Ice Castles opened on January 31st!
Tickets went on sale January 27th.
Ice Castles is temporarily closed in Wisconsin as of 2/23.
Per the Ice Castles, “It is possible that we may extend our dates, we will just have to see what the weather does over the next little while. Cross your fingers for cold weather!”
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 a new location this year: GENEVA NATIONAL RESORT AND CLUB. Get excited! Ice Castles is a great fun family time.
When you visit the Ice Castles in 2020, 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 opened on January 31st!
Tickets went on sale January 27th!
Temporarily closed. Stay tuned.
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.
Ice Castles are located 1221 Geneva National Avenue South in Lake Geneva. From Pewaukee, it took me about 50 minutes to get there when we had our sneak peek at the Ice Castles last year. 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.
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! 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.
Lake Country Family Fun is excited to give away 2, family 4-packs of tickets to the Ice Castles in Lake Geneva. Additionally, one of those families will ALSO receive:
ICE CASTLES PACKAGE at THE Ridge Hotel
One-night weeknight stay (“Ice Castles Package”) at The Ridge Hotel — excluding Christmas break (Dec 20-Jan 5). This stay will include a $10 Gourmet S’mores experience for the four family members + a $25 F&B credit + shuttle to/from Ice Castles + complimentary ice skate rentals.
Book YOUR ICE CASTLES PACKAGE at THE Ridge Hotel Today!
Details of the package and booking info can be fond here: https://www.ridgelakegeneva.com/ice-castles-pkg/.
- Enter your name and valid email address in the form below. *We will contact the winner via the email submitted.
- Be sure to comment on THIS FACEBOOK POST or THIS INSTAGRAM POST with 3 people you think would LOVE to experience the Ice Castles Lake Geneva.
This Giveaway will run through December 30th, 2019!
Use #icecastles and #lovelcff when you visit so we can see your photos!
Lake Country Family Fun attended the Ice Castles in the final construction stages on January 18th. We met with Paul. Check out the interview and sneak peak below:
Live from the Ice Castles!Posted by Lake Country Family Fun on Friday, January 18, 2019
Comment and join the conversation on this Facebook Live here.
See our trip review for when we attended Ice Castles in Wisconsin Dells two year 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 December/January. 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 $7 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
Online- General Admission (12+): $16.99 Child (4-11): $11.99
Walkup (Standby)- General Admission (12+): $20 Child (4-11): $15
Online- General Admission (12+): $20.99 Child (4-11): $15.99
Walkup (Standby)- General Admission (12+): $25 Child (4-11): $20
*Holiday pricing may apply to some weekdays.
** 0-3 Year olds are free – not required to have a ticket
***Prepaid ticket holders receive priority entrance before Standby. Standby Tickets are NOT guaranteed – you risk not being able to enter if you do not have a pre-paid ticket.
Ice Castles Contact Information
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.
The Ridge Hotel: Hotel stay is for a week night only and also excludes December 20 – Jan 5th.The hotel stay is subject to availability. The maximum number of persons in a room may not exceed four. Shuttle transportation from the hotel to/from the Ice Castles will be available at the hotel for all guests.