As the temperature grows colder, and the excitement of the holidays begins to fill the air, the changing season brings about an array of winter activities. The seasonal ice skating rink in downtown Sacramento has returned, giving you the chance to enjoy the magic of this joyful cold-weather sport with your family and friends. The trees surrounding the ice are wrapped in colorful lights and festive music drifts across the rink. Merry ice skaters of all ages and skill types glide around, some soaring with effortlessness and grace, and others armed with the solid determination to improve their balance and pick up on a new skill. Throughout the next few months, the rink will be featuring a variety of theme nights, including a Throwback ‘80s night on Dec. 14 and a Throwback ‘70s night on Jan. 11. Come dressed up according to the theme/era, and be ready to ice skate to classic hits from that time period! The rink is regularly open Monday through Thursday from 2–8 p.m., Friday and Saturday from 10 a.m.–10 p.m., and 10 a.m.–8 p.m. on Sunday. Hours will extend during the holidays. General admission costs $12, and includes skate rental. Children under age 6 may skate for $6. Ice scooters for beginners and lockers are also available to rent. Learn more at

**This write-up first appeared in print on page 12 of issue #253 (Nov. 20 – Dec. 4, 2017)**

    Haley Teichert

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    Haley is a musician who plays in local bands Toy Traps and Chat Room. She also hosts a radio show called "Garlic Party" on KVMRx. She has been contributing to Submerge since 2016.