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Madison: New Lakefront Ice Skating Rink Opens at the Edgewater Hotel

Nov 21, 2014 09:15AM, Published by Julie Henning, Categories:



While The Edgewater hotel opened last month after a $100 million dollar renovation and expansion, we needed a blast of cold weather for the grand opening of the property's new outdoor ice skating rink.

Designed for the enjoyment of both guests and the Madison, Wisconsin community, the official grand opening of The Edgewater Ice Rink is set for Friday, November 28. To commemorate the occasion, the hotel is celebrating with three days of events and festivities centered around starting new holiday traditions and welcoming the winter wonderland we're already experiencing across the Midwest.

Skaters enjoying the 4,000 plus square foot Edgewater Ice Rink will experience breathtaking views of both Lake Mendota and the State Capitol building.

During the week, The Edgewater Ice Rink will be open from 4-10 PM, Saturdays from 10 AM-11 PM, Sundays from 12PM-8 PM, and on school holidays from 10AM-10PM. Costs are $6 for adults, $5 for seniors and students with ID, and $4 for children ages 12 and younger. Skate rentals are $3 and the same fees apply to both the general public and hotel guests.

Grand opening festivities kick off with ribbon cutting and tree lighting ceremonies.

Friday, November 28

  • 10 AM: Official ribbon-cutting. All day complimentary use of The Edgewater Ice Rink (with additional cost for skate rentals).
  • 11 AM - 6PM: Holiday crafts (decorations and keepsakes) in the Nolen Gallery
  • 1 PM: Figure Skating Club of Madison performance on the Edgewater Ice Rink
  • 2 PM - 4 PM:  Pictures with Santa in the Nolen Gallery
  • 11 AM - 6PM: Movie screenings in the Nolen Gallery (11:30 AM How the Grinch Stole Christmas, 2 PM Frozen, 4 PM Elf) 
  • 4 PM:  Figure Skating Club of Madison performance on the Edgewater Ice Rink
  • 5 PM - 6PM: Carolers singing holiday songs
  • 6PM: Official Tree Lighting Ceremony
  • 7PM: Figure Skating Club of Madison performance on the Edgewater Ice Rink
Saturday, November 29
  • 10 AM: Rink opens. All day complimentary use of The Edgewater Ice Rink (with additional cost for skate rentals).
  • 12 PM: Figure Skating Club of Madison performance on the Edgewater Ice Rink
  • 2PM - 4PM: Live ice sculpture demonstrations on the Langdon Terrace
  • 7PM: Figure Skating Club of Madison performance on the Edgewater Ice Rink
Sunday, November 30
  • 10 AM: Rink opens.
  • 12PM: State with Bucky Badger
Throughout the winter season, The Edgewater offers a Winter Family Fun package that includes a guest room, ice skating for four, milk and cookies awaiting upon return, and an in-room movie for when the evening’s snow starts to fall. The package can be purchased with rates starting at $189 and can be booked here with the code SKATE14. Guests must book 7 days in advance.



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