Glide Through the Holidays at the MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place

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Skating, gliding and enjoying wintertime fun at the MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place has become one of Pittsburgh’s most beloved holiday traditions.  Returning on Light-Up Night on November 21st, the ice will be ready for skaters of all ages and abilities to glide past the towering Christmas tree whose thousands of glittering 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, multi-generations of skaters delight in the experience of this winter recreation in the heart of the excitement and energy of downtown Pittsburgh at Christmas time.

Beginning on Light-Up Night on November 21st, MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place will be open every day including Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas, New Year’s Eve, and New Year’s Day to be a part of the annual traditions of many Pittsburgh families. The fun continues well after the holidays with the MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place remaining open through mid-February.

“Over 500,000 skaters have enjoyed this holiday pastime located in the heart of downtown Pittsburgh at the Plaza between Third and Fourth Avenue,” said Byron Sharp, president of Magic Ice USA and operators of the MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place. “It has even become a destination for special lifetime occasions including weddings, birthdays, Bar Mitzvahs and many romantic wedding proposals have all taken place here at the MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place. 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 also a favorite destination for family outings, field trips, special college nights, team building, corporate events and 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. Skates are available to rent or bring your own and have them sharpened by the skating professionals.

Be sure and join that jolly old elf himself on December 6th, 13th and 20th, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. for the very special “Skate with Santa” holiday event.

The MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice 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 the people at PPG Place, the owners, Highwood Properties, Inc., and their supportive and generous new sponsor MassMutual Pittsburgh who continue to bring us at Magic Ice USA, to operate the ice rink and provide this lasting holiday tradition to the people of Pittsburgh.”

The rink will be open Nov 21 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, starting from Jan 6 to mid-February, 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.