Winterfest ice rink in downtown Tulsa re-opens after weather shutdown
BY NOUR HABIB World Scene Writer
Thursday, December 06, 2012
12/06/12 at 5:04 PM
Winterfest organizers announced Thursday that the event has re-opened after unseasonably warm weather had caused the ice rink to be closed much of this week.
Due to the high temperatures and strong winds, the ice rink was unable to maintain its frozen surface.
"As with any outdoor event, weather can change the course of activities very quickly - especially in Oklahoma,” said BOK Center Assistant General Manager Jeff Nickler. “Fortunately, Winterfest was scheduled to be open 45 days this season, so there are still plenty of opportunities for everyone to come downtown and skate beneath the skyline."
But Winterfest is now open in time to move ahead with this weekend’s scheduled events, meant to celebrate the event’s fifth anniversary.
A fireworks display is set for Saturday evening, following downtown’s Holiday Parade of Lights.
From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, the Holiday Market will be set up in the Grand Lobby of the BOK Center, 200 S. Denver Ave. The market will feature vendors selling seasonal gift items such as candles, jewelry, gourmet foods, wine, clothing and artwork.
On Sunday, Winterfest is offering a free day of skating at its 9,000-square-foot ice rink outside the BOK Center.
The rink will be open 5 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday, noon to 11 p.m. Saturday and noon to 10 p.m. Sunday. Carriage rides will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Saturday and Sunday, and live entertainment will be on the ONEOK Stage from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday and 1:30 to 6 p.m. Saturday.
For more information, visit tulsaworld.com/winterfest.
Regular skating prices are $5-$10.