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City of Jonesboro announces Winter Wonderland, ice skating rink dates


The First Community Bank Wonderland Rink opens Nov. 19 and the Winter Wonderland exhibit will follow the next Monday as the City of Jonesboro helps residents and guests celebrate the holidays.

The 200 block of West Monroe Avenue will close for the remainder of the year next Monday as the rink is set up and preparations are made in the Winter Wonderland building.

“This will be the third year of the skating rink, and we’ve seen many people enjoy the opportunity to come downtown and skate – many who have never ice skated before,” Mayor Harold Perrin said. “It’s becoming a Jonesboro tradition.”

The synthetic ice-skating venue, donated by First Community Bank, will be open Nov. 19-Dec. 31 in the parking lot along the 300 block of Union Street. Its hours will be 4-10 p.m. weekdays, 1-10 p.m. Saturdays and 1-6 p.m. Sundays.

Skate sessions are 45 minutes and start at the top of each hour. Skates are provided with the $5 fee.

“People really love the skate rink, and it’s fun to see those who have never skated get out there,” Jonesboro Parks and Recreation Director Danny Kapales said. “They usually find out they’re better at it than they expected, which makes it more fun.”

Group rates for 25 participants or more are available on Sundays for $130 and up. Sunday group rentals are one-hour slots starting at 6, 7:30 and 9 p.m. School classes can also rent the rink for field trips during school hours. Call 870-933-4604 for more information.

Winter Wonderland, which is free to all, will open Nov. 26 through Dec. 21. The Christmas-themed entertainment venue for kids is at 215 W. Monroe Ave., and will be open 5:30-8 p.m. weekdays and 1-8 p.m. Saturdays. Santa will be available to meet the kids on dates soon to be announced.

This is a press release from the City of Jonesboro.