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New Hampshire’s glowing ice castles are returning this week

More than 20 million pounds of ice make up the massive attraction, which organizers expect to open at limited capacity.

In this January 2019 file photo, a couple heads toward an entrance to a cavern at Ice Castles in North Woodstock, N.H. AP Photo/Robert F. Bukaty, File Photo

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Soon you can wander in a winter wonderland at the Ice Castles in North Woodstock, N.H., albeit with changes due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The 20-million-pound castles will return on Jan. 14 with a modified design and added safety features, according to the Utah-based company. Although the design will be modified to accommodate social-distancing measures, the attraction will be filled with illuminated sculptures, frozen thrones, ice-carved tunnels, slippery slides, and fountains.

“We are thrilled to welcome families back to Ice Castles this winter,” Ice Castles CEO Kyle Standifird said in a statement. “The safety of our guests and staff has always been our top priority, and the new features and guidelines we have in place this season are designed to create a safe and magical environment for everyone.”

New precautions will require guests and employees to wear masks and adhere to 6-foot social distancing between household groups, according to the company. Workers will frequently sanitize high-touch surfaces like sliding mats. Similarly, crawl spaces, slot canyons, and tunnels will be clearly marked for one-way traffic. 

To make sure visitors adhere to those rules, the company may close some of the attraction’s features.

Construction of the hand-crafted attraction began in late November, when the company harvested 10,000 icicles daily to create the mesmerizing experience.

Admission is $19.99 for adults and $14.99 for kids 4 to 11 Monday through Thursday. On Friday and Saturday, adult tickets are $24.99 and child tickets are $19.99. Jan. 18 (Martin Luther King Jr. Day) and Feb. 12 through 28 (which covers winter break for most schools) are set at weekend prices. Several nighttime slots on Saturday are already sold out through February. Tickets are available through the company’s website.

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This story was updated by Mark Gartsbeyn.

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