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Ice House to Operate Winterfest Rink

Polar Ice House, with locations in Cary, Garner and Wake Forest, announced today it will operate the AT&T Raleigh Winterfest ice skating rink in City Plaza.  The Downtown Raleigh Alliance  selected the company to manage day-to-day operations of the downtown rink, which will open Friday, December 4 and run through Sunday, January 31.

“With years of ice skating experience in the Triangle, we are thrilled to work with the DRA on the Winterfest event and become a part of this festive tradition,” said Randy Lee, general manager of Polar Ice House. “This is a great opportunity to introduce winter fun into the heart of downtown Raleigh.”

The AT&T Raleigh Winterfest kickoff event on Friday, December 4, will include performances by Grammy winner Michelle Branch, local choirs and bands, figure skaters, Theatre in the Park’s Ira David Wood III, a visit from Santa Claus, and the mayor’s tree lighting.

  • Xiaoding

    What kind of rink will this be? The one at North Hills is fake, plastic. Dishonesty is no suprise, from North Hills.

    • https://www.danamccall.com Dana

      If the “ice” downtown is plastic, will you call it a “dishonesty”, too?

      What’s wrong with the “ice” being plastic? You do realize that ice freezes at 32F and we are in Raleigh, NC??? We have only 71 days where the low, often achieved in the middle of the night, is at or below 32 degrees, and we only have 4 days per year where the high is below freezing. Would you go into the outdoor ice business in Raleigh?

  • RonT

    I have been very excited about the rink. I think it will be a nice addition during the holiday season.

    As for North Hills, while I find it to be akin to visiting Pleasantville, I do not see what is dishonest about North Hills. It is a mixed use commercial development. I am not aware of NH claiming to be anything else. Sure, they promote themselves, but I never read “Come sit by Starbucks and take in the lakefront view!”

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