Giant, 40-foot-tall ice castle to be built in Minnesota
Coming soon to Minnesota
Watch out, Saint Paul Winter Carnival. This upcoming season, Bloomington is getting in on the ice-castle market. Mall of America recently announced that it will be hosting an enormous, 40-foot-tall ice castle during the winter months. The structure is set to open to the public sometime in December (exact dates are dependent on our weather, of course).
While most ice castles are constructed using blocks of ice, this building will be made from over one-million icicles fused together. Fifty ice towers will be joined to create one palace, complete with throne rooms, hallways, courtyards, and archways that guests will be able to walk through and enjoy. The huge project is set to take up about an acre of space.
The structure will continue to morph and grow through the duration of its existence as icicles will be added, and certain patches may melt and refreeze due to temperature fluctuations. The space will also take on a certain glow at night as thousands of LED lights will be set up to illuminate the castle both inside and out.
It will take four to six weeks to build the ice castle, and the mall plans to open it for viewing sometime in late December, hopefully running through February. Admission is set at $10 for adults, and $5 for kids. For more information about the ice castle project, visit www.icecastles.com.
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