Living in the South, you may be more comfortable with roller skates and roller blades, but that shouldn’t discourage Savannahians from taking a spin around the rink in a pair of ice skates.

The annual Skatefest returns to the Savannah Civic Center from Dec. 7 to Jan. 2 in the Martin Luther King Jr. Arena. Each day will consist of individual 90-minute session times and all attendees must pay admittance to enter the skating area.

Christopher Sommer, box office manager at the civic center, said his team is constantly improving the Skatefest experience for avid fans by adding a new way to skate for younger participants, as well as a new way to enjoy the season “for our die-hard ice skaters!”

“Younger participants, as well as those taking their first steps on two blades, will be able to leave the time-honored tradition of hanging onto the wall behind, as we’ve invested in skate guards this season to help our newest ice enthusiasts not only gain more confidence in their abilities, but also get the full perspective of the rink — and not just the outskirts,” he says.

Sommer explains these skate guards will be made available all season, on a first-come, first-served basis and free of charge to anyone, regardless of age or ability, who would like to use them to help master their balance and skill.

And he says they are offering a season pass option along with the single pass and punch pass options.

“Conceived with our most passionate skaters in mind, we wanted to offer a more cost-effective option for those who join us for the majority of our winter sessions.

“In addition to saving the skater a considerable amount of money over the course of the season, this one-of-a-kind season pass will come with its own collectible ID card laminate, which will allow the skater to participate in as many sessions as they desire — based upon capacity — while also being able to skip the long winding lines and enjoy fast lane access.”

Sommer’s best advice to those who’ve never braved the ice rink before is simple: “Go out there and have fun.”

“Whether it’s your first time on the ice or your 1,000th, everybody falls from time to time; don’t let the fear of falling discourage you from getting out on the ice and enjoying yourself for a once-a-season treat.

“Skatefest is an important program for the city as it allows a unique opportunity for those who may never [have] had the chance otherwise to get out on the ice and get into the holiday spirit. Whether you’re 9 or 90, all are welcome to lace up and feel like a kid again while you glide along to holiday classics.”



What: Skatefest

When: 90-minute sessions, times vary, Dec. 7-Jan. 2

Where: Savannah Civic Center, 301 W. Oglethorpe Ave.

Cost: $8, includes skate rental; $40 for six-session passes