ever see one make sure you take a camera.

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      7 years ago from Australia

      They are awesome! I would love to see one! But here in Australia, I've never heard of one being built... So maybe I will be lucky enough to see one on my travels one day.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      moonlake, they are beautiful. I love the way the light causes the castle to pick up all the colors.

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      7 years ago from America

      We've seen the Eagle River ice castle it's not far from us. They are beautiful. Voted Up.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      frogyfish, I find the ice castle fascinatingly beautiful. I'm glad you enjoyed it.

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      7 years ago from Central United States of America

      This is amazing. Loved your pictures and descriptions of the ice castles across the US, as I did not know people built these on an ongoing basis. The video was also interesting...showed a lot of work, like 'real' construction! Those blocks of ice were opaque to translucent, then clear...made a beautiful ice-block. Thank you for sharing this interesting hub.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      hawaiianodysseus, they are beautiful. I hope you get to see one someday. Have a wonderful holiday.

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      Hawaiian Odysseus 

      7 years ago from Southeast Washington state

      This is the first time in my life that I've heard about ice castles. What a marvelous subject to write about, and I must say, you did an amazing job of capturing the essence of ice castles, complementing your article with beautiful images, and sharing all of this splendor with us. Thank you so much, KKG! Have a blessed Christmas and New Year's celebration!

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      drbj, I ran across it when I was doing my research. It looks interesting. It's a great idea for a hub - Ice hotels.

      gingerka, thanks. I think the castles are beautiful.

      Mhatter99, you're quite welcome.

      btrbell, I love the way the sun sparkles off of the ice - it makes it look so magical.

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      Randi Benlulu 

      7 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Wow, these are beautiful! Thank you so much for sharing! We used to have a snow sculpture display in the Chicago area and I thought that was pretty cool but this is way better! Up+++

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      Martin Kloess 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Amazing! Thank you for sharing this with us.

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      7 years ago from Colorado

      I love the pictures!

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      These ice castles are beautiful, KKGals. Did you know that there is an Ice Hotel in Sweden with an Ice Bar made completely from ice. It's fun to visit but verrrry cold inside.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      vibesites, it is pretty. These castles are like visiting a fairy tale.

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      7 years ago from United States

      The Colorado ice castle looks mysterious and beautiful. One day I will visit one of those spots... just to chill, also literally. Voted up and interesting. :)

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      Susan Hazelton 

      7 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Thanks Diana Lee. I think they are beautiful.

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      Diana L Pierce 

      7 years ago from Potter County, Pa.

      I've never visited one, but they are beautiful. It is a good hub subject for this time of year. Voted up.


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