Ice Castles 2022

 Ice Castles Returning to WI as Winter Realms

We love the Ice Castles! We’ve been since they came to Wisconsin, originally in Wisconsin Dells, and now in Lake Geneva. The Ice Castles Lake Geneva is a must experience. They add new and different features every year, plus bring back fan favorites. Ice Castles will  return to Wisconsin in 2023.  Per a press release on November 8, 2023:

“A popular winter attraction is returning to the Lake Geneva area – as a new event called Winter Realms. The creators of the famous Ice Castles are debuting a new, more weather-resistant winter experience in the picturesque setting of Geneva National Resort.

Winter may still be a couple of months away, but plans and construction are underway in creating themagical winter wonderland. Winter Realms will enchant visitors with Ice Castles’ award winning towers, caverns, and crawl spaces and adding additional features that include dazzling lights, ice and snow
sculptures, horse-drawn wagon rides, a Polar Pub ice bar, a tubing hill, ice slides, and other creative ice and snow creations. The unique blend of artistry and winter wonder will ensure unforgettable winter memories for visitors of all ages.

“Winter Realms will bring the magic of winter to our guests even when Mother Nature is less predictable,” said Ice Castles CEO Kyle Standifird. “Our commitment to innovation allows us to continue creating enchanting moments, proving that, even in the face of changing climate patterns, the spirit of winter can always be celebrated.”

Winter Realms is projected to open in late December, weather permitting. Tickets will go on sale Wednesday, December 6, 2023.

The Utah-based company will have one other Winter Realms location in Lake George, NY and four other Ice Castles locations in Midway, Utah; Cripple Creek, Colorado; Maple Grove, Minnesota, and North Woodstock, New Hampshire.”

Find updates on the attraction’s website,

We attended on February 5, 2023. See our experience HERE.


– ICE CASTLES Returning at Winter Realms
TICKETS will go on sale Wednesday, December 6, 
– Winter Realms is projected to open in late December 2023.

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Ice Castles is coming back to Lake Geneva in December 2023!  Hooray! 

What is Ice Castles?

Ice Castles is an awe-inspiring, must-see winter phenomenon that brings fairy tales to life. The frozen attraction is located in six cities across North America. The experience is built entirely by hand using hundreds of thousands of icicles hand-placed by professional ice artists. The castles include breathtaking LED-lit sculptures, frozen thrones, ice-carved tunnels, slides, and fountains.


Ice Castles was founded by Brent Christensen, a Utah father of six who was looking for ways for his family to enjoy the outdoors together, even in winter. He created an ice cave in the front yard of their home, which ultimately brought out more than just his own children. Ice Castles is now an internationally renowned experience with six locations in cities across the United States and Canada and growing.

Ice Castles in Wisconsin – Lake Geneva

Lake Country Family Fun is so excited to see the Ice Castles returning to Lake Geneva! They will be at the same location as last year: GENEVA NATIONAL RESORT AND CLUB.  Get excited!  Ice Castles is a great fun family time.

When you visit the Ice Castles in 2023, we’d love to see your family’s photos!  So tag us on Instagram @lakecountryfamilyfun and use the hasthag #icecastles and #LoveLCFF.

When Ice Castles OPEN for the Season

Ice Castles coming back in December 2023!

For communication right to your email, sign up for Lake Country Family Fun’s newsletter and subscribe to Ice Castles information by going here.  Again, it is very important to remember that Ice Castles is a totally weather-dependent attraction and may close based on conditions various days.

When you buy TICKETS, use code


to get 15% off tickets online!

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Getting There

Ice Castles are located 1221 Geneva National Avenue South in Lake Geneva. From Pewaukee, it took me about 50 minutes to get there. Parking is free at the Geneva National Resort and Club. There are plenty of Ice Castles staff to assist you entering the property, parking, and getting to the actual Ice Castles. You won’t miss the signs leading up to the event. 

