Ice rinks top attractions in desert holiday outings


Ice skating and festive lights mark the start of the holiday season in El Paso in two popular locations.

WinterFest is an ongoing event in the Downtown Arts Festival Plaza and surrounding areas featuring lights, food, holiday shopping, festivities and  an new outdoor ice skating rink located near the Plaza Theatre.

“As San Jacinto Plaza once again lights up for the winter season, we wanted to enhance the downtown visitor’s experience and create a new holiday tradition,” said Bryan Crowe, General Manager of Destination El Paso.

WinterFest runs until Jan. 8.  Visitors can see El Paso Electric’s Holiday Tree. Area vendors have menu offerings to match the season such as Mexican hot chocolate at the Coffee Box and and churros, “chilly” dogs, pozole and more at the Big Media Kringle Kafé.

For information on ice skating tickets at WinterFest, visit

A few miles away in mid-town El Paso the Fountains of Farah shopping center is featuring Santa’s Workshop and ice skating on its Promenade Ice Pond.

UTEP Multimedia journalism students Javier Aguilar and Matthew Euzarraga filed video reports on how El Pasoans are enjoying the festivities.

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