EAGAN, Minn. — For Minnesotans looking to fully immerse themselves in the cold winter climate, the upcoming "Winter SKOLstice" at the Minnesota Vikings' Eagan campus will have lots of opportunities for some frigid fun.
For 45 days starting on Jan. 6, 2023, the grounds around Vikings Lakes in Eagan will transform into an icy winter wonderland, complete with an ice skating rink, warming house, pond hockey, and new this year, the Minnesota Ice Maze.
For the past two years, the elaborate ice maze made from nearly a million pounds of ice was housed outside the Zephyr Theater in downtown Stillwater.
This year's ice maze will have eight-foot-high walls that twist and turn for nearly half a mile. The frozen fortress is fully lit and equipped with ice thrones, theme nights, scavenger hunts, fire pits, hot cocoa, snacks and more.
“We are thrilled to create this unforgettable experience for families across the metro with Viking Lakes,” Minnesota Ice Founder & CEO Robbie Harrell said in a statement.
An enclosed, fully heated warming tent will be set up next to the ice maze and outside the Omni Vikings Lake Hotel, where visitors can warm up while grabbing something to eat from Kyndred Heart and Ember and Ice.
Along with the ice maze, the Minnesota Vikings' headquarters will host free ice skating on the Omni’s front lawn every day during the Winter SKOLstice, which runs until Feb. 19.
USA Curling will host free curling on the Vikings Lake north pond starting Jan. 13 and multiple pond hockey rinks will be available for local organizations and teams to use.
Click here for information on the Winter SKOLstice and how to register and reserve ice time.
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