Skate Westgate in Glendale is opening for the second straight year

Nov 20, 2017, 4:27 PM | Updated: 5:08 pm
Follow @KTAR923...

PHOENIX — Skate Westgate will be opening for its second winter season with a tree lighting ceremony and professional skating show on Tuesday adjacent to Fountain Park in the Glendale.

Along with the tree lighting and professional skaters, Westgate will have free horse-drawn carriage rides, fake snowfalls and visits with Santa on a nightly basis. The lighting of the towering 36-foot holiday tree signifies the opening of the outdoor ice skating rink, one of few in the Valley.

More than 7,000 people are expected to attend the opening ceremony alongside Westgate Boulevard in front of Yard House in Glendale. The skating rink will run for seven weeks from Nov. 21- Jan. 7. Last year, 4,000 people attended the opening night ceremony and the popularity of the event encouraged organizers to bring it back for a second year.

The tree lighting event is free but prices for skating ranges from $11 for adults and children who bring their own skates, or $15 includes skate rental. Military and toddlers can rent skates for $11 and a season pass goes for $99.

Fountain Park, adjacent to Skate Westgate, is hosting nightly snowfall shows at 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. The snow shows last for eight minutes and will run every hour from 11 a.m.-8 p.m. on Christmas Eve. There are no snow shows on Thanksgiving and Christmas Day.

There will be four horse-drawn carriages offering free rides on Fridays and Saturdays that tour the Westgate Entertainment District including the nearby home to the Arizona Coyotes, Gila River Arena. The rides will run from 5 p.m.- 9 p.m.

There are many ways to get in the spirit at Westgate, as the area will offer a full slate of holiday events.

We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Pass it along to the KTAR News team here.

Arizona News

Follow @KTAR923...

Phoenix Police searching for missing 6-year-old boy

Phoenix Police is asking for help to locate six-year-old Gerardo Romero Barrera. The child was reported missing on Friday night.
1 day ago
(Photo courtesy of City of Phoenix)...

Firefighters save dog with ‘Fido Bag’ from apartment in Phoenix

Phoenix firefighters rescued a family dog from a smoke-filled apartment using a life-saving 'Fido Bag' on Thursday.
1 day ago
(Twitter Photo/@ArizonaDOT)...

Heavy rain, strong winds roll through the Valley on Friday

Parts of the Valley were hit with heavy rain and strong winds on Friday, causing some flooding on highways and power outages. 
1 day ago
(Google Maps Screenshot)...

Suspect still on loose, 3 parents arrested following lockdown at El Mirage elementary school

A suspect who reportedly had a handgun at an El Mirage elementary school is on the loose and three parents who attempted to enter the grounds were arrested Friday, authorities said.
1 day ago
(Facebook Photo/White Castle)...

White Castle to open spot in Tempe in 2023, 2nd in Arizona

Popular fast-food chain White Castle announced plans to open a restaurant in Tempe next year, its second location in Arizona.
1 day ago
(Facebook Photo/Phoenix VA Health Care System)...
SuElen Rivera

Phoenix VA says rat infestation at medical center could be over

The Phoenix VA Health Care System said Friday rodent activity at its medical center appears to have slowed down in the last eight days, more than two weeks after rats were found.
1 day ago

Sponsored Articles

Dr. Richard Carmona

Great news: Children under 5 can now get COVID-19 vaccine

After more than two years of battle with an invisible killer, we can now vaccinate the youngest among us against COVID-19. This is great news.
Day & Night Air Conditioning, Heating and Plumbing

Most plumbing problems can be fixed with regular maintenance

Instead of waiting for a problem to happen, experts suggest getting a head start on your plumbing maintenance.
Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

Update your child’s vaccines before kindergarten

So, your little one starts kindergarten soon. How exciting! You still have a few months before the school year starts, so now’s the time to make sure students-to-be have the vaccines needed to stay safe as they head into a new chapter of life.
Skate Westgate in Glendale is opening for the second straight year