The weather outside is delightful.

Elsewhere, Americans are digging out from underneath the drifts, while in Savannah, there's nary a sign of snow.

But for those who wish the Hostess City did experience winter weather, there is an icy alternative.

"Skatefest is our month-long celebration of public ice skating," says Lamont "Yogi" Holman, director of the Savannah Civic Center. "There are four to six sessions a day and each lasts an hour and a half."

The arena will be open to skating from Dec. 14 through Jan. 4 with the exception of Dec. 20 and Christmas Day, when it will be closed. The cost is $7 per person, per session.

"Admission includes skate rental," Holman says. "Or you can buy a pass that gives you six times of skating for $35."

Skatefest is open to everyone.

"It's for all families, all ages, all sizes," Holman says.

"We expect anywhere from 35,000 to 40,000 people," he says. "A lot of people turn out for Skatefest."

Over the years, Skatefest has become a Savannah tradition, Holman says. It is made possible because of the way the arena is constructed.

"We have a hockey floor, which allows us to make ice," Holman says. "It takes three to four days to flood the floor and freeze the water to a depth that people can skate on."

Even if you're not interested in skating, a visit to the civic center for some seasonal cheer might be in order.

"In the lobby, we have a 15-foot tree and two 12-foot trees and a nutcracker in front," Holman says. "It's very festive,"

And for those who want to skate, Holman says to come and come often.

"We're here to put smiles on people's faces and create positive experiences," he says. "My goal is to make sure everyone is wowed."