Lace Up ! and Skate Downtown!

It may be several weeks before the city-run ice rinks are ready but that doesn’t mean you can’t get a head start on your ice skating fun! The Downtown Civic Plaza has already welcomed a number of skaters since it’s opening last week.

Even though temperatures during the day have reached above freezing, the Downtown Plaza offers perfect ice conditions. But how?

“it is real ice and utilizes a compressor system and cooling tubes in the pad.” Tom Vair, Deputy CAO, Community Development and Enterprise Services tells FirstLocalNews.

“We can make ice in weather +5 degrees and below. The rink is open now and hours will be noon-9pm on weekdays and 10am-10pm on the weekends. We managed to get it open the night of the Santa Claus Parade on Saturday night and on Sunday including a ‘Skate n’ Screen’ event.”

There’s plenty more happening

Photos by Mike Caruso

Upcoming events can be found at and include:

Thursday, November 23 

Soo Greyhound Fan Zone viewing party (away game) at 7 p.m.

Friday, November 24

Hot Chocolate Nights and Holiday Lights 

Soo Greyhound Fan Zone viewing party (away game) at 7 p.m.

Saturday, November 25 

Superior Heights Student Choir at 10 a.m.

Skate N’ Screen skating and movie (Blippi and the Holiday Snow Globe) at 2 p.m.

Sunday, November 26 

Skate N’ Screen skating and movie (Winne the Pooh: A Very Merry Pooh Year) at 2 p.m.

Soo Greyhound Fan Zone viewing party (away game) at 4 p.m.

Wednesday, November 29

Soo Market open late 6 – 9 p.m. 

Soo Greyhound Fan Zone viewing party (away game) at 7 p.m.

Friday, December 1 

Hot Chocolate Night and Holiday Lights

Soo Greyhound Fan Zone 5 – 7 p.m. 

Saturday, December 2

Soo Market open 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Movie in the Plaza at 2 p.m. (T’was the Night before Christmas)

Soo Greyhound Fan Zone 5 – 7 p.m.

Sunday, December 3

Skate n’ Screen skating and a movie (Lego Star Wars Holiday Special and Ice Age Mammoth Christmas) at 2 p.m.

Monday, December 4

Meet the Soo Greyhounds 6-8pm


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