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For the sixth year in a row, close to 200,000 holiday revelers will descend upon CityScape Phoenix to take part in the seven weeks of CitySkate, the Valley’s largest real outdoor ice rink, presented by APS.

Haute Event PhotographyCentral Avenue is transformed into an ice skater’s dream with a massive 36-foot holiday tree dramatically placed in the center of the rink along with hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights. The tree will dazzle guests with nightly light shows at 7pm, 8pm, 9pm and 10pm. Bystanders watching over the rink from Patriots Park will enjoy a nightly snowfall during the same hours. Santa will make an appearance every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for photos from 4pm until 8pm.

The rink, presented by APS, is open daily from Nov. 28 through Jan. 11 with special events happening many days of the week. The full schedule and hours will be available at www.cityskatephx.com

The official grand opening and tree lighting ceremony, hosted by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, will kick-off the holiday skating season on Saturday, Nov. 28. The event will feature live music and holiday performances throughout the evening.

For those looking to extend their holiday festivities, Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix is offering a “Stay & Skate” package that includes beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, 10 percent off the best available rate starting from $139 per night, two tickets to CitySkate that include skate rentals and two custom Hotel Palomar branded beanies. Use rate code “SKATE” when booking online or by calling 602-253-6633. The package is available from Nov. 28 until Jan. 3.

Saturday, Nov. 28
3pm – 11pm (Santa Claus arrives at 4pm, Tree Lighting at 7pm)
The event will feature live music, holiday performances throughout the evening, a light show, snowfall, an appearance by Santa Claus and the official tree lighting ceremony hosted Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and his family.

Nov. 28 through Jan. 11
Day Session: 11:30am – 1:30pm (Daily). Night Session: 5pm – 11pm (Mon. – Fri.), 3pm – 11pm (Sat.-Sun.)
Kids and Adults: $12 each (day session), $15 (night and weekend session).
Military, Kids 4-8, Seniors: $8 each
Children 3 and under: FREE
College Students (with valid student ID) and groups of 10 or more: $12 each
Ice rink rental is available for private parties and events. Contact (602) 772-3900.
Visit www.cityskatephx.com to purchase tickets and for a list of holiday hours and closures. Admission includes skate rental and unlimited skating all day.
For more information about CitySkate, visit www.cityskatephx.com or call 602-772-3900. Ample and convenient underground parking is available.

Images courtesy of CityScape Phoenix.