Celebrate the snowy months by bringing family and friends to University Circle for Wade Oval Winter, featuring two of University Circle’s most popular events, The Rink at Wade Oval and the 20th annual Holiday CircleFest, along with some new and exciting twists.
The Rink, which is open now through March 9, 2014, invites visitors to skate for free in one of Cleveland’s most picturesque outdoor settings. Skate rentals are available for $3.
This season, The Rink will host a variety of new, free programs and events, including Skate with Santa, learn-to-skate lessons, learn to play hockey, figure skating demos, live music on select Wednesday nights, movie nights, a snowman-making contest, a Groundhog Day event, a Valentine’s Day “Pink the Rink” event, live feeds of the Olympic Winter Games, and much more.
When guests are finished skating, they can show their Rink wristbands at the Cleveland Botanical Garden, Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland Museum of Natural History and at Western Reserve Historical Society to receive special discounted admission.
The fun continues Sunday, Dec. 8 during the 20th annual Holiday CircleFest. From 1 to 5:30 p.m., visitors can enjoy free admission to 19 different museums, schools, churches, and nonprofit organizations. Activities include make-and-take children’s crafts, shopping, live music, holiday exhibits and displays and much more.
Outside on Wade Oval during CircleFest, watch as solid blocks of ice are transformed into works of art, hop in a wagon for free horse-drawn carriage rides, lace up your skates for special hours at The Rink, and grab a meal or snack from Cleveland’s food trucks. The day concludes with the Cleveland Museum of Art’s dramatic Winter Lights Lantern Procession.
“Cleveland is a great four-season town,” said Chris Ronayne, president of University Circle Inc. “Wade Oval Winter is a great way to get outdoors and enjoy the winter season here in Cleveland.”
For more information on Wade Oval Winter, visit www.universitycircle.org.
By Becky Voldrich, marketing manager for University Circle Inc.