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Check out The Rink at Campus Martius, restaurants, carriage rides and more during the holidays

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New York City may have a skating rink at Rockefeller Center and that rink may be seen in movie after movie, but The Rink at Campus Martius Park has Detroit character – and it’s bigger.

Come check it out this holiday season and take time to enjoy the other wintertime activities downtown.

The Rink will be open on Christmas Eve from 10 a.m. to midnight and on Christmas Day from noon to 8 p.m.

For those with less-than-the-needed balance to skate or those who want something to drink after their workout, there’s The Rink Side Bar. It’s open on Christmas Eve from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. and offers up cocktails, Atwater craft beers and more in a cozy indoor/outdoor heated seating area provided by IKEA with panoramic views.

Be sure and check out the family friendly Arctic Zone, which offers concessions. It’s open when The Rink is open.

The new restaurant, Parc, which is right by The Rink, is open on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve. It’s closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.

If you want to spend New Year’s Eve on skates,  The Rink will be open form until 1 a.m.  Normal hours return on New Years Day – noon to 8 p.m.

Any day or night you choose to skate there will be a terrific view of the Detroit skyline from The Rink – an experience only available for the 14 weeks The Rink is open.

Skate rental is $3. Admission is $8 for adults and $7 for children 12 and under and seniors 50 and up. It is open daily through Sunday, March 5. Broomball takes place Monday and Tuesday nights, January 3 through February 28.

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When you’re done skating – or before you go – check out the horse-drawn carriage rides available on Christmas Eve and Dec. 26 – 30. The carriage rides take you through the streets of downtown Fridays and Saturdays from 6 p.m. to midnight and Sundays from noon to 6 p.m. (excluding Christmas Day). Tickets are available at Cadillac Square. The carriage rides run through December 30.

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There are also street performances on Christmas Eve, Dec. 26 – 30, and New Year’s Day. They include fire performers, stilt walkers, carolers, musicians and more will entertain and add holiday magic throughout the Campus Martius Park district. Check them out Friday through Sunday through January 1 (excluding December 25 and 31) and Monday through Thursday, December 26 – December 29.

Next time you see a film or TV show with that iconic scene of a Rockefeller Center holiday, remember Detroit has its own version, chalked full of our own character – and we have a bigger rink.

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