MIDWAY — Beginning this weekend, Ice Castles returns for its ninth season.

The popular frozen winter attraction opens Saturday, Jan. 5, at the Homestead Resort, 700 N. Homestead Drive. It features ice-carved tunnels, fountains, slides, frozen thrones and cascading towers of ice embedded with color-changing LED lights that twinkle to music at night.

According to a news release, Ice Castles is made up of 25 million pounds of ice and is roughly an acre in size.

Ice Castles was founded by Brent Christensen, a Utah father of six who was in search of ways for his family to enjoy the outdoors during the winter. He created an ice cave in his front yard, and today the well-known attraction has expanded to locations in six cities across North America.

Other locations for the Ice Castles attraction are Stillwater, Minnesota; North Woodstock, New Hampshire; Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; Dillon, Colorado; and Edmonton, Alberta.

Hours are 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday, and 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday. Adult general admission tickets are $10.95 on weekdays and $15.95 on weekends. Ages 4 to 11 are admitted for $7.95 and $9.95.

Snow Princesses greet visitors from noon to 3 p.m. Saturdays, and fire performances are offered from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays.

For more information, visit icecastles.com.

Contact Mark Saal at 801-625-4272, or msaal@standard.net. Follow him on Twitter at @Saalman. Friend him on Facebook at facebook.com/MarkSaal.

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