Got Ice? Skate Through the Holidays at The Rink at PPG Place

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By Marianne Reid Anderson

It is an amazing and fun holiday experience to glide past the towering Christmas tree at PPG Place whose splendor and thousands of lights reflect and sparkle in the glass towers of the PPG Building.
Great for outdoor family fun or as part of the perfect date night, skating at the Rink at PPG Place has become one of Pittsburgh’s most beloved holiday traditions. Skaters of all ages and levels of ability delight in the experience of this winter recreation in the heart of the excitement and energy of downtown Pittsburgh at Christmas time.
The rink re-opened on Light-Up-Night on November 22 and is open every day including Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day to be a part of many family’s annual traditions. The fun continues well after the holidays with the Rink at PPG Place remaining open until February 17.
 “We have skated over 500,000 skaters in our more than 12 seasons at the Rink at PPG Place,” said Byron Sharp, president of Magic Ice USA. “And every year gets bigger and better. There is also a full snack bar and there is no time-limit, skaters can stay as long as they want.”
It is a favorite destination for family outings, field trips, birthday parties, special college nights or private ice parties.  Group rates are offered and there is convenient, adjacent parking. 
You can also sign-up for skating lessons and for those who work or go to school in the downtown area, you may want to consider getting yourself a special “lunch-time” pass for a quick skate-break during the day.
On December 7th, 14th and 21st, the main jolly, old elf himself takes a turn and you can join him at the special holiday event “Skate with Santa” from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The Rink at PPG Place was first installed in December 2001. “The management of PPG Place recognized our ability to provide a great venue for holiday family fun and that we had a great business model.   We were recommended to those in charge, and after we met with them, we were extended an agreement.  It’s been extended every year since,” Sharp said. “We provide the very best in family recreation, and we are delighted to be back in Pittsburgh again.  We have a wonderful relationship with both the people at PPG Place and the new owners, Highwood Properties, Inc., who purchased the complex in 2011 and who continue to sponsor the ice rink and employ Magic Ice USA as its operator, and we hope they will always want us back.”
The rink will be open Nov 22 to Jan 5, Monday through Thursday:  11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday:  11 a.m. to midnight; Sunday noon to 8 p.m.  Then, from Jan 6 to Feb 17, the rink will be open Monday through Thursday:  11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and then from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. for an evening skate; Friday and Saturday:  11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday noon to 8 p.m. For more information and holiday hours of operation, visit www.ppgplace.com or call 412-394-3641.