The wildly popular Lake Geneva Ice Castles have attracted tens of thousands to Wisconsin’s Geneva National Resort for years offering guests an astounding array of ice-carved activities and attractions in a life-size frozen playground created from over 10,000 icicles.
Due to an unfavorably short winter season last time around organizers have rung the changes and launched a new look experience under the new name “Winter Realms”.
Taking place a short journey from Chicago at the Geneva National Resort, Winter Relams is scheduled to open in late December offering a more weather-resistant experience that should guarantee more time to explore the reimagined “one-of-a-kind winter dreamscape”.
The award-winning creators of Ice Castles have kept original ice attractions in the form of frozen crawlspaces, ice slides, and ice sculptures but have added various other attractions to this year’s inaugural Winter Realms.
Visitors can this year warm up next to an erupting ice volcano, take horse-drawn wagon rides through tree-lined areas illuminated with glowing lights, or stroll along “a pathway awash with colorful lights that unveil a world of magic with every step” at the Mystic Light Walk.
The all-new Polar Pub will offer somewhere to take European Après-ski culture to the next level with a beer or winter cocktail while the Arctic Alcove is a secluded area that can be privately booked for milestones and special celebrations.
The Arctic Village ensures the magic of previous Ice Castles perdures with “an awe-inspiring complex of towers, caverns, igloos, ice and snow structures and a magnificent ice throne” while guests will once again be able to chase classic thrills with ice slides and a tubing hill.
According to organizers, the new exhibit is scheduled to open in late December and tickets will go on sale on Wednesday, December 6 but opening dates will still be dependent on the weather as, for some parts of the experience, the forecast and temperatures need to be cold enough to generate snow and icicles.
“Once the attraction is nearing completion, we will announce our opening date. Winter Realms will then run through late February or early March, depending on the weather” reads the Winter Realms website.
Winter Realms will also come to New York’s Lake George while ice castle locations will continue in Utah’s Midway, Colorado’s Cripple Creek, Minnesota’s Maple Grove, and North Hampshire’s North Woodstock.
More information can be found at www.winterrealms.com.
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