The magical Ice Kingdom, a phantasia of giant ice figures and only the second of its kind in the UK, opened in Cardiff last night as the festive season was launched at Cardiff’s WalesOnline Winter Wonderland in the heart of the capital.

The Ice Kingdom was created from some 40,000kg of ice and features mythical Welsh dragons, sleighs, a throne, penguins and even Welsh themed sculptures, such as the famous ‘Ball in the Wall’ of Cardiff Castle from the recent Rugby World Cup, and a life size Wales and Lions rugby legend Shane Williams, who visited the Kingdom with his family on opening night to admire the craftsmanship.

Shane said: “Coming face to face with an ice version of myself is certainly a first, and I’m so impressed with the skills of the carvers who’ve created the Ice Kingdom. It’s a great addition to Winter Wonderland.”

The Ice Kingdom was created by a team of Funky Ice sculptors from around the world, who worked in temperatures of -14 °C to ensure the attraction remains intact until January 3. Visitors of all ages will enjoy a tour in -8 °C, so they still need to wrap up warm.

The Ice Kingdom sits alongside the open air ice rink and fairground attractions of Cardiff’s WalesOnline Winter Wonderland which is expecting around 300,000 visitors to the site over the six week festive period.

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Opening Times for Cardiff's WalesOnline Winter Wonderland

Cardiff’s WalesOnline Winter Wonderland (WOWW) returns to the city on Thursday November 12 for a cool 51 days of skating in the beautiful setting of the capital’s City Hall lawn 

Until 21st December:
Monday to Friday:  11am - 10pm
Saturdays: 9:45 am - 10pm
Sundays: 9:45 am - 8:45pm
 From 21st December 
 Monday to Sunday: 9:45 am - 10pm
Christmas Eve: 9:45am - 8:45pm
Christmas Day: Closed
Boxing Day: 11am - 6:15pm
New Year's Eve: 9:45am - 12:30am