Downtown Sugar Hill is ushering in the winter season with the Have An Ice Day ice skating rink now through Feb. 20.
Located right behind Sugar Hill City Hall, the ice rink offers skating and winter fun for all ages and skill levels from beginner to expert. The rink provides skate rentals as well as concessions, offering a number of snacks and both hot and cold beverages.
To accommodate beginner skaters and younger children, the rink also provides skating aids, and tables set up around the perimeter of the rink allow parents who prefer not to skate to keep a close eye on their children. The ice is also professionally maintained by a Zamboni to ensure a quality skating experience.
The event is family friendly, playing Christmas music as patrons of all ages skate in a spacious environment.
“I love all the stuff that Sugar Hill does and puts on for the community,” said Sugar Hill resident Robbie Parenti, who visited the rink with his wife and two children. “It’s awesome to kind of get into the spirit of the holidays and bring the family up and just come skate and have a good time.”
Have An Ice Day is also welcoming the Georgia Figure Skating Club, which will perform shows on Dec. 5, 19 and 26 and Jan. 2. The shows are included with the cost of ice rink admission, and all performances begin at 5 p.m.
Featuring eight skaters from ages 4 to 41, the performances will showcase a number of figure skating talents from beginner to advanced level jumps and spins.
Offering advice for new ice skaters, Georgia Figure Skating Club coach Randy Trabing said, “Don’t wear thick socks and get skates that fit tight … you want that foot going with the skate, not skating around the boot … if you feel like you’re going to fall, just touch your knees.”
After his impressive performance on Sunday, Nov. 28, 19-year-old figure skater Charlie Liu, added, “You’ve just got to put your arms out and start marching.”
Eliana Dounaeski, a 10-year-old figure skater in the program who recently placed first in her championship series, also advised, “Never give up, and if you fall, don’t cry.”
Admission to the ice skating rink is $10 and $8 for children younger than 8. Skate rentals are an additional $4, and a season pass is available for $139. The rink is open every day except most Mondays and Wednesdays, but operating hours vary. More information can be found here.
If you go
- What: Have An Ice Day ice skating rink
- When: Now through Feb. 20 with performances on Dec. 5, 19 and 26 and Jan. 2
- Where: 5039 W. Broad St N.E. in Sugar Hill
- Cost: $10 entry, $8 for children younger than 8 and $4 for skate rentals
- For more information: Visit haidrink.com
FEATURED PHOTO: William, Casey and Elizabeth Lawson enjoy ice skating on Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021, at Have An Ice Day ice skating rink in Sugar Hill. Photo by Chris Bellows