The Empire State Plaza ice skating rink is opening soon for the 2017-2018 season

Empire State Plaza ice skating rink overhead 2017-January

Winter is happening: The ice skating rink at the Empire State Plaza is set to open December 1 (weather permitting), the state Office of General Services announced today.

As in recent years, the rink will be open seven days a week from 11 am to 8 pm (closed 3-4 pm for maintenance). And it's free to skate. Skate rental is $4 for adults / $3 for kids 12 and under / and free on Fridays. (A photo ID is required for skate rental.)

There are also a series of free learn-to-skate and hockey clinics -- that link includes the schedule. Keep an eye out for when registration opens because they fill up fast.

Tree lighting
The annual ESP tree lighting is December 3 this year. There's a whole day of events leading up to the lighting at 5:15 pm and fireworks at 5:30.

Also: There's rock-and-skate event with Moriah Formica that evening from 6-8 pm.

AOA is a sponsor of the ESP skating rink.


Whose running the odds for the over-under of how many times it'll be closed this season?

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