Winterfest Ice-Skating Rink Opens Kicking Off Holiday Season in Camden

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New this year are bonfires and a cozy area surrounding the tree, not too far off from the skating rink, food, rentals, amusement and sleigh rides, carrying families through the holidays. New this year are bonfires and a cozy area surrounding the tree, not too far off from the skating rink, food, rentals, amusement and sleigh rides, carrying families through the holidays.
PENNSAUKEN, N.J. -

On Friday, December 1st, Camden County freeholders kicked off the holiday season with the opening of the Winterfest Ice Skating Rink.

“It’s just beautiful, gorgeous,” said Christine Santini of Mt. Ephraim. “I think people are going to love it.”

A section of Cooper River Park has been magically transformed into a winter wonderland.

“Something different, something to do,” said Jonathan Young, a freeholder for Camden County. “So most people don’t have the opportunity to really, have fun in the park during the winter time, so this is kind of a way to bring the park alive in the winter.”

Earlier Friday, crews were trimming the tree and putting the final touches on Camden County’s Winterfest Ice Skating Rink.

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This is the fourth year the freeholders have brought this 10-week event to the park, and they say this year they’re bringing it bigger and better than ever.

“So we’re going to have hot chocolate, we’re going to have food, pretzels,” said Young. “There’s some rides over there, there’s some vendors that are going to be riding around. And of course, you can come here and ice skate as well.”

To kick off the winter season, crowds will be watching the gigantic tree light up and families take their best ice skating moves to the rink.

“Watching all the kids just have a blast,” said Young. “It’s just so enjoying how you know, it’s just kind of a way for the freeholders to really give back to the county, and pretty much saying ‘come on down, enjoy our beautiful park that we have here.’”

“They need something here,” said Santini. “You know, they really do. The kids need it, you need something to do at night. So I’m looking forward to tonight anyway.”

New this year are bonfires and a cozy area surrounding the tree, not too far off from the skating rink, food, rentals, amusement and sleigh rides, carrying families through the holidays.

“It’s just a great time,” said Young. “Come on down and enjoy yourself.”

After tonight’s tree lighting, Camden County’s Winterfest is officially open for the season, but the fun doesn’t end when the holidays do.

Instead, the park will be open up until Valentine’s Day, to help families make plenty of memories to last all winter long.

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