Another New Hampshire winter means a lot of things to a lot of people, but one that tops the list is the rebirth of the magical New Hampshire Ice Castles.

The Ice Castles website even quotes Oprah, who describes the spectacle as "twinkling and sense defying right out of a fairy tales."

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She is so correct.  So, here are 5 reasons (outside of the fact that when Oprah speaks, most of us listen), why it's time to make those 2023 plans to visit North Woodstock and the miraculous Ice Castles.

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1.) It's Tradition

This awe-inspiring creation has drawn hundreds of thousands since its conception 11 years ago, as the official ice castles website touts.

Whether you'll be seeing them for the first time this year or the popular castles have been a part of your life since you could walk, it's an annual event you'll want to venture out to, thus turning the cold weather into a magical experience.

They're truly a fairy tale come to life.

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2.) Ice Artisans Are Creating New Features

They are busy, busy, busy creating a new ice sculpture garden and fairy village that will light up at night, per the Ice Castles website.

As a matter of fact, the website states that these ice artisans are growing, harvesting, and hand-placing thousands of icicles a day to build this winter wonderland.

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3.) The Castles Are Filled With Ice Slides, Crawl Spaces, and Caves, Oh My

With a myriad of illuminated fountains, a snow tubing hill, and horse-drawn sleigh rides, the Ice Castles are more than just chunks of pretty ice.

Even the mystic forest light walk will give you shivers of warmth from its beauty.

Your Instagram-perfect photos will be the envy of everyone.

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4.) It is Unique

With only five Ice Castles locations in the entire country, according to the website, how lucky are we to have one of these beautiful adventures in our own backyard?

The other locations are in Midway, Utah, Brighton, Minnesota, Lake George, New York, and Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. They're all the brainchild of one man, founder Brent Christensen, who says on the website that it's all about making people smile.

I'd say it's working.

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5.) Create Private Memories

From proposals to parties, of course, there's a VIP experience in the Arctic Alcove where you can enjoy all that the Ice Castles have to offer, plus your own private area.

For exact directions to Clark Farm Road in North Woodstock, New Hampshire, click here, and of course, don't forget to buy your tickets.

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