At this time of year (Winter) I try and look for anything to do in the area to try and make Winter a bit more enjoyable for myself.  I make no apologies for the fact that I really kind of detest winter.  Mostly just because I need to drive in it or shovel and remove it.  Other than that... it is pretty.

There are things around the area that really capitalize on the fact that there are some very pretty or fun and attractive things to enjoy. An ice palace is one of those things.

In many towns you can find light displays around the holidays that are fun to see.  There is the Ice Castle display that will be here again in New Brighton... but this ice palace is located in Delano.  Delano is a short drive from St. Cloud, at less than an hour away.  And it's not in the Twin Cities area, so it's easier to get to if you don't like driving in the cities.

98.1 Minnesota's New Country logo
Get our free mobile app

The Ice Palace at Fountain Hill Winery will be open soon.  Tentatively in mid December, but currently they are only selling tickets for December 27th.  Depending on weather, that date could be moved up a bit.

They have this statement on their website: 

Due to the weather, tickets are on sale for December 27th and on. Tickets for earlier dates will be released at a later date as we are able to monitor the weather and anticipate our opening date.  

Subscribe to our email list for updates!

There are levels of ticket prices too.  You can purchase for yourself, a group or for a special occasion like New Year's Eve.  Or, if you are still looking for a great stocking stuffer, they offer gift cards as well.

They have some great pictures on their website of previous Ice Palaces.  

LOOK: Best Beers From Every State

To find the best beer in each state and Washington D.C., Stacker analyzed January 2020 data from BeerAdvocate, a website that gathers user scores for beer in real-time. BeerAdvocate makes its determinations by compiling consumer ratings for all 50 states and Washington D.C. and applying a weighted rank to each. The weighted rank pulls the beer toward the list's average based on the number of ratings it has and aims to allow lesser-known beers to increase in rank. Only beers with at least 10 rankings to be considered; we took it a step further to only include beers with at least 100 user rankings in our gallery. Keep reading to find out what the best beer is in each of the 50 states and Washington D.C.

KEEP READING: 3-ingredient recipes you can make right now

More From 98.1 Minnesota's New Country