During winters, Edmonton looks like a winter wonderland. There are ski, ice hockey and snow boarding activities all over the capital city including Edmonton ice festivals. Ice Castles LLC have truly found Edmonton as its playground to display their castles built out of ice! This is a sure way to enjoy winters in Alberta. There are many activities in Alberta Canada to welcome winters – Ice Castles Edmonton is one of them.
The organisation who curates the Ice Castles is an US Company (all rights reserved).
Ice Castles, LLC is a Utah-based entertainment company that specializes in large-scale events handcrafted from ice. Other than Edmonton, Ice Castle displays can be explored in Utah, Minnesota, Wisconsin, New Hamphire (all in the United States)
From Wanderlust to Winter-lust – Edmonton Ice Castles
This is one of the “must see” events, when you visit Edmonton in the winters.
Enjoy a few images from the Ice Castles, Edmonton. Read all about the event and how to get to Edmonton and the park below.
The event and the ice displays are brought to life by many professional ice artists. They build this experience by using hundreds of thousands of icicles, which are hand-made and placed by these professional ice artists. The castles above displays breathtaking LED-lit sculptures, frozen thrones, ice-carved tunnels, ice slides, and fountains.
This location is also a great location to get your wedding or winter wonderland photos taken. You can also meet Ice Princesses and take pictures with them in their frozen home. Ice Princesses are only available on certain days and times. At the time of writing, they were available Sundays (12:00 to 3:00 pm) and Wednesdays (04:00 to 06:00 pm)
ICE CASTLES EDMONTON TICKETS & LOCATION
- Ice Castles, Edmonton displays happen in Winter. Cold weather is a pre-requisite for ice castles. In 2015, the event in Edmonton was cut short due to mild winter. In 2016 – the duration of the event was 30 December 2016 – 15 March 2017.
- Tickets for the event are sold online as well as at the entry gate. It is advisable to purchase them online, in case they are sold out. You will have to line at the entrance to get your tickets verified before entry.
- Prices below are from 2017-2018 event
Online Tickets: General Admission (12+): $12.95 Child (4-11): $9.95
At-the Door-Tickets: General Admission (12+): $18 Child (4-11): $12
- Check for this year’s tickets and book them online – Ice Castles LLC Website for tickets and more
- You should book them as soon as you are able to reserved a spot. Sometimes they go on, as standby tickets
- Location of the event:
William Hawrelak Park9330 Groat Road, Edmonton, AB T6G 2A8, Canada
- Parking: Free Parking is available at the location
EDMONTON ICE CASTLES REVIEW
I purchased my tickets online and received a confirmation email. A mobile ticket was sent to me via text message. Tickets are sent 24 hours prior to the event, along with a reminder. I booked the tickets for January 2nd 2017 ~ what a super cool way to ring in the New Year, is it not? 🙂
When I purchased the ticket, I chose a “time-frame” like -6:00-6:30 pm ~ it means that as long as you arrive in that time frame, you have access to the Ice Castle display and you can stay there as long as you like.
Little Things to Keep in Mind – Helpful tips on visiting the Ice Castles in Edmonton
- Dress Warm & Bundle up – Please ensure you are wearing winter jackets, mittens, beanies, everything to keep you warm while you enjoy the ice castles. Winters in Edmonton are not fun, with the icy cold winds
- Wear Boots – Wear winter boots as the walking surface inside of the Ice Castles is made of crushed ice.
- Night or Day Tickets – The event starts at 3:00 pm local time. These days its not really bright during the daytime, so I opted for evening/night tickets. I also didn’t want to miss those light/s. If the sunlight is good, you can opt to visit during the day and get some great images as well.
- Time: I spent about 30 minutes in the park. It was really cold when I visited the Ice Castles – over -24 degrees. There were 2 fire pits in the park area to warm up 🙂
Edmonton Ice Castles is a wonderful winter attraction and must not be missed. Edmonton river valley has some amazing winter activities like the Silver Skate Festival which is also something to add to your Edmonton Itinerary.
Getting to Edmonton Alberta
Edmonton is the capital city of the Canadian Province of Alberta. I have been calling Edmonton home since 2015. Edmonton has an international airport, providing great connectivity to international visitors (YEG – Edmonton International Airport, Nisku)
Connectivity via roadways from other major Canadian cities is also good. Calgary is another major city in Alberta, located just 3 hours from Edmonton. Banff National Park is located 4 hours away from Edmonton, as well as Jasper National Park.
- Read about things you can do in Edmonton in Winters
- Quick Guide to the city of Calgary
- Visiting Banff National Park? Get this all season itinerary
- Guide to Jasper National Park – Itinerary
Last Update: December 10 2018