Dillon Ice Castles to open Friday, Dec. 21 | AspenTimes.com

Dillon Ice Castles to open Friday, Dec. 21

Visitors walk around the center water fountain inside the Dillon Ice Castles on Dec. 29. The town has been seeing the economic effects of the popular attraction showing up in its monthly sales tax receipts, including March, which was another strong month for the town.
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The Dillon Ice Castles will officially open for visits on Friday, Dec. 21. Utah-based Ice Castles, LLC said the popular ice architecture and sculpture attraction is opening a full week earlier than usual.

Dillon is one of six cities across North America to feature the Ice Castles. The Dillon location is the first of the company’s six locations to open for the season due to an early start to construction and a bountiful early winter in Summit.

“We are excited to able to open before Christmas this season,” said Ice Castles CEO Ryan Davis. “Kids will get out of school for the winter break and families will be spending time together. Ice Castles gives people one more way to make incredible winter memories over the holidays.”

The attraction 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.

Artisans have spent the last five weeks growing, harvesting, and hand-placing icicles to create the life-size winter playground which brings tens of thousands of people to Dillon each season. The frozen creation in Dillon is made up of 25 million pounds of ice.

The company has other locations in Midway, Utah; Stillwater, Minnesota; North Woodstock, New Hampshire; Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; and Edmonton, Alberta.

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