Midway Ice Castle set to open day after Christmas

Wednesday , December 07, 2016 - 6:20 PM

BRETT HEIN, Standard-Examiner Staff

MIDWAY — Organizers of the grand castle that rises from the snow each winter in Midway are busy at work, constructing a palace of ice for an opening two weeks earlier than last winter.

The Midway Ice Castle is on track for an opening on Dec. 26, according to a news release sent by the company — as long as Mother Nature continues to cooperate with winter weather.

The popular attraction features large columns and walkways constructed of ice. In years past, visitors who explore the one-acre attraction have found an ice slide, tunnels and caverns, glacial waterfalls, a frozen throne, slot canyons and giant archways.

After dark, the formations are illuminated by LED lights frozen inside what organizers say amounts to 25 million pounds of ice. Those lights are used for a show set to music.

Last winter, the Midway castle opened Jan. 8.

Midway hosts one of five ice castles across the country this year. Others will open in Wisconsin Dells, Wisconsin; Edmonton, Alberta (Canada); Stillwater, Minnesota; and Lincoln, New Hampshire.

The castles take 4,000 hours to construct, according to the release.

A representative of the Ice Castles company confirmed a new address for the Midway castle this year, at 700 Homestead Drive. Details about prices and hours can be found at the company’s website.

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