The New York Ice Castles take place annually in Lake George, New York—an hour’s drive north of Albany. There’s already something magical about upstate New York during the holidays, which makes it a perfect place for the ice castles.
Every winter, the ice castles return to Lake George at the Festival Commons, a large event grounds at the Charles R. Wood Park. The park is a great place to spend time outdoors all year round. It has some of the best views of the lake, and in the summer it hosts everything from outdoor theater to farmer’s markets.
UPDATE: The New York Ice Castles are closed for the season
Are the Lake George New York Ice Castles Open?
No, the Lake George New York ice castles are no longer open for the 2022 season. The Lake George ice castles opened on January 23, 2022, but are closed due to warmer than average temperatures.
New York Ice Castle Hours
The ice castles returned on January 23, 2022. The New York ice castle hours are:
- Monday, Wednesday, Thursday: 4 pm – 9 pm
- Friday: 3 pm – 11 pm
- Saturday: 11 am – 11 pm
- Sunday: 11 am – 9 pm
The ice castles are open until the end of February. If the cold weather required to keep the castles frozen persists, then sometimes they are open into March.
Don’t forget to bring a sled! This is the cutest sled ever and is great for pictures.
Where to get Lake George New York Ice Castle Tickets
Weekday tickets are good Monday through Thursday, and cost $20 for adults (ages 12 and up) and $15 for children (ages 4-11). Weekend tickets cover Friday through Sunday and cost $27 for adults and $22 for children. Children under 4 do not require tickets.
It’s recommended to order tickets online ahead of time, as this guarantees admission. Standby tickets are sometimes available on arrival, but they can’t be promised. Even if they are available, they are subject to higher prices than the online ticket prices outlined above.
To avoid any disappointment (especially if you are coming from out of town), plan ahead and get your tickets from the website.
You can purchase tickets online here. – Tickets are on sale now.
Ice Castle Discount Code
We have an exclusive Ice Castles discount code for our readers, get 15% off with promo code stamped2022 good for the 2022 Ice Castle season.
Ice Castles Priority Booking Vouchers – No longer on sale
This is something new they are doing to purchase Lake George New York Ice Castle tickets. You can purchase a priority booking voucher now, the voucher will then be used to redeem for Ice Castle tickets at a later date.
Once you purchase the ice castle priority booking voucher you will get an email with your confirmation number. You will need this confirmation number to redeem your ice castle tickets when they are available. The voucher is non-refundable and only valid for the 2021-2022 Lake George New York Ice Castle dates.
Lake George New York Ice Castles Address
- Charles R. Wood Park, 19 W Brook Rd, Lake George, NY 12845
The New York located ice castles have all the attractions you know and love. Squeeze through the crawl-only ice tunnel passageways on hands and knees, lose your way (and find it again) in the popular ice maze, and walk through custom-designed ice caverns with arched ceilings dripping with enormous icicles.
Don’t miss the frozen ice thrones, ice slides, and LED-lit ice fountain. These make for great photo-ops especially at night when the ice is lit up with colored lights. There’s also a VIP area called the Arctic Alcove that you can reserve at an extra cost for any celebrations or cozy moments with your significant other.
The ice castles do not have a designated free parking area like most other locations, but the Charles R. Wood Park has metered parking nearby and throughout the park.
Accommodation Near the Lake George Ice Castles
There are two budget hotel options just a few blocks from the Charles R. Wood Park: the Lake View Inn and the Westbrook Inn Lake George. These are more motel-style stays, but good value for a lower price. There is also a Holiday Inn, which is consistently reported as a good place to stay especially for families.
Tips for Visiting the Ice Castles in New York
1. Buy Your Tickets In Advance
Ice Castle tickets are valid for a specific date and time entry. You’ll need to purchase them in advance to guarantee admission. We cannot urge you enough to buy them online as soon as they go on sale.
2. Check the weather
The days that we visited were below zero, it was super super cold, and uncomfortable. Make sure to check the weather 24+ hours before so if needed you can change your ticket for free if needed OR make sure to dress for the weather.
3. Dress in layers
Dress warm, you can always take off your jacket for a picture if needed. You don’t want to rush through the ice castles because you are cold.
4. Wear boots
No matter if it’s below zero or 30+ degrees outside wear boots in the ice castle. It’s the easiest way to walk around and your feet will stay much warmer. Remember you’ll be walking on snow & ice the entire time it gets really cold!
5. Bring Hand Warmers
We wish we had hand warmers last year, you can get these cheap hand warmers that come with 10, or they have these rechargeable hand warmers for slightly more money. They are nice to have in your gloves & boots or take them out and warm up your face.
6. Bring A Sled
Pulling children in a sled is so much easier than attempting to push a stroller, and they don’t allow strollers either but they do allow sleds. We think this is the cutest sled ever.
7. Don’t Rush
Remember that your time on your ticket is just your entry time period but once you are inside the ice castles you can stay as long as you want. If you do get cold go warm up by the outdoor fire!
Other Ice Castles in the United States to Visit
- Stillwater Minnesota Ice Castles
- Midway Utah Ice Castles
- Lake Geneva Ice Castles
- Woodstock New Hampshire Ice Castles
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