Worcester, MA (December 13, 2017) - The temperatures might be dropping but activity at the Worcester Common Oval Public Ice Skating Rink is heating up with winter fun this weekend.
WOOville Winter Wonderland, a series of wooden sheds set-up on the Worcester Common, will host pop-up shops every weekend throughout the skating season featuring local food and craft vendors. Kids can also have their picture taken with Santa for free every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 2 p.m. until Christmas.
Food vendors for this weekend are RealFoodRX (food delivery service for paleo and vegan meals) on Thursday, December 14th and Saturday, December 16th; Asylum Coffeetorium (filled popovers) on Friday, December 15th; and Zen Bear Foods (barbeque sauces/condiments) on Sunday, December 17th. The craft vendor this weekend will be Head Stash Products (hats, clothing and accessories).
The Oval has piped-in music, skate rentals, concessions, holiday lights and more, making it a fun and affordable family-friendly activity. Ice skating is available through January 21st on Thursdays and Fridays from 5 p.m. until 8 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m.
Admission for open skating is $10, and free for children six and younger. Bring your own skates and receive $5 off the admission price. A refundable $25 cash or credit card deposit is required for skate rentals. The Oval is available for private group rentals by calling 508-929-0125.
The Oval will also be open for daytime skating during school vacation week in December, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, and New Year's Day. During the week of December 26th, the Oval will be open from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m., Tuesday and Wednesday, and 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. The Oval will be closed on Christmas but open on Christmas Eve from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The rink will be open as the weather and ice conditions allow. Closings and delayed openings can be found at www.WorcesterCommonOval.com and by calling 508-929-0777.
There is plenty of affordable parking available within walking distance of the Worcester Common Oval, including the new underground Worcester Common Garage at 2 Eaton Place, Mercantile Center Parking Garage, Federal Plaza Parking Garage and the Pearl-Elm Parking Garage.
Skate & Screen
Get into the holiday spirit on Friday, December 22nd with an outdoor film screening of family classic, The Muppet Christmas Carol at 5:30 p.m. on City Hall Plaza. Admission to the movie is free. Admission for skating is $10 and includes skate rentals. Receive a $5 discount if you bring your own skates. Children six and under skate free.
New Year's Eve
Get ready to ring in the New Year at the City of Worcester's New Year's Eve Celebration at the Worcester Common Oval. Enjoy a family-friendly atmosphere with ice skating, fireworks, street performers, live music and a heated tent. The Worcester Common Oval Public Ice Skating Rink will be open for public skating from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the New Year's Eve festivities being held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.