With Texas’ winters being relatively mild, folks might not expect to find an outdoor ice skating rink in the middle of downtown Fredericksburg.
But, that’s exactly what will happen for the eighth consecutive year when “Eisbahn” returns to Marktplatz (the downtown square) Nov. 23-Jan. 5.
Cooling coils laid out on the Kinderhalle pavilion floor are what make possible the improbable -- a slick ice skating rink in the middle of an often sunny Texas winter.
Opening the day after Thanksgiving, Eisbahn will run Monday through Friday, 4-8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., and Sunda, 1-8 p.m.
During the school Christmas break, Dec. 22-Jan. 5, Eisbahn will be open 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Saturday and on Sunday, 1-8 p.m.
Eisbahn will be closed Christmas Day and New Year’s Day, but open Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The rink can be reserved for private parties anytime it is not open to the public.
Again this year, sensitive to the tough economic conditions and in the spirit of community, Heritage will NOT raise ticket prices. A full day pass will remain at $10. Come skate, then shop or dine, and return for more fun on the ice!
Refreshments are available near the ice rink, as is seating for those who would rather watch the more daring of their party from the sidelines.
Eisbahn is anticipating close to 8,000 visitors this holiday season to lace up skates and try out their balance skills on the wintery oval.
Gift buyers are encouraged to consider skate passes as gifts or stocking stuffers.
Eisbahn was conceived by Dr. Nancy Thompson as a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF).
After three years of successful operation, however, CFF found the logistics of running a volunteer staffed event for six-weeks overwhelming. It would be impossible to continue Eisbahn.
With the backing of more than 150 volunteers, including parents, grandparents, and students, Heritage School stepped in to save the Eisbahn tradition for Fredericksburg.
Heritage volunteers now operate Eisbahn to serve the community, to raise funds for the school, and to support CFF. Heritage School donates a percentage of Eisbahn proceeds to this important cause.
Heritage School is a private, non-denominational Christian school offering kindergarten through 12th grades.
The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation’s mission is to assure the development of the means to cure and control the disease and to improve the quality of life for those who suffer from it.
Information on this year’s Eisbahn event is available at skateinfred.com.