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Ice Castles to open in New Brighton Friday

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NEW BRIGHTON, MN (KARE)-- Some Minnesotans hate winter, while others… celebrate all things cold and frozen.

Those from the second group will likely be among the thousands that will wander among the artful sculptures at Ice Castles at Long Lake Regional Park in New Brighton, when the popular attraction opens this Friday, Jan. 17.

Ice artisans worked around the clock through inconsistent, often warm weather to get the attraction ready for Friday’s grand opening. That work included shaping and hand-placing icicles to create the life-size fairytale playground.

The result is an acre-sized interactive experience, which features ice-carved tunnels, fountains, slides, frozen thrones, and cascading towers of ice embedded with color-changing LED lights.

Tickets for Ice Castles go on sale Monday via the Ice Castles website. Adults will pay $12.99 for general admission, while tickets for children are $9.99. 

The attraction was moved to New Brighton due to high river levels in Stillwater. In its five previous years in Minnesota, Ice Castles has been hosted by Excelsior, Stillwater and Eden Prairie.

Additional information can be found on the Ice Castles website.

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