Winterfest returning to downtown Raleigh
After the inaugural Winterfest attracted nearly 20,000 ice skaters to downtown Raleigh’s City Plaza, city officials said Thursday that the event would return this year with a larger outdoor ice rink.Posted — Updated
The AT&T Raleigh Winterfest will open on Dec. 4, when Mayor Charles Meeker lights a Christmas tree, local choirs, bands and dance companies perform, artisans show off their wares and Santa pays a visit to downtown Raleigh.
The event will conclude on Jan. 30, 2011, after the city hosts crowds for the NHL All-Star Game which will be played at the RBC Center.
“We are thrilled AT&T Raleigh Winterfest was so well-received and will continue to attract residents and visitors from across the Triangle to downtown Raleigh,” Meeker said in a statement. “The opportunity to ice skate under the beautiful Raleigh skyline is a special holiday experience that adds to our vibrant downtown.”
Through a three-year deal with Polar Ice House, Winterfest will feature a larger, 45- by 90-foot rink this year, city officials said.
Ice rink admission will be $8, including skate rental, during regular hours. The rink will be open six days a week and closed on Mondays for private parties.