Colorado Ice Castle opens on Dec. 28

DILLON, Colo. -- The Ice Castle is getting ready to open in Dillon.

The giant castle opens Dec. 28 and is in Dillon Town Park. It stands 15 to 25 feet tall and covers almost three-quarters of an acre.

Although it's open during the day on the weekends, the castle comes to life at night with color-changing LED lights illuminating the castle.

Because everything in the castle is made of snow and ice, boots are recommended. A small sled works better than a stroller for children.

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The castle will be open Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Fridays from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.; Saturdays from noon to 10:30 p.m.; and Sundays from noon to 8 p.m. It's closed on Tuesdays.

Every Friday and Saturday, the castle even features a fire show from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Online tickets are $15.95 and walk-up tickets will be $20 on Monday through Thursday, and $16.95 and $25 on Friday through Sunday for one adult admission.

The castle in Dillon is one of six in North America. The others include Midway, Utah; Stillwater, Minnesota; Lincoln, New Hampshire; Edmonton, Alberta; and Winnipeg, Manitoba.