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Wonderland just so cool.

Byline: Harry Yorke Reporter harry.yorke@trinitymirror.com

WALESONLINE Winter Wonderland is opening its doors to the public today - and it promises to be better than ever.

And one of the major attractions at this year's event is an ice kingdom of sculptures - kept in a room at -8C.

Taking over 120 hours to sculpt, each of the 12 figures were designed by world renowned ice artist Wenistuts Asana Amerasinghe, who has previously created works for Sir Elton John and the Queen on her diamond jubilee.

He said that he was excited to see visitors experience his works - which include a 15ft dragon and Cardiff Castle's very own ball in the wall.

He said: "I'm really happy with how they've turned out, it will be good to see people from all over Cardiff enjoying the spectacle."

Visitors will also be able to enjoy the arrival of a new Ferris wheel, standing 45m high and offering views across the city.

More than 50,000 people are expected to visit the WalesOnline Winter Wonderland this year.

And along with the usual rides and attractions, as well as the impressive ice sculptures, the Alpine village is back stocking German beers, bratwurst hotdogs and sweet and savoury crepes.

The open-air skate rink will also be back, giving people the chance to book in for a 45-minute session.

For dodgem lovers this year's WalesOnline Winter Wonderland includes a Penguin Party arena complete with penguin shaped cars, while lovers of virtual reality also have the opportunity to take a spin on the virtual simulator ride.

The WalesOnline Winter Wonderland opens today at noon and will be open every day up until January 3.

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Publication:South Wales Echo (Cardiff, Wales)
Date:Nov 12, 2015
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