Carmel extends winter skating with Festival of Ice

Skaters hit the ice rink at Carmel's Christkindlmarkt Sunday, November 19, 2017. (WTHR image)

CARMEL, Ind. (WTHR) - The City of Carmel announced that its ice skating rink that opened during the holidays at Cristkindlmarkt is continuing its run as “Festival of Ice” at Center Green.

The festival will feature special events, special offers, new food vendors and skating sessions each Wednesday through Sunday until March 11.

In a statement released by the city, Mayor Jim Brainard was quoted, “We know how much our residents and visitors love to join others and enjoy our festivals and events in the spring, summer and fall months. It’s time we break out of our frozen state of hibernation and venture out together for some winter fun at our beautiful new ice rink.”

During the Festival, there will be daily concessions available at the skate office.

Food vendors who will be open on weekends include:

  • Matt the Miller Tavern - serving beer, wine, wassail and pretzel bites
  • Baked Cheese Haus - serving raclettes, soups and hot beverages
  • Pastries Chefs - serving croissants, muffins, panini, waffles, sandwiches, cakes and hot beverages
  • Silkelicious - serving mac-n-cheese, pastries, chicken and hot chocolate
  • Daily concessions hut - serving brats, hot dogs, coffee and hot chocolate

New events include:

  • BOGO Days – Buy one ice skating ticket and get one free on various days between now and March 11. Dates and times will vary.
  • Rockin’ the Oldies Weekend – Friday, January 26 with classic music from the 60s at 6 p.m., the 70s at 7, 80s at 8 and the 90s at 9. Classic rock will be piped in over the public speakers on Saturday and Sunday.
  • ‘Big Game’ Tailgate on the Ice on Super Bowl Sunday, February 4. Fans in their favorite NFL jersey skate for free.
  • USA Olympic Pride Weekend February 9-10-11. Wear red, white and blue and skate for free on Friday night and all-day Sunday.
  • Valentines Night Skate – February 14 with free red roses for the ladies, romantic music and lots of chocolate.
  • Ice Carving Competition - Saturday and Sunday, February 17-18, featuring professional ice carvers from around the Midwest.
  • IndyFuel Skate Night – Members of the Indy Fuel professional hockey team will make a special appearance. Date and time TBA.
  • Veterans Night Skate – Free skating night for all military veterans. Dates TBD.
  • Check the Ice at Center Green website for updated events and schedules

Admission is free to Center Green for all special events, while ice skating costs vary by day.