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On Ice at The Fairmont Empress!

Skating Rink Adds to One of a Kind Winter Playcation in Victoria, BC

The annual winter wonderland at The Fairmont Empress is expanding this year with the addition of a skating rink on the hotel’s iconic front lawn overlooking the festively lit Victoria Harbour.  Operating from November 20, 2014 until mid-January 2015, the approximately 60’ x 90’ covered rink will offer public skating 5pm to 9pm weekdays and 12pm to 9pm weekends.  Skate rentals, Skate ‘n Date nights and Family Skate afternoon are some of the ways to enjoy the tradition of winter skating.  For groups there are Office Skates, Holiday Parties on Ice, and Break + Skate meeting options.  Special seasonal festivities include Sunday Skates with Santa, and Christmas Eve Skating with the Elves, hot cocoa and cider.  The cost is $10 per person, $5 for children aged 10 and under and rentals are available at $5 per pair.  

The new hotel owners, Mr. and Mrs. Nat Bosa, presented the rink as an early Christmas present to the hotel and residents of Victoria as part of their “master plan” of renovations being developed. Skating is a time-honoured tradition that every resident and visitor to Victoria can partake in during the holiday season at The Empress.“The holidays are always a special time for our team at The Fairmont Empress and our new skating rink will add to the magic,” explains Don Fennerty, general manager of  the hotel.  “We hope that everyone will make it part of their tradition and drop by for a skate this year.”  

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