If you do not have any plans this weekend - you do now. The City of Lapeer Ice Rink opens today, December 3rd. You can start skating on the new rink beginning at 4:00 PM.

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If you are not familiar, the new ice rink is located in downtown Lapeer in the large parking lot behind Choice One Bank (right along the river where the Lapeer Farmers Market and Lapeer Food Truck Rally take place).

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The grand opening of the ice rink could not come at a better time, tonight is also  Wineterfest in downtown Lapeer. This annual event kicks off today at 3:00 PM with a treat walk and ends this evening with a holiday parade, visits with Santa Claus, and more. Here is the complete Winterfest itinerary,

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I know a lot of you have questions about the new ice rink, and I have answers. The most asked question is in regards to skate rentals. There will not be ice skate rental available. You do need to bring your own skates. Heads up, you will not be allowed on the ice in shoes or boots. All skaters must be wearing ice skates. You can see the complete list of ice rink rules below.

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If you are new to ice skating, I Googled a few tips for you

  • Dress for success (wear comfortable clothing)
  • Make sure your skates are the right size
  • Secure your skates correctly
  • Follow the rules of the rink
  • Don't look down when skating
  • Don't lean backward
  • Bend your knees for balance
  • Don't be afraid to fall

It has been years since I have been ice skating, but I am ready to lace up and hit the new rink. One of the coolest features of the new ice rink is that the ice is synthetic, so it can be used in all weather elements. Does that mean we will be ice skating this summer during Lapeer Days? Now that is cool.

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