Construction has now begun on Ice Castles, the popular icy wonderland in Midway, Utah. Build crews have turned on water and begun growing icicles – the primary building material for the acre-sized attraction.

Each day, ice artisans will grow and harvest up to 10,000 icicles to build the winter experience. Each of those icicles is then hand-placed and sprayed with water. The process is repeated until the castles reach heights of around 30 feet. The Utah-based company behind the attraction anticipates the Midway location will open in late-December.

“Mother Nature has been our friend this month,” said Ice Castles CEO Ryan Davis, “Our crews have been working hard over the last week to make ice and build an interactive experience that families across Utah will love.”

The team of ice artisans in Midway will spend a combined 4,000 hours this season dripping, shaping, and hand-placing the icicles, while embedding the structures with color-changing LED lights to create a life-size winter playground.

This year’s castles in Midway will feature ice-carved slides, tunnels, fountains, crawl spaces, and more! Midway, Utah is one of six Ice Castles locations in North America. Other locations include Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; Excelsior, Minnesota; Lincoln, New Hampshire; Dillon, Colorado; and Edmonton, Alberta.

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Stuart is the founder, writer and wrangler at several sites including Gastronomic SLC, Utah Now and, The Utah Review; Stuart is a former restaurant critic of more than five years, working for the Salt Lake Tribune and has worked extensively with other local publications from Utah Stories through to Salt Lake Magazine and Visit Salt Lake.