The grand re-opening of the beloved Newport Skating Center presented by Alex and Ani will kick off this Friday, December 11 at 5pm at the Newport Yachting Center. The official return of Newport's Winter Wonderland to downtown will commence this Friday with a host of events including a tree lighting of the 20-foot evergreen donated by Nathan Lister and Nagetuck Tree Farm in Tiverton, along with visits from Santa and the elves, carolers, free cookies and hot cocoa courtesy of Stop and Shop, skating performances from the Island Skating Academy and the official debut of the Havens Brothers Concessions Food Truck. A family-friendly event, kids will have the chance to meet with Santa and tell him what they want for Christmas. Download a Letter to Santa and a Wish List and have them fill it out at home, or do it when you arrive with forms provided on site. Additionally, holiday carols will be sung by Salve Regina University's popular female a Cappella group, Pitches with Attitude, and DJ nook. The first public skate of the season will follow the event until 9 pm, depending on weather and ice conditions, with admission $7 for adults and $5 for kids 11 and younger. An Adult Only Skate will be helf from 911 pm. Mark your calendars for these upcoming events hosted at the Newport Skating Center. Skate with Santa | Tuesday, December 15 Join Santa on the ice whether you are naughty or nice! Skate with the big man himself at the Newport Skating Center between 6 pm and 7 pm. Santa will be visiting with all the kids after he skates, so bring your camera to capture the perfect holiday photo under the stars! Ugly Holiday Sweater Date Night | Friday, December 18 Wear your favorite ugly holiday sweater to the rink on Friday, December 18th and get 2 for 1 skating admission for you and your date. Home Alone 25th Anniversary Special Screening | Tuesday, December 22 See the holiday classic Home Alone the 25th Anniversary Special Screening at the Jane Pickens Theater at 7pm.

Win a family package to see the above screening and a Family Skating Date at the Newport Skating Center. To enter: sign up for Newport Skating Center updates, follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Winners will be randomly chosen each week now through December 21st.

Prizes include: 4 movie passes (2 adults/2 kids under 12) for the December 22nd screening of Home Alone at Jane Pickens Theater 4 free skate passes (2 adults/2 kids under 12) for the Newport Skating Center valid during any open public skating session, & free hot cocoa

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