Family-friendly seasonal fun kicked off Nov. 20 at Liberty Ice Pavilion Presented by Dominion Energy, returning to historic Duke of Gloucester Street in Colonial Williamsburg’s Merchants Square.
“We always look forward to the warmth and festivity of the holiday season, especially this year,” said Jeff Duncan, Colonial Williamsburg vice president of real estate. “We invite our neighbors and guests to enjoy the unique shopping and dining of Merchants Square, and also lace up for the magic of a skate, offered in partnership with our friends at Dominion.”
This is the sixth season the ice-skating venue has been sponsored by the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation with a generous grant of $100,000.
“Liberty Ice Pavilion has become a welcomed fixture of the holiday season in Williamsburg for residents and visitors alike,” said Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation. “We’re honored to continue sponsoring this festive, family-friendly venue.”
This season the Colonial Williamsburg Resorts offer the Glide Into Winter package including an overnight stay at the Williamsburg Inn, Williamsburg Lodge, a Colonial House or the Griffin Hotel, two single-day Liberty Ice Pavilion passes, two Complimentary Skate Rentals and a $10 food and beverage credit good for items at Liberty Ice Pavilion’s Snack Bar.
Complimentary outdoor seating on Duke of Gloucester Street, provided by the City of Williamsburg in partnership with Merchants Square, remains available this fall and winter, with plans for placement of portable heaters in outdoor seating areas.
Liberty Ice Pavilion is open through Feb. 15 noon-8 p.m. Sundays through Thursdays as well as Christmas and Presidents Day; noon-10 p.m. Fridays and Valentine’s Day; and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturdays, Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day.
Single-day passes are $14 and $12 for ages 3-12. A Season Skate Pass is $105 and $90 for ages 3-12. Skate rental and skate sharpening are $5. Snack Bar selections include hot mulled cider, coffee, AMERICAN HERITAGE® hot chocolate, hot dogs, tavern chili, cookies, and Raleigh Tavern ginger cakes.
Tickets and additional information about Liberty Ice Pavilion is available by visiting colonialwilliamsburg.org/skate. Additional information about the Glide into Winter package, and reservations, are available by visiting colonialwilliamsburghotels.com or by calling 855-392-3538 toll-free.
The health and safety of our guests and staff is our highest priority, and this season’s plans for Liberty Ice Pavilion fully comply with state COVID-19 guidelines for entertainment and public amusements, which currently require a 30 percent occupancy limit, use of face coverings by all participating guests and 10 feet of distancing between participating guests who are not members of the same household.
Face coverings are required while inside Foundation-owned buildings and their use is encouraged outdoors as well. Guests are also asked to adhere to social distancing guidelines during their visit to Colonial Williamsburg sites, when walking along Duke of Gloucester Street and in other publicly accessible areas. Colonialwilliamsburg.org lists additional guest comfort and safety guidelines to provide the safest experience for guests, the general public and Colonial Williamsburg’s staff.
All Colonial Williamsburg employees have received special safety training prior to limit the risk of spread or infection. The training includes general and site-specific safety requirements such as basic sanitization procedures, use of face coverings where appropriate, and social distancing requirements to follow with colleagues and guests. Signs posted throughout the Historic Area, Art Museums and sites including Liberty Ice Pavilion will remind guests of safety precautions to protect themselves and others from risks associated with COVID-19 exposure.
Information on Colonial Williamsburg operations are available online at colonialwilliamsburg.org/update and by following Colonial Williamsburg on Facebook.