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Ice Castles Lake George Reconceptualized as Winter Realms for 2023/2024 Season

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Ice Castles, which brought 90,000 people to the Lake George Region in 2023, has been reimagined as Winter Realms, and is expected to bring in upwards of 100,000 people this 2023/2024 season. Here's what to expect!

collage of ice skating, winter light shows, ice displays
Renderings of Winter Realms

What to Expect at This Sensational Winter Attraction

Winter Realms is a wintertainment destination with all the magic that Ice Castles captured, but more weather resilient. Delight in the radiance of the Northern Lights as you and your family take in this immersive winter wonderland, specifically designed to evoke the wonder and magic of the season.

The attraction will take place at Charles R. Wood Park, in the same place that Ice Castles set up the past two years. It will also be close to the new Lake George Winter's Dream, an all-new winter experience at the Fort William Henry Historical Fortress that combines lights, sounds, music, and interactivity.

Winter Realms is open November 24, 2023 - March 3, 2024, 4:00pm-10:00pm, Thursday - Sunday + Holidays (12/14 - 1/1, 1/15, 2/19). The amount of time to walk through and enjoy the Winter Realms experience is approximately 45 minutes to 1.5 hours.

winter realms in lake george ny in progress
Winter Realms in progress on November 23, 2023.

Ticket Information

Tickets are on sale now at! Pricing is as such:

  • Off Peak: $17 Adults, $14 Children 4 to 11
  • Peak: $20 Adults, $15 Children 4 to 11

Kids under 4 are free.

Peak pricing applies to Friday through Sunday, and the following dates: 12/14/23, 1/1/24, 1/29/24, and 2/19/24 - 2/23/24.

collage with holiday lights, ice sculptures, and fire pit
Winter Realms on opening night, November 24, 2023

Winter Realms Attractions & Activities

Highlights of Winter Realms include:

  • Ice skating rink
  • Arctic Alcove (VIP Experience)
  • Polar Ice Bar
  • Ice sculptures carved from 24 pallets of ice blocks by world renowned sculptor from Ukraine
  • 12 themed ice sculptures
  • Snowman over 15 feet
  • 60-foot illuminated tree
  • Over 90 authentic Christmas trees
  • Igloos
  • Over 100,000 twinkling lights
  • Santa's Village
  • Fairy Village
  • And more!

The experience will evolve along with winter, so this is not a one-and-done experience!

Ice Skating Rink

Entry to the ice skating rinks is $9, separate from the entrance fee to Winter Realms. This does include skate rentals, if you need them. When you purchase tickets online for Winter Realms, there will be an option to add the ice skating tickets to your order.

What else to know:

  • Time slot entrances start every 30 minutes
  • There is a maximum capacity of 40 people per time slot
  • Guests may skate as long as they like (except for when the ice needs to be cleared, between 8pm and 8:30pm each night)
  • Once you have exited the ice rink, re-entry is not permitted
  • Assists are available for any children or guests new to skating at no cost
  • Guests can skate at any point during their visit to Winter Realms, space permitting
  • There will be a cozy spectator viewing area with picnic tables and warming stations
  • Rarely, snow or other weather events could affect the ice skating rink from opening
  • Jumps, hockey sticks/pucks, kicking/chipping holes are not permitted

Arctic Alcove

Freeze your special moment in time with a private visit to the Arctic Alcove! Perfect for proposing, celebrating a special occasion, or just sneaking away for some secluded time at Winter Realms, the Arctic Alcove is your ticket to a VIP experience.

When you book the Arctic Alcove you get:

  • 6 tickets to explore Winter Realms as long as you and your party would like, including the ice skating rink
  • A private, 1-hour experience inside this small, intimate, roped-off space
  • Communication beforehand with your host, who will ensure your moment is magical and your questions are answered
  • A 20% discount on merchandise at the gift shop
  • A photo to commemorate this special time

Available time slots for the Arctic Cove are at 4pm, 6pm, or 8pm.

The Arctic Cove reservation is $350, and this can only be purchased ahead of time online, at Discount codes cannot be applied. You are welcome to include fewer than six people, but the price will not change.

Once your reservation is confirmed, you'll receive an email that contains a link to a form. Here you can ask questions or notify the staff that this is a surprise occasion, and this form will be sent to your host who will follow up via email.

Enjoy the Arctic Alcove, and all the other winter-ific elements of this special attraction!

This page was updated on November 27, 2023.

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