For the fourth year in a row this winter, Liberty's Ice Pavilion will return to Colonial Williamsburg at Merchants Square.
The rink, which features real ice, opened Nov. 16 and will be open until Feb. 18.
Jeff Duncan, Colonial Williamsburg’s vice president of real estate, said the ice rink isn’t just a benefit for families but local businesses as well. The rink has sold over 25,000 individual tickets each season for the last two years, bringing visitors to Merchants Square long after the holiday shopping season is over.
Visitors, Duncan said, often spend an hour or so at the rink, before taking a break to shop. He said his own daughter spends hours skating every time she visits.
“You can just tell from the smiles on the kids’ faces,” Duncan said. “It’s the perfect holiday amenity.”
Seasonal music will play at the rink throughout the holidays, and carolers, performing live, will visit occasionally as well. Hot chocolate, cider, coffee, cold drinks, cookies and hot dogs will also be available for purchase throughout.
For the first time this year, the rink will provide skating aids in the shape of penguins for younger visitors who want to move off the walls.
Like to try?
Hours are generally noon-10 p.m., although the rinks opens at 10 a.m. on Saturdays.
Admission: Children under three are free; Youths 3-12, $10; Adults, $12
Skate rentals are $4.25, including tax