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How you can go ice skating in downtown Cumming this holiday season
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Workers prepare the ice on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, at the Winter Wonderland in Cumming Ice Skating Rink at the Cumming Fairgrounds. - photo by Brian Paglia

In the south, it’s generally good, and oft-given, advice to stay off of any icy, frozen bodies of water, but local residents and visitors may have to make one exception.

The Winter Wonderland in Cumming Ice Skating Rink at the Cumming Fairgrounds is planned to open to the public on Thursday and continue through Jan. 7 and stay open during several winter festivities at the fairgrounds. Admission is $12 for all ages for an hour of skating and includes skate rental.

“We’re excited to have it here in Cumming and bring a new, exciting opportunity to the families and kids here,” said owner Chris Stroud, a Forsyth County resident who has previously operated rinks in Marietta and Blue Ridge.

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New ice skates remain in their packaging on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2018, at the Winter Wonderland in Cumming Ice Skating Rink at the Cumming Fairgrounds. - photo by Brian Paglia

Hours at the rink will differ by day and will change once Forsyth County Schools’ winter break starts.

“Basically, the schedule is when the kids are out of school, we’re open all day every day,” Stroud said. “Then, we amend the hours a little bit Monday-Friday when the kids are in school.”

Lots of other winter activities will be on hand while the wonderland is open, including hayrides, a Christmas lights display, holiday music, hot cocoa and s’mores.

Attendees can even have pictures made with Santa Claus 3-7 p.m., on Nov. 23, Nov. 24 and Nov. 26. Santa will be back 6-9 p.m., on Dec. 15. Photos are $20 for two poses.

The rink was approved by the Cumming City Council in September, which required the city to pay about $20,000. Mayor Troy Brumbalow said at the time the city hoped to offset the cost through selling advertising and concessions.

The skating rink will remain open during several other festivities, including the Jeep and Truck Unlimited Off-Road Show on Dec. 1 and 2, the Christmas in Cumming Arts and Crafts Festival on Dec. 7 and 8 and a celebration following the Cumming Christmas Parade, which begins at 5 p.m., on Dec. 15.

More information is available at CummingFair.net and Facebook.com/CummingFair.