November 9, 2016
Liberty’s Ice Pavilion Returns Nov. 18Presented again by Dominion, the popular ice-skating rink that drew nearly 20,000 guests last season returns with new hours and amenities
Colonial Williamsburg’s ice skating rink, Liberty’s Ice Pavilion, returns to the Historic Area next to Merchants Square for a second season of festive daily fun Nov. 18 through Feb. 20, 2017.
Featuring a skating surface of real ice in a beautiful natural setting, Liberty’s Ice Pavilion is made possible thanks to a generous $150,000 grant from the Dominion Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Resources. Dominion Resources is the parent company of Dominion Virginia Power.
“Dominion is pleased to support this engaging addition to the Williamsburg community once again,” said Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Foundation. “The rink has proven to be a popular destination for residents and visitors alike, adding energy and excitement to the unique Williamsburg experience.”
Last season nearly 20,000 skaters visited Liberty’s Ice Pavilion and supported surrounding businesses in Merchants Square.
“Along with glowing cressets, hot cider and handmade holiday decorations, Liberty’s Ice Pavilion makes the season even more magical for our guests,” said Colonial Williamsburg President and CEO Mitchell B. Reiss. “We thank the Dominion Foundation for making this spectacular amenity come to life, and we invite our neighbors to come down, lace up, and take in all the hospitality, shopping and fun that Merchants Square and the Historic Area have to offer.”
Changes this year driven by guest feedback include new hours, a small stage for local entertainment and concessions accessible to skaters with their skates on. Admission is $12 for skaters ages 13 and older and $10 for ages 3-12. Skate rental is available for $4.25.
Liberty’s Ice Pavilion is open:
• noon-8 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays and
• noon-10 p.m. Fridays, except for extended hours:
• 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturdays, Thanksgiving Day; Dec. 4 (Grand Illumination); Dec. 17-30, Jan. 1-2, Jan. 15 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day weekend); Valentine’s Day and Feb. 19 (Presidents Day weekend); and
• noon-1 a.m. on New Year’s Eve for late-night celebrating
Recorded music will accompany skating daily, with live performances by various local groups scheduled throughout the season.
Liberty’s Ice Pavilion is situated in front of the John Blair House at 311 Duke of Gloucester St. just east of Merchants Square’s shops and restaurants. A Colonial Williamsburg concession stand accessible while wearing skates serves coffee, hot chocolate, tea and cider, cookies, warm pretzels, popcorn, nachos and a variety of sandwiches and wraps. The stand also offers mittens, scarves and other cold weather apparel and necessities for purchase.