If you go
› What: Ice on the Landing.
› When: Friday, Nov. 18-Monday, Jan. 16.
› Admission: $10 adults, $8 children under 12 (includes skate rental); $100 individual season pass; $200 family pass.
› Phone: 423-265-0771.
› Website: iceonthelanding.com.
› Nov. 18-Dec. 15: 2-9 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 2-11 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; noon-9 p.m. Sunday.
› Dec. 16-Jan. 3: Open weekdays at 11 a.m.; other hours remain the same.
› Jan. 4-16: 2-9 p.m. Monday-Wednesday; 2-11 p.m. Thursday-Friday; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday; noon-9 p.m. Sunday.
› Thanksgiving Day: 2-11 p.m.
› Christmas Eve: 11 a.m.-4 p.m.
› Christmas Day: 4-11 p.m.
› New Year’s Eve: 11 a.m.-10:30 p.m.
› Late Skate New Year’s Eve: 11 p.m.-1 a.m. ($25 adults, $20 kids).
› New Year’s Day: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Twice the ice
A second ice-skating rink will be open this season inside Bradley Square Mall, 200 Paul Huff Parkway in Cleveland, Tenn. Cleveland On Ice, presented by Camp Big Fish, a Christian after-school program and summer day camp, will be open Dec. 15-Jan. 1.
Ice on the Landing is back, but not in the same location where it has been the last two years.
Workers this week began constructing the temporary skating rink that had previously been on the Green at Ross's Landing. It will open Friday, Nov. 18, in the Glenn Miller Gardens at the Chattanooga Choo Choo. Chattanooga Presents will again manage the rink, and owner Carla Pritchard says she is excited about the new location.
She says the Choo Choo offers several advantages, including better parking and an indoor party room for birthdays and other special events.
The biggest improvement may be the overall aesthetics. The tourist attraction dresses up for the holidays in Victorian regalia with a giant tree in the main lobby, a Santa on-site, stately trains, beautiful gardens and mood-setting gas lights that surround the rink location.
"It looks really pretty," she says.
The rink also "looks quite a bit bigger," she says, "and maybe that's because it is not the only thing in a big park setting."
The dimensions have changed to fit in the new space, 40 by 140 feet, compared to last year's 60 by 100 feet. All the equipment, including skates, will be new and designed specifically for the Choo Choo space.
Puckett's had contracted to be a sponsor of the rink before the decision to move and has stayed on board. The restaurant will have a stand near the rink selling barbecue sliders, Redneck Tacos, grilled cheese sandwiches and bratwursts.
Pritchard says she hopes people will take advantage of the other businesses in the immediate area as well.
"You can come down and go to The Comedy Catch or Stir and do the other things on-site. We really hope this helps everyone."
The rink will be open through Monday, Jan. 16, with hours changing based on when kids are in school or on holiday break.
Contact Barry Courter at firstname.lastname@example.org or 423-757-6354.