Now that it's winter in Minnesota, there's no better way to celebrate our Arctic weather than by heading up to the Ice Castles. And, you'll be able to do just that later this week!

My wife and I at last year's Ice Castles
My wife and I at last year's Ice Castles

Yes, that’s right, the always-cool Ice Castles are set to return to the Land of 10,000 (Frozen) Lakes again this year, and they'll be opening this Friday, January 6th. But this year, they’re moving to a new location in Stillwater. (Previously, they’d been located at Miller Park in Eden Prairie.)

According to this CBS-Minnesota story, Minnesota’s Stillwater Ice Castles location will be one of only five Ice Castle locations in the country. Other Ice Castles will also be located in Utah, Wisconsin Dells, Edmonton and New Hampshire.

The story says it takes about 4,000 hours of work to get the Ice Castles ready each year. That includes shaping the ice and embedding the LED lights in them. My wife and me along with my brother and his family took a trek up to Eden Prairie to check it out last year– take a look HERE.

Get more information (and buy your tickets) HERE. (And, keep listening to win a pair of Ice Castle tickets on Quick Country 96.5!)

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