On December 3rd, venture out to the heart of downtown Raleigh for the official kickoff of the AT&T Raleigh Winterfest extravaganza! This two-month-long event will begin with a family-friendly celebration of fun events in City Plaza, including the season opening of the Winterfest Ice Skating Rink. Enjoy choirs, bands, local entertainers, sledding ramps, ice carving demonstrations, and even Santa Claus himself!

If you can’t make it to the kickoff event, don’t worry. The ice rink will be open daily (unless otherwise noted here), and there are several special events to enjoy as well. Come out on a Sledding Sunday and play in a winter wonderland created by SnowMyYard.com, or attend a Rock Around the Rink Friday where DJ Paradime from Pulse 102 will rock the rink from 6 to 10 p.m.

Weekly specials include Two for Tuesdays, when skaters receive on free admission with the purchase of a paid admission; Music Crazy Wednesdays, with live music from 6 to 9 p.m.; Stroller Skate Thursday Mornings, when parents and babies are encouraged to share the rink; and Date and Skate Thursdays, when you can enjoy free carriage rides with a skating wristband from 6 to 9 p.m.

Admission, including skate rental, is $8, and ample parking is available. Make sure to check out the Winterfest calendar to check open hours!