Update: 12/29/2022

The Ice Castles in New Brighton have an official opening date which will be New Year's Eve, at 5 pm on December 31st making this the earliest opening date in more than a decade.

Ice Castles CEO Kyle Standifird said in a news release reported by FOX9:

This is only the second time we’ve been able to open before New Year’s Day .Mother Nature has been good to us this season, and we’re excited to welcome guests to Ice Castles over the holiday weekend.


Original: 10/18/22

The Ice Castle Sculptures will be returning to Minnesota for the Eighth year in a row at Long Lake Regional Park in New Brighton (see map below) for the third time. Construction will start in November and if weather permits will be open at the beginning of January 2023.

According to Bring Me The News new features this year include an ice bar that offers a selection of alcoholic drinks, some of the other attractions include slides, caverns, tunnels, crawl spaces, a "reimagined and enhanced" light walk, and more.

Tickets will be available online starting on Nov. 28, 2022.

UPDATE: 1/3/22:

Update 12/7/21:

Priority Vouchers for the Ice Castles are now on Sale and it is highly encouraged that you purchase tickets ahead of time as many dates sell out quickly. Priority Booking Vouchers are on sale now.  No opening date has been announced as of yet as it is weather dependent, for updates go to icecastles.com.

The Ice castles are being held at Long Lake Regional Park at 1500 Old Highway 8 in New Brighton, Minnesota. Parking at Long Lake Regional Park is limited. During peak hours, a complimentary shuttle will run from all available Ice Castles parking lots in Long Lake Regional Park.

Original Post: 10/19/21 

For the past ten years, the massive Ice Castles Sculpture attraction will be returning to Minnesota after a year off due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The company behind the event, Ice Castles LLC. uses ice grown on-site with the icicles harvested and crafted by super-skilled professional ice artisans.

These breathtaking handmade sculptures feature frozen thrones, ice-carved tunnels, slides, fountains, ice statues, and more. The ice sculptures will be set up at  Long Lake Regional Park in New Brighton starting in January of 2022. The last time the ice sculptures were in Minnesota they were in New Brighton back in 2020.  On top of the usual passageways, slides, and artwork, the upcoming Ice Castles will include an ice sculpture garden and winter light grove.

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Bring Me The News reported an announcement from Mark McCabe, Ramsey County Parks & Recreation director, who said:

We are thrilled to be hosting Ice Castles at Long Lake Regional Park and are hoping for a good old-fashioned cold and snowy Minnesota winter so everyone can enjoy the full beauty Ice Castles will bring to the park.

Of course, the display is dependent on the weather and is typically open from January through March. This is a very popular event and does tend to sell out fast. It is highly recommended that you purchase tickets ahead of time. The days and hours that it is open are dependent on the weather and tickets are not available yet.

This attraction is done in 5 other states so we are awfully lucky to have it in Minnesota. What a great activity for family and friends alike with some awesome photo opportunities.  This is a great outdoor event and something to help embrace being out the cold snowy weather.

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