The Marietta Square had an open-air ice skating rink for the first time. It was located on the southwest corner of Glover Park. PHOTO CREDIT: Aidan Thomas Hornaday

It's official: Ice skating rink returning to Marietta this year

Unlike that itchy sweater and eggnog hangovers, an amazing part of winter is coming back.

The Annual Winter Wonderland celebration will return after its inaugural year, the city announced Thursday.

Yes, that means outdoor ice skating at Glover Park. 

Plan to lace up starting Nov. 18. And no matter if you're old, young, teacher or student, the price is $12.

But get there quick, because an estimated 15,000 people came to the first last year and paid about $180,000.

Here are the hours, starting Nov. 18, when school is in session:  

» Monday to Thursday: 4:30 to 9 p.m. 

» Friday: 4:30 to 11 p.m. 

» Saturday: 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. 

» Sunday: Noon to 8 p.m. 

Hours when school is out:

» Monday to Thursday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. 

» Friday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to  11 p.m. 

» Sunday: Noon to 8 p.m. 

Holiday hours:

» Thanksgiving Day: 2 to 10 p.m. 

» Christmas Eve: 10 am. to 6 p.m. 

» Christmas Day: 2 to 9 p.m.

» New Year's Eve: 10 a.m. to "LATE"

» New Year's Day: 2 to 9 p.m.

As for the rest of the activities, the Christmas Tree Lighting Ceremony will be held Dec. 1 along with the arrival of Santa Claus. Local school chorus performances kick off the day at 4:30 p.m. before Santa enters the scene on a City of Marietta firetruck at 5:20 p.m. followed by the Christmas tree lighting at 6 p.m.

Oh, and the kiddies can meet Santa until 8 p.m. Eventually, families will be able to reserve a time with Santa online. Pro tip: Santa will be available Thursdays from 3 to 7 p.m. for photos with your pets.

Santa visiting hours, Dec. 3 to Dