Ice Castles

Although Ice Castles was a 1978 movie, depicting a beautiful love story, and a love song ‘Ice Castles’ was recorded some years ago, the ice castles we are speaking of here are actual sculptures in ice, along with many other sculptures that can be viewed at popular tourism events during the winter months. 

This photos was taken at the Ice and Snow Festival in Harbin, China in February 2007 by m j c.

The Harbin China Ice and Snow Festival, established in 1985, is held annually from January 5 and lasts for over one month, and attracts hundreds of thousands of local people and visitors from all over the world. Harbin, the capital city of China’s Heilongjiang Province, is located in the northeast and is known for its arctic climate with an abundance of natural ice and snow

Photo depicts an entry in the St. Paul winter carnival ice sculpture contest. (CA unknown) Photo provided by JHMpls

To celebrate Saint Paul, Minnesota’s growth (known as America’s fastest growing city in 1886, the city forefathers created the Saint Paul Winter Carnival to showcase their beloved city and to disprove a statement made by a New York newspaper reported who described their city as “another Siberia, unfit for human habitation in the winter.”

The Winter Carnival, patterned after Montreal, Canada’s Winter Carnival includes parades, skiing, snow shoeing and ice sculptures.  “For 122 years, the Saint Paul Winter Carnival (which draws about 350,000 visitors a year and has an estimated $3.5 to $5 million dollar economic impact to its local economy) has been an integral part of the social fabric of Saint Paul.” 

To see more photos of ice sculptures, including many ice castles from numerous ice and winter festivals, visit: appears that photographers from all over the world share their love of all things cold. 

Want to see these ice sculptures first hand?  You may want to make your reservations in advance or you might be left out in the cold.

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