Holiday rinks in Arlington, Everett open for the season

ARLINGTON — Four-year-old Eleanor Rose took to the ice for the first time with a big smile on Friday night.

Grandmother Debbie Hurley watched with a cup of hot chocolate on the sidelines, ready to support her granddaughter on her first ice skating experience. Mom Tiffany Butler and Aunt and Uncle Nicki and Josh Haine helped the girl around the ice cream.

The family was one of the first to try out Arlington’s first-ever holiday rink, which opened on Friday.

“I wanted her to have the real experience of ice skating,” said Hurley, who suggested the outing. “She had so much fun.”

Arlington’s hometown holiday rink will be open through Jan. 2 at Legion Memorial Park.

And in Everett, the Pacific Ice outdoor rink is back for a second year on the waterfront until Jan. 9. Skates are included with all tickets.

The covered outdoor rinks feature real ice, as well as Christmas music, candy, and hot chocolate. Blue Line Sports & Entertainment builds and operates the pop-up ice rinks.

Annika Fjortoft skates with ease at the new downtown Arlington seasonal ice rink Friday at Legion Memorial Park. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

“It’s a big passion,” said Joe Nichols, owner of Blue Line Sports & Entertainment. Nichols, who was sharpening skates Friday night in Arlington, said the rink took about three weeks to build.

The rink’s opening night attracted both newcomers and veterans. Annika Fjortoft skated in graceful circles alongside her husband Nico and 6-year-old daughter Anya.

Fjortoft started ice skating at the age of her daughter and competed until she was 14, she said. Her daughter plans to start school in January. Fjortoft said the family usually hangs out at Angel of the Winds Arena in Everett, but takes advantage of the smaller, holiday-themed rink in Arlington.

“I love the lights and the atmosphere,” she said.

A skating rink in Arlington had been under construction for several years.

“It was a dream to bring ice skating to Arlington,” said Sarah Lopez, the city’s director of community outreach.

Arlington Mayor Barb Tolbert said the rink will add to the city’s hometown festivities, which include a carousel, wagon rides, tree lighting and more.

“Arlington is a very magical place on vacation,” she said.

Lights shine outside Arlington's new seasonal ice rink Friday at Legion Memorial Park.  (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Lights shine outside Arlington’s new seasonal ice rink Friday at Legion Memorial Park. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Skating in Arlington

The Arlington Hometown Holiday Rink is open Nov. 18-Jan. 2 in the parking lot north of Legion Memorial Park, 114 North Olympic Ave.

Hours of operation are 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed Thanksgiving Day.

Extended holiday hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. from December 19 to January 2. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children. Tickets include a one-hour session and skate rental. Tickets must be purchased online. To purchase tickets, visit arlingtonice.ticketspice.com/hometown-holiday-ice-at-arlington.

Any questions, email [email protected]

Dan Kurilchemko helps his daughter, Emzley, skate for her sixth birthday Friday at Arlington's new seasonal rink at Legion Memorial Park.  (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Dan Kurilchemko helps his daughter, Emzley, skate for her sixth birthday Friday at Arlington’s new seasonal rink at Legion Memorial Park. (Ryan Berry / The Herald)

Skating in Everett

The Pacific Ice outdoor community rink is open November 18-January 9 at Pacific Rim Plaza in the Port of Everett, across from the Jetty Bar & Grille at the Indigo Hotel, 1028 13th St.

Hours of operation are 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Closed Thanksgiving Day.

Holiday hours extended from December 19 to January 2. Hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day.

Tickets are $15 for adults and $12 for children. Tickets can be purchased online (recommended) or walk-in (first come, first served). To purchase tickets, visit pacificice.ticketspice.com/pacific-ice-rink-at-waterfront-place.

For any questions, email [email protected]

Jacqueline Allison: 425 339-3434; [email protected]. Twitter: @jacq_allison.

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