GLENVIEW – The 17th annual Winter Carnival returns to the Glenview Ice Center December 22-January 7, coinciding with winter break from school. Families can participate in a wide range of scheduled activities and extended public skating hours.
“We take pride in offering an opportunity for families to come out together over the holidays and enjoy our facility,” said Brian Montgomery, Program Manager at the ice center. “In addition to the new faces we see every year, we have many returning families who appreciate the diversity in our programming and the ways in which we provide opportunities to keep their kids active and busy during the holiday break.”
A free Holiday Figure Skating Exhibition kicks off the event from 5-8 p.m., Friday, December 22. Over 200 remarkable young athletes from the ice center’s Skate School showcase their talents in an impressive show of synchronized performances, complete with music and costumes.
Families are welcome to freestyle around the rink during extended daily public skating sessions, where special guests like Santa, Batman, cartoon characters, Skates from the Wolves and the Blackhawks’ Tommy Hawk are scheduled to appear. Young children who want to experience skating for the first time can try it out with $15 introductory lessons taught by the Ice Center’s professional skating staff. More experienced hockey players can participate in fun competitions and friendly matches. Figure skating clinics are also available for current lesson participants.
Kids ages 5-14 can enjoy a full day of non-stop fun, including broomball, ice skating and winter crafts during Freezin’ Fridays from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., December 29 and January 5. Advanced registration is required and the $50 fee includes lunch.
The Ice Center staff and coaches face off against the Glenview police and fire department once more in the annual charity hockey game from 7-8:30 p.m., December 28. All proceeds from admission sales benefit the Northfield Township Food Pantry, which totaled nearly $1,000 last year. Spectators can wear their youth or high school jersey for discounted admission.
In the spirit of the holidays, the Ice Center is once again hosting the Salvation Army Angel Tree. Visitors can pick up a tag from the tree with the gender, age and holiday gift wish list item for a child in need. Purchased gifts must be placed under the tree no later than December 15 to be given to underprivileged children in time for the holidays. Last year alone almost 200 gifts were donated by our generous visitors.
Families are invited to ring in 2018 at the New Year’s Freeze Celebration from 5-7 p.m., Sunday, December 31. This family-friendly event includes skating, games, crafts, a balloon artist, and a balloon drop and Kiddie Toast at “Midnight” (7 p.m.). Admission is $8 per person.
Submitted by Glenview Ice Center and Glenview Park District