The public is invited to join Mayor Chris Coleman for the ceremonial lighting of the holiday tree at Rice Park in Downtown Saint Paul and the grand opening of Wells Fargo WinterSkate at Landmark Center. The festivities take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. this Saturday, November 29. Along with the Saint Paul Police Band Drum Line, the celebration will include the St. Paul Figure Skating Club and the cast of Ordway Center for the Performing Arts’ Irving Berlin’s White Christmas.
“Saint Paul is the holiday destination for family fun and cheer,” Mayor Coleman said. “With Rice Park decorated for the season, the refrigerated ice rink open to the public, White Christmas playing at the Ordway, and Holiday Lights in the Park at Phalen Park, Saint Paul is a magical place. Thanks to the work of all of our partners, I encourage all residents to come skating, enjoy the lights and partake in the food, culture, and entertainment options the city has to offer.”
The Mayor will make the initial flip to the switch on a 90-foot tall, 27,000 pound tree. The Rice Park tree will remain lit by more than 30,000 energy-efficient LED lights, 24 hours a day through the end of the year. For the record, the tree in front of New York’s Rockefeller Center is 72 feet tall and weighs 16,000 pounds. If you would like to read about where the tree came from, read this previous post about the tree donated to Saint Paul’s Rice Park.
WinterSkate is a free outdoor refrigerated ice rink adjacent to Landmark Plaza that will stay open through Feb. 1. In addition to a warming house, hot chocolate and snacks, skate rental is available on-site for $2 per person.
Wells Fargo WinterSkate and Rice Park powered by Xcel Energy provide outdoor recreation and festivities for the whole family throughout the winter season.