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Empire State Plaza ice rink to open on Black Friday

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ALBANY, N.Y. – The Empire State Plaza ice rink it set to open next Friday, and a list of events throughout the season has been released.  

The ice rink will open the day after Thanksgiving, November 29. The popular Hannaford Free Skate Rental Fridays will make a return this year, as will the free Learn-to-Skate clinics sponsored by BlueShield of Northeastern New York.

The rink will be open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week, and skating is always free. Each Friday, including opening day, will feature free skate rentals, courtesy of Hannaford Supermarkets. Skate Rental is $3 for children under 12 and $4 for adults.

Rink Events: 

  • Hannaford Supermarkets Free Skate Rental Fridays – No charge for skates from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., every Friday starting opening day November 29.
  • Saturday, November 30, 9 - 11 a.m. — Learn-to-Skate Clinic presented by BlueShield of Northeastern New York. Visit ogs.ny.gov to register.
  • Sunday, December 8, 3 – 8 p.m. — New York State Holiday Tree Lighting and Fireworks Festival presented by SEFCU.  Tree lighting,  staged program and fireworks 5:15 – 6 p.m. The rink will be closed during the fireworks and will re-open afterward with live music playing for skaters. All festival events will take place outside this year.
  • Friday, December 13, 6 – 8 p.m. — Holiday Rock and Skate.
  • Friday, December 20, 6 – 8 p.m. — Holiday Rock and Skate.
  • Saturday, December 28, 9 – 11a.m. — Learn-to-Skate Clinic presented by BlueShield of Northeastern New York. Visit ogs.ny.gov to register.
  • Saturday, January 25, 9 – 11a.m. — Learn-to-Skate Clinic presented by BlueShield of Northeastern New York. Visit ogs.ny.gov to register.
  • Friday, February 14, 6 – 8 p.m. — Valentine's Day Rock and Skate.
  • Saturday, February 22, 9 – 11a.m. — Learn-to-Skate Clinic presented by BlueShield of Northeastern New York. Visit ogs.ny.gov to register.
  • Saturday, March 8 – 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Hannaford Kidz Expo, on the concourse.

The rink originally opened on December 17, 1976, when the Office of General Services held the first holiday festival at the Empire State Plaza. The three-day event drew more than 60,000 people to see the lighting of the tree, fireworks, and rink dedication.

For full details visit www.empirestateplaza.org

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