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CityCenterDC built an igloo ice lounge made entirely of 36,000 pounds of ice, constructed by an award-winning ice sculptor and designed by JD Ireland Interior Architecture and Design. The igloo took 300 hours to manufacture and 10 hours to assemble. It opens December 1 at 4 p.m. and is free to the public through Sunday December 3 at 6 p.m. (Image: Courtesy CityCenterDC)

CityCenter's igloo ice lounge is the perfect setting for an Instagram selfie

What do you do when you have an extra 36,000 pounds of ice lying around? Hire an award-winning ice sculptor and build an igloo ice lounge of course!

At least that is what CityCenter did to celebrate the holidays this year when they created a life-size igloo made entirely of ice, which took 300 hours to manufacture and 10 hours to assemble. The interior -- designed by JD Ireland Interior Architecture & Design -- is complete with a chandelier, cozy blankets, tables and several seating poufs so that guests can take a load off and sit down while they explore this arctic treasure.

"This one-of-a-kind, frozen structure will allow Washingtonians to fulfill their subzero dreams for a weekend," said CityCenter in a press release.

Posting a picture of the igloo on Instagram using the #CCDCHolidays hashtag could land you a chance at winning a $350 gift card to CityCenterDC stores. Though no ruling has been deemed on how long each guest will have inside the igloo, we imagine it will only be a few minutes, so have your camera ready for snapping, and be courteous to others waiting in line. RareSweets is also handing out free hot chocolate to the first 200 guests to visit the Igloo on December 1.

While you're hanging around CityCenter, you can also check out the 75-foot holiday tree decked out with 150,000 lights and 4,500 ornaments. And you have to see Palmer Alley's latest art installation, "Dream Closet" by Maggie O'Neill turning the alley into a "whimsical corridor filled with imaginative, modern holiday ornaments," according to WJLA meteorologist Eileen Whelan. Or pop back on December 16 to see the world's largest harp with 1,000-foot strings (The Earth Harp) played by William Close.

The ice lounge opens today December 1 from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. and is free to the public Saturday and Sunday December 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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