As we get closer to the holidays, families are planning what fun adventures they might like to splurge on during the the winter break.

One of the most popular annual outings is a trip to North Woodstock, New Hampshire for the magnificent ICE CASTLES frozen attraction.

It's a magical winter wonderland of incredible ice structures.

According to the Ice Castles Facebook page, everything is " hand-placed by professional ice artists. The castles include breathtaking LED-lit sculptures, frozen thrones, ice-carved tunnels, slides, and fountains."

So naturally, the question nearly everybody in the Northeast is asking now is...when will it be open for the season?

An encouraging (although not specific) message yesterday on the official page  answers, ''Soon..."

The amazing people who bring us Ice Castles explain that the wait to open the in-demand extravaganza is based on the temperature dipping low enough. That's ok. Like Elsa says in the Disney movie Frozen,  "The cold never bothered us anyway."

"Because we are weather dependent, we are unable to say exactly when we will be open this far out. Historically we have opened around the first week of January (give or take a few days because of the weather). Of course we'd love to be open around New Years, we will just have to wait and see what the weather has in store."

The address for this phenomenal portal to another mind-blowing world this winter is 24 Clark Farm Road, North Woodstock, New Hampshire. It's about 2 and half hours from Portland, Maine. You can get ticket information here.

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