Relief from the heat

Ice on Main starts Nov. 18

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Relief from the unseasonably warm temperatures of recent weeks is on its way — United Community Bank Ice on Main is on its way. Greenville’s new holiday tradition is back on Nov. 18 and will be open through Jan. 16.

Ice on Main turns the Village Green at Main@Broad in front of the Courtyard by Marriott into Greenville’s version of New York City’s Rockefeller Center. More than 70,000 skaters have laced up during the past five years.

“We are glad to kick off the holiday season on Main Street with Greenville’s favorite holiday tradition,” Mayor Knox White said in a press release.

Regular hours of operation are Monday through Thursday, 2 p.m. to 9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Special holiday hours are planned for the day before Thanksgiving, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, New Year’s Eve, New Year’s Day and Monday, Jan. 16, the rink’s last day.

In addition, the rink will open earlier on Mondays through Thursdays during school holiday break (Dec. 21 to Jan. 3).

Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children 12 and under. Prices include skate rental. Group discounts are available in advance.

For the third straight year, one Greenville skater will win a trip for two to New York City, tickets to see Disney’s “The Lion King” on Broadway, skate passes at Rockefeller Center, a $500 Visa gift card and opening night tickets to “The Lion King” production at the Peace Center.

The opening day ceremony kicks off at 3:30 p.m. on Nov. 18. The rink opens to the public at 4 p.m.

More information is available at www.iceonmain.com.

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