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Lake Geneva’s ice castles to open Wednesday ahead of National Snow Sculpting Competition

LAKE GENEVA (WKOW) — The Lake Geneva Ice Castles will open Wednesday, January 23, just in time for the city’s popular festival, Winterfest, according to organizers.

The Utah-based company, Ice Castles, LLC, has six attractions across North America. This is the first year Ice Castles has built Lake Geneva. Unseasonably warm temperatures and rain in December and early January hindered construction of the icy attraction and delayed the opening date by a few weeks.

Ice Castles — which are made entirely from ice — features tunnels, fountains, slides, frozen thrones and cascading towers of ice embedded with color-changing LED lights that twinkle to music at night.

Artisans have spent the last eight weeks growing, harvesting, and hand-placing icicles to create the life-size winter playground. The company has other locations in Midway, Utah; North Woodstock, New Hampshire; Excelsior, Minnesota; Dillon, Colorado; and Edmonton, Alberta.

Lake Geneva’s Winterfest runs Jan. 26, 2019 through Feb. 3, 2019. The highlight is the U.S. National Snow Sculpting Competition, which takes place on the lakefront from Jan. 30 through Feb. 2, 2019.

Tickets for Ice Castles will go on sale to the public Monday at


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