Nestled in the heart of Carmel’s new downtown, City Center at the Center for the Performing Arts is a frozen tundra of good times during the coldest days of the calendar year. Plan your visit to the Ice at Center Green, which is nearly the size of a professional hockey arena – capable of fitting up to 250 skaters at a time.
Designed to give visitors an authentic winter experience, the Ice at Center Green features a skate shop with all sizes of skates for rent, huts selling hot chocolate, coffee and adult beverages plus a half-dozen lighted igloos that are heated inside and perfect for a private gatherings with friends or a brief escape from the cold.
Skate Thursday-Sunday December 26 through March 1. The season features two major events and some special skating days you will want to mark on your calendar.
FESTIVAL OF ICE WEEKEND – January 10-12
Celebrate the art of ice sculpting with this special three-day event. Several top professional ice carvers from around the Midwest bring their skills and tools to Carmel for three days of ice carving competitions and demonstrations for the third annual Festival of Ice. The ice rink will be open for ice skating all weekend so you will be able to see the sculptures as you skate.
Friday – Watch ice sculptures come to life right before your eyes on Main Street in the Arts & Design District
Saturday – Chili cook-off with the Carmel Fire Department and adult suds from Books & Brews
Sunday – Carve-off competition featuring head-to-head, fast-paced carvings on stage at Center Green
CARMEL WINTER GAMES – February 27-29
Bundle up for some ice-cold competition and fun at this event featuring big kids playing big games on the ice – without skates! The three-day event kicks off Thursday night a night of ice skating with Indy Fuel’s mascot, Nitro. Friday night, cheer on firefighters and police officers as the “Hometown Herolympics” features the first round of big kids playing big games on the ice – including “human curling,” an ice trike relay and “human hungry hippo” complete with inner tubes, laundry baskets and hundreds of bouncing balls!
On Saturday, the skate-less competition on ice continues with the Carmel Winter Games Challenge, featuring the same trio of big games, but with competition featuring anyone willing to put together a team. All proceeds from entry fees go to a local food pantry.
For more information, go to TheIceAtCenterGreen.com
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