A series of huge, hand-crafted ice castles are planning to return for their sixth season in New Hampshire.
And this year, they'll include a brand new feature.
The annual winter attraction includes art made up of more than 20 million pounds of ice spiraling to heights around 40 feet. The ice embedded with color-changing LED lights set to a musical soundtrack.
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For the second straight year, the castles will be located on Clark Farm Road in North Woodstock, a few miles from their previous home at the Hobo Railroad in Lincoln.
Opening day has yet to be announced. Typically, they open in late December or early January and remain open through late February or early March.
This year, in addition to the ice castles and horse-drawn sleigh rides, Boston.com says there will be an enchanted walking path through the woods with numerous ice sculptures along the way.
Construction of the actual castles is expected to begin in early November. The construction process involves elaborate sprinkler systems that spray water onto metal racks to produce thousands of icicles. The icicles are then harvested and stuck to the ground around sprinkler heads, where they are drenched in water and grow in various shapes and formations depending on the temperature and wind. After a few weeks, towers, tunnels, archways and caves emerge.
The other five ice castle locations in North America include Dillon, Colorado; Excelsior, Minnesota; Lake Geneva, Wisconsin; Midway, Utah; and Edmonton, Canada.