This was the scene at the Avalon ice skating rink, which will open for the 2019 holiday season on Nov. 24, 2019.
Photo: Courtesy the Wilbert Group
Photo: Courtesy the Wilbert Group

Avalon offering ice skating rink, Santa photos this holiday season

Lace ‘em up and get ready to gracefully glide like a glacial gazelle.

Avalon has opened its holiday ice skating rink, and Santa will be around until Christmas Eve taking photos on a first-come, first-serve basis.

But you don’t get to skate by for free. General admission, including skates, is $18 per adult and $14 per child age nine years and younger.  Group rates (10 or more skaters) are $15 per person, including skates. A season pass is $175 a person with skates.

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Organizers said the rink is 122 feet long and 59 feet wide, the same size as its inspiration — the rink at Rockefeller Center in New York City.

The Alpharetta rink will be around until Jan. 26.

Every Tuesday from now until Dec. 17, guests and their pets are especially invited to take pictures with Santa from 4 to 7 p.m.

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Other Avalon holiday events between now and then include a menorah lighting on Dec. 22, the first night of the Festival of Lights, with members of the Chabad of North Fulton community from 5 to 6 p.m.

And for the turning of the new year, there will be a family-friendly balloon drop at noon on Dec. 31. Tickets go on sale Dec. 2; no price was listed.

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