Santa Ana opens a winter wonderland, with ice rink


It’s starting to look a lot like vacationing in Santa Ana, thanks to Santa Ana’s very first Winter Village.

“The Winter Village will provide a fun and healthy outdoor activity that our community greatly deserves after the past two years,” said Santa Ana Mayor Vicente Sarmiento.

The Winter Village opens on December 8, with a grand opening scheduled for December 9 and will remain open until January 2.

The main attraction of this month-long celebration is an outdoor skating rink, located near Santa Ana Town Hall at Civic Center Plaza, with parking located at 601 N. Flower St. Additional parking can be found in the parking lots surrounding 4th street.

On Tuesday, Mary and Kevin Yoon glide with a seal sleigh on the Santa Ana Winter Village ice rink in downtown Santa Ana at the Civic Center Plaza.

(Don Leach / Staff Photographer)

Visitors to the Winter Village can rent ice skates and participate in a very unusual southern California winter activity.

Tickets for a 90-minute ice skating session are available for guests ages 3 and up, with general admission of $ 12 for adults and $ 8 for children (ages 3 to 12). Tickets can be purchased in advance for a day or time reserved at santa-ana.org/winter-village, but a limited number of tickets will also be available for walk-in guests each session, with discounted admission available to residents of Santa Ana on Mondays ($ 10 for adults, $ 5 for children.)

The Santa Ana Winter Village will also offer other family-friendly activities, such as a festive rail-less train ride, a story hour with Mrs. Claus, and an opportunity to meet Santa on certain days.

A stage is set up for live performances and the village also plans to offer holiday shopping and merchandise from local specialty vendors and community groups, as well as treats from local food trucks. The village is also made up of fictional buildings reflecting some of Santa Ana’s landmarks, such as the train depot.

Skaters tour the Santa Ana Winter Village in downtown Santa Ana at the Civic Center Plaza on Tuesday.

Skaters tour the Santa Ana Winter Village in downtown Santa Ana at the Civic Center Plaza on Tuesday.

(Don Leach / Staff Photographer)

The community event is part of the Revive Santa Ana pandemic recovery initiative, funded by the US Federal Rescue Plan, which hopes to “provide the community of Santa Ana with health, financial, educational and other support. short and long term “according to the initiative’s website.

Programs range from direct assistance programs to mental health recovery and critical infrastructure. In October, Revive Santa Ana hosted a 5K run, and in November, distributed $ 6 million in prepaid Visa debit cards to households in the city’s poorest neighborhoods, as part of the Revive Santa Ana Resident program. Stimulus.

The Winter Village aims to boost the economy of downtown Santa Ana by attracting visitors to the city, while providing a safe outdoor activity for the community to tune into this holiday season.

A skater picks up speed at the Santa Ana Winter Village ice rink in downtown Santa Ana.

A skater picks up speed on the ice rink at the Santa Ana Winter Village in downtown Santa Ana next to the Civic Center Plaza on Tuesday.

(Don Leach / Staff Photographer)

An official tree-lighting ceremony hosted by Sarmiento with other members of the Santa Ana City Council as well as the Anaheim Ducks Street team and the Wild Wing mascot will take place on December 9 at 6:30 p.m.

“I invite all of our residents and neighbors to join us at Winter Village, get out on the ice and experience the many joys of downtown Santa Ana,” said Sarmiento.

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