Tips for Your Visit

  • Bring boots! NO joke! I saw a lady in heels. I almost jokingly asked if she’d worn them as ice picks – ha!  Warm, winter boots all around. It’s cold, icy and wet.
  • Make a day, night or weekend of it!  Stay at THE Ridge with your family or the Inns with a group. Details and deal info here.
  • Don’t bring a stroller, instead opt for a sled. Strollers will not work. Bring your own sled. Ice Castles does not provide sleds for guests.
  • Bring your camera. These make for some great photo ops. Post your photos to #icecastles (but leave your tripods at home). 
  • Buy tickets online to save money and then have them sent right to your phone so you don’t have to remember or waste paper.
  • Bring cash or credit if you are hungry or thirsty. You can purchase a snack or drink right in and outside of the Ice Castles. 
  • Check their FACEBOOK page before going.  In case of warmer weather, they told me they may possibly need to shut down due to slush, but will be up and running when the temperature goes back down. Therefore, they suggest checking their Facebook page for updates related to weather.


2022 Ice Castles Giveaway

LCFF GIVEAWAY Nov 2 – Nov 26

Lake Country Family Fun is excited to give away 2, family 4-packs of tickets to the Ice Castles in Lake Geneva. See the giveaway disclosures and fine print at the end of this post on the bottom of the page. Two (2) winners will be contacted on November 27.

Be sure to LIKE the Ice Castles Facebook page.

The Giveaway has ended. Congrats to Antonio and Jacki!

This Giveaway will run November 2 – 26, 2022.

You can read more about The Ridge hotel here, including details how to book for your stay-cation when you visit the Ice Castles in Lake Geneva.
Like them on Facebook and Instagram.

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Use #icecastles and #lovelcff when you visit so we can see your photos!

Sneak Peak

Lake Country Family Fun attended the Ice Castles in the final construction stages on January 18th, 2018.  We met with Paul. Check out the interview and sneak peak.

Comment and join the conversation on this Facebook Live here.

See our trip review for when we attended Ice Castles in Wisconsin Dells a few years ago here. There are many tips for attending in this post.

Make it a Stay-Cation

Lake Country Family Fun visited two Lake Geneva hotels – THE Ridge and the Inns in past years. You can read our reviews here.  If you want to make a stay-cation out of your visit, we highly recommend these hotels. The Inns is especially good for groups.  THE Ridge is simply amazing and offers TONS to do (igloo experience, ice skating, Crafted Americana Restaurant and more).  If you are just coming to town for the Ice Castles, the Ridge has an awesome coffee shop (Bean + Vine Coffee and Wine Bar) where you can grab a hot treat.  Ice skating at the Ridge is also FREE if you bring your own skates (and you don’t have to be staying there to skate) or a small fee to rent for non-hotel guests (for hotel guests, skate rental is complimentary).


Five Fascinating Facts

  • Ice Castles weigh more than 25 million pounds!
  • Ten thousand icicles are hand-placed every day.
  • More than 1 million visitors since 2011.
  • Ice Castles is made entirely of ice.
  • Each Ice Castle takes more than 4,000 man hours to build.

Ice Castles Ticket Prices

2023 prices

Online- General Admission (12+): $21 Child (4-11): $16
Online- General Admission (12+): $27 Child (4-11): $22

*Holiday Pricing is the same as weekend pricing (January 17, February 22)

** 0-3 Year olds are free – not required to have a ticket

Tickets MAY be available on-site if Ice Castles is not sold out. On-site prices are subject to higher rates. For guaranteed entry and the lowest price, buy tickets online in advance.

**Ticket sales are final. Ticket dates and times may be changed as long as changes are made at least 24 hours in advance. Please take this into considerations if there is inclement weather imminent or if you have a sudden change of circumstances.

Ice Castles 2020 Erin Slide Winter


Ice Castles Contact Information

Ice Castles – Lake Geneva
1221 Geneva National Avenue South, Lake Geneva
Contact Form

Other: Entrants must be 18 years or older at the time of entering the giveaway. Entrants must be located in the U.S. The winner will be selected at random and notified via the email that was submitted. Winner must respond within 48 hours to claim their prize, or another winner will be chosen. Only one entry person. Duplicates will be deleted.

Ice Castle Tickets: Ticket codes will be provided to the winning individuals. Code will be used to book online. Subject to availability. 

Disclosure: Many thanks to Ice Castles for providing the giveaway items. See DISCLOSURE AND PRIVACY POLICY here.  The winner may be congratulated on Facebook or Instagram (with the official prize notification going through email). For giveaways that are announced or promoted on Facebook or Instagram, please note that these promotions are in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with, Facebook or Instagram.


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28 thoughts on “ Ice Castles Returning to WI as Winter Realms”

  1. I would love to take my family including Gavin, Colin, Ryan and my mom Jan who is going through some serious health issues. Seems like a magical experience!

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