Oly on Ice

A new way to celebrate the holidays is gliding into Thurston County this winter. Oly on Ice will open on Friday, November 16 in downtown Olympia at Isthmus Park. The entire family can come out to enjoy ice skating at Olympia’s first-ever seasonal ice rink. Skaters of all ages will enjoy the warm glow of activity during the busy rush of the holiday season at the tented rink.

“Bringing structured seasonal programming to the Isthmus Park builds community, supports local business, and increases the health and well being of our citizens by providing the opportunity for physical activity during the winter months, “ notes Anna Uyeda from Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation. “Not to mention, it’s going to be fun!”

The grand opening will take place after the Downtown for the Holidays tree lighting ceremony on November 25. Live music, special guests and more will kick of the most wonderful time of the year.

In addition there are six unique family-friendly events planned with local partners. The line up of special themed rink time includes:

Nutcracker on Ice- November 29, 4-7
Skate along side some Sugar Plum fairies or some mischievous mice when Ballet Northwest’s Nutcracker cast joins the fun. Cast members will be available for selfies.

Pride Night- December 6, 4-7
Not just limited to celebrations in June, don your rainbow attire and join Pizza Klatch for an evening welcoming everyone.

Wizards on Ice- December 13, 4-7
Certain to be popular, this event focuses on a Harry Potter theme. Community partner, South Sound Reading Foundation, invites wizards and muggles alike to a night of magical treats including trivia and prizes.

So bundle up and head down to Oly on Ice with family and friends and makes some great holiday memories.

For information on dates, times and pricing, check out www.olyonice.com

HILLARY RYAN

 

Get your glow on

With Jack Frost nipping at your nose now is a perfect time to bundle up and head outside to enjoy the frosty weather with family and friends for a special holiday escapade featuring traditional and new Tacoma attractions.

First, lace up your skates and glide across the ice at the new Frozen Fountain Ice Skating Rink.  Relocated from Tollefson Plaza this winter, the community-focused ice rink makes it’s debut appearance at Tacoma’s latest hot spot– Point Ruston. A few turns around the ice is a healthy way to get some exercise on these nippy days and will bring a glow to your cheeks that will warm you from head to toe. Take a break and grab a bite to eat at any one of the great new restaurants.

After your ice skating adventures head up to Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium to enjoy the spectacular light displays at Zoolights. With over half a million twinkling bulbs everyone will love the humorus 3-D glowing creations brought to life. This year’s animal light displays feature hammerhead sharks and sea turtles (coming in next year’s new aquarium) as well as carnivorous plants with their insect prey, a majestic polar bear family, a gorgeous giant Pacific octopus and a whimsical 30-foot-wise underwater landscape. Add a ride on a camel or the carousel to your outing to make it a holiday to remember.

After a chilly evening of skating and dazzling lights you’ll be ready to sip some cocoa and snuggle in for a long winter’s sleep.

The Indigo Frozen Fountain Ice Rink

Frozen Fountain

Regular Hours:

Mon-Thurs: 4pm – 9pm
Fri: 4pm – 10pm
Sat: 10am – 10pm
Sun: 10am – 9pm
*All Hours Subject to change

Holiday Hours:

Winter Break | Mon. – Thurs. 10am – 10pm
Christmas Eve: 10am – 9pm
Christmas Day: 10am – 9pm
New Years Eve: 10am – 1am
New Years Day: 10am – 10pm
*All Hours Subject to change

 

Point Defiance Zoolights
Opens Daily 5-9 pm; Closed 12/24