Skip to main content

A giant ice maze is coming to downtown Stillwater

It's believed to be the largest ice maze in the country.

What's believed to be the largest ice maze in the United States is opening at the Zephyr Theatre in Stillwater next week. 

The 114-foot by 72-foot ice maze was built using 1,500 blocks of ice. It features 1/2 mile of passageways and a 36-foot slide guarded by an 8-foot perimeter wall, according to the event's website. There will also be hot chocolate, s'mores and an ice bar for those 21 and older. 

The maze opens on Jan. 22 and will be open 5 p.m.-10 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and noon to 10 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays through Feb. 28, weather permitting. 

Attendance inside the maze will be limited to 100 people per hour and masks are required when inside due to COVID-19. Tickets are available in advance online here or at the door (if they're available). Kids 4 and younger and 100 and older are free, while it's $10 for kids ages 5-12 and $15 for everyone else. 

There is free parking and restrooms at the theater, located at 601 Main St. N. 

Zephyr Theatre's artistic director Calyssa Hall and her father came up with the ice maze while brainstorming ideas to make money and pay their employees this winter, according to the Pioneer Press. Since the start of the pandemic, the theater has hosted outdoor productions in its parking lot but stopped when it got cold.

The ice maze is one of many attractions in Stillwater this winter aimed at attracting visitors. The months-long citywide event is called "Wintertime in Stillwater" and features a downtown light display on various local landmarks nightly from 5-10 p.m. through March. 

Other events include a fat tire bike rally Jan. 23-24, ice skating at Water Street Inn (likely opens Jan. 16), horse-drawn carriage rides, pond hockey, fire and ice event, ice cream social and a hot air balloon event. 

Next Up

ambulance

One dead, two injured in wrong-way crash on Hwy. 169

The crash occurred on Highway 169 early Sunday morning.

minneapolis police

Man fatally shot overnight in north Minneapolis

The shooting was reported around 2:20 a.m.

Screen Shot 2022-05-22 at 8.30.08 AM

Campsites closed at Voyageurs National Park due to 'historic' water levels

All backcountry trails and campsites are closed, as well as many frontcountry sites.

state capitol Minnesota

Lawmakers reach agreement on tax cuts ahead of session's end

Lawmakers announced they had reached a deal on a tax bill Saturday ahead of the looming session deadline.

281699116_10226502238438986_800951410789352812_n

Victims of daytime drive-by shooting in Robbinsdale identified

The two men died after a hail of bullets struck a vehicle.

Screen Shot 2022-05-22 at 8.14.37 AM

Source of 'loud explosion' in Brooklyn Park a mystery

The noise was investigated by police, but no source could be determined.

covid, vaccine, booster shots

COVID: All Americans over 50 advised to get a second booster

Cases, hospitalizations and deaths are on the rise again as new COVID variants emerge.

J.W. Peck (left) and Eric Galler.

2 Minnesotans inducted into White Castle's Hall of Fame

White Castle — it's what a man in Minneapolis and another in Woodbury, crave.

Screen Shot 2022-05-21 at 5.46.37 PM

Video shows officers ended pursuit before fatal crash in Anoka

The crash occurred when the driver fled police during an attempted traffic stop in Coon Rapids.

Eli Hart

6-year-old Eli Hart identified as boy found dead in car trunk

The kindergartner's father was trying to get full custody of his son.

IMG_3509

Boy found dead in trunk of car in Mound was kindergartner

"It is horrifying and difficult to process a tragedy of this magnitude, especially in our close-knit community," the superintendent wrote.

Minneapolis police

Man found yelling for help after being shot in Minneapolis

The shooting occurred on the 800 block of Elwood Avenue North at around 9:15 p.m.

Related

stillwater 4

Photos: Stillwater celebrates winter with months-long light display, events

The city is celebrating winter with lights and frozen events.

flickr ice castles new brighton 2020 - Greg Gjerdingen

The Ice Castles, a winter favorite, are coming back to the Twin Cities

The popular attraction was canceled last winter due to COVID.

Discover art encased in ice at the Minneapolis Institute of Art's frozen maze

The Minneapolis Institute of Art is building an ice maze for the Super Bowl.

giant pumpkins

Stillwater Harvest Fest will hold virtual pumpkin weigh-off this year

The Stillwater Harvest Fest was canceled due to COVID-19.

lake superior ice duluth jan 31 2021

Good news: Deep freeze adds to Lake Superior's ice coverage

The lake was experiencing historically low ice coverage earlier this winter, but that all changed with the recent cold snap.

ice-castles

Ice Castles attraction is on its way back to Stillwater this winter

The popular attraction had to be moved to Excelsior last year.