The holiday season is upon us, and not one, but five quaint and festive outdoor ice rinks are gearing up for a long season of Jingle Bells and hot cocoa. WinterSkate, opening today in downtown Louisville (824 Front Street), has an old-fashioned neighborhood feel as well as free horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday music, concessions and a fireplace to warm up. At the Rink at Belmar, meanwhile, todays grand opening will be celebrated with free skating all day and a free party at 6 p.m. with cocoa, cookies and entertainment, including a dancing Christmas tree and a candy cane on stilts. Belmars Stephanie Jackson says the rink, located in the shopping centers outdoor plaza, literally sparkles.
Already open for the season are WinterSkate at FlatIron Crossing and Longmont Ice Pavilion in Roosevelt Park, 725 Eighth Avenue. The Pond at Southlands, 6155 Main Street in Aurora, opens Tuesday. For information, including hours, pricing and rentals, go to www.bdeproductions.com for WinterSkate, www.belmarcolorado.com, www.ci.longmont.co.us/rec/icerink/ or www.shopsouthlands.com/thepond.asp.
Sundays, 10 a.m.-9 p.m.; Thursdays, 2-10 p.m.; Fridays, 12-10 p.m.; Saturdays, 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; Mondays-Wednesdays, 2-8 p.m. Starts: Nov. 2. Continues through Feb. 16, 2008