Ice rink coming to Harbour Town

astice@islandpacket.comDecember 3, 2012 

  • A synthetic ice skating rink on the lawn next to the Liberty Oak in Harbour Town will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Dec. 22-31.

    Cost, including skates, is $12 for adults and $8 for children ages 12 years and under.

    The rink is part of the "Harbour Town Lights" celebration.

    Details: 843-842-1979 or www.seapines.com/events

Lowcountry winters tend to rule out most cold-weather activities, but Sea Pines Resort isn't going to let the warm temperatures stop the fun this year.

An outdoor ice skating rink will be set up for 10 days in the heart of Harbour Town this holiday season.

The rink is possible because of synthetic ice, which doesn't require refrigeration.

Artifical Ice Events will set up the 40-by 50-foot rink on the lawn next to the Liberty Oak. It will be open from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 22-31, including Christmas Day and New Year's Eve.

The company has staged similar rinks in Savannah and Myrtle Beach, but it's a first for Sea Pines, said Rob Bender, the resort's recreational director.

"It's very similar to real ice, but less slippery and not cold," Bender said. "We wanted to create lifetime memories of skating in Harbour Town in December."

The skating rink is part of the annual holiday celebration "Harbour Town Lights," which includes light displays, concerts, an outdoor movie and shopping discounts. In its second year, Bender said the festival is "coming into its own."

Donations for The Deep Well Project will be collected during the events. Canned food and toys can be dropped off at the rink, and volunteers also will accept financial donations at certain events, Bender said.

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