A winter wonderland is coming to Colorado. The international attraction called Ice Castles has chosen the Summit County town of Dillon to hold its annual showing of elaborate sculptures.

In 2012, Coloradans flocked to neighboring Silverthorne to feel the magic: Music accompanies the multicolored LED lights that glow inside massive formations, cavernous with tunnels, archways, spires and slides. People have emerged to describe the experience as fairy tale-like.

A family enjoys the ice castles. Photo Credit: Michael Ciaglo, the Colorado Springs’ Gazette.

Artisans will spend weeks growing and harvesting millions of pounds of icicles to create the palaces, which have soared as high as 40 feet.

Ice Castles was founded by Brent Christensen, who nine years ago built an ice rink and slide in the front yard of his Utah home for his kids. A bunch of others showed up. A season later, he sculpted a castle.

The sculptures in Dillon are sure to attract skiers from the surrounding mountains. The lakeside town has been added to the list of event locations, including Midway, Utah; Lincoln, N.H.; Stillwater, Minn.; and Edmonton and Winnipeg in Canada.

The shows are expected to open in late December. For updates, check on the IceCastleCO Facebook page.

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