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WinterFest Opens This Weekend for a Second Season November 16, 2017

WinterFest, presented by The Hospitals of Providence and Providence Children’s Hospital is opening this weekend for a second season on November 18, 2017 through January 1, 2018.

Located at Downtown Arts Festival Plaza, El Paso Live’s WinterFest will host The Hospitals of Providence Ice Skating Rink, Providence Children’s Hospital Life-Size Snow Globe, El Paso Electric’s WinterFest Tree, Texas Gas Service’s Warming Tent and El Paso Live’s Kringle Kafé. The skating rink and major features will be open seven days a week.

The Downtown Management District is hosting Winter Market Shoppes, featuring Mini Donut Depot which will serve donuts, cider, corn in a cup and more; Delicious Mexican Eatery with a variety of tamales, coffee and papas locas; and Toys & Lights, which offers kid-friendly light-up toys and accessories.

Other shoppes include Moe-bile Air, which features an oxygen bar, massages, and aromatherapy; Amigo Man’s Winter Cabin, hosted by Visit El Paso and El Paso Live, offering event information & special appearances by Amigo Man; and an Artist Booth where local arts and crafts will be available for purchase by different artists each week during WinterFest.

Charitable opportunities for the El Paso community are available during WinterFest. Every Tuesday, patrons can mention, “Tasty Tuesdays” when purchasing skate passes and $2 of the ticket proceeds will benefit El Pasoans Fighting Hunger. Skate ticket purchasers can mention code, “Warm Wednesdays” on Wednesdays, and $2 of the proceeds will be donated to Providence Children’s Hospital Fund.

El Paso Electric’s No Coal for Christmas Toy Drive, will run from Monday, November 27 through Sunday, December 3. Collected toys will benefit children in need in the El Paso and outlying community areas. Guests can fill up the area under El Paso Electric’s 25’ WinterFest tree with toy donations.

FirstLight Federal Credit Union presents Fun Festivities on select Thursdays at WinterFest such as the Ice, Ice, ‘80s Party, Let it Snow Day, Merry Mariachi Night, Skate with Santa and Jersey Day. The FirstLight Festivities feature prize giveaways, entertainment, and special features.

Free Holiday Movies, presented by Texas Gas Service, will warm the hearts of both young and old inside the Plaza Theatre on select Sundays, in partnership with El Paso Community Foundation and El Paso Live. The holiday movie line-up will be released soon.

Sun Metro’s WinterFest Express will offer free Trolley rides from UTEP to Downtown Fridays through Sundays from November 18 to December 31, excluding Dec. 2 due to the Celebration of Lights parade. Passengers can view downtown holiday lights with drop-offs near WinterFest’s ice skating rink. Hours of operation are Fridays from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m and Saturdays and Sundays from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Trolley picks up passengers every 30 minutes.

Guests can also can enjoy tasty fare at the El Paso Chihuahuas’ Brunch at the Ballpark, hosted in the Sun Kings Saloon in the “Big Dog House” at Southwest University Park on Sundays December 3, 10, and 17 from 11 a.m. to
2 p.m. Brunch tickets and menu details will be available soon.

WinterFest is FREE to SEE and $8 to SKATE. Skate passes are only $8 for an hour of skating with ice skate rentals included. Skate passes for Military are $7, and $5 for children 5 and under.

Special skate discounts are offered throughout the season. The community is invited to stop by any Las Cruces or El Paso MetroPCS location to pick up a $1 OFF ice skating coupon. Other discounts include $2 off when showing a Sun Metro bus pass, and a $2 off with a Hotel Indigo room key.

For the full WinterFest schedule of events, special promotions, discount offers and to purchase skate tickets in advance go to: Skate passes can also be purchased on site.

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