When you reflect on your fun winter memories, there's a chance that ice skating might cross your mind.  You may think about the iconic Rockefeller Center Ice Rink in New York City or the frozen pond you played on as a child, but the chances are that, in the years to come, you'll associate the winter holidays with the AT&T Winterfest Ice Rink in downtown Raleigh.

Now in its second year, the Winterfest Ice Rink is becoming an annual tradition for area visitors and local families alike.  Winterfest is a two-month long celebration in City Plaza, featuring the natural ice rink.  Now bigger than ever before, Winterfest will host several figure skating performances throughout the season, as well as free public figure skating lessons.

Winterfest kicks off on Dec. 4th with a free event featuring performances by several headliners, acts from local choirs and bands, a visit by Santa Claus, a dazzling holiday tree, and carriage and carousel rides.  With two full months packed full of activities, this opening extravaganza will be a glimpse into all of the fun to come during the winter months.  Tickets for the ice skating rink can be purchased here.