Mall of America: Ice capital of the Twin Cities

  • Article by: ALEJANDRA MATOS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: December 31, 2012 - 11:14 AM

For Minnesotans still yearning for more snow and cold, the new icicle wonderland at the Mall of America might be your fix. It opens Monday.

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Sprinklers formed the ice castle which opens Monday at the Mall of America in Bloomington, MN on December 21, 2012.

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Bring out the long underwear.

For Minnesotans still yearning for more snow and cold, the new icicle wonderland at the Mall of America might be your fix. It opens Monday.

The massive ice castle will glimmer and shimmer with thousands of LED lights at the shopping mecca, featuring several throne rooms with large ice chairs, archways and an abundance of ice towers.

Ice Castle LLC, a Colorado-based company, is calling the spectacle the largest castle it has built. All it took was 4 million gallons of water and tons of ice to fuse the 50 large towers together. There also is a play area where kids can build a snowman or play on a snow-covered hill.

Maybe you can leave the long underwear at home -- the ice castle has outdoor fire pits to keep you cozy.

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  • The Ice Castle at the Mall of America.

  • MALL OF AMERICA ICE CASTLES

    When: Mon.- Feb. 20.

    Where: Mall of America north parking lot (near Ikea).

    Hours: Opens 4:30 p.m. Monday. Regular hours: Noon-10 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Sat. and noon-7 p.m. Sun.

    Tickets: $10 adults, $5 ages 3-12; $25 family four-pack (two adults, two children).

    Info: Warm drinks and food will be sold. 952-883-8800 or www.mallofamerica.com/events.

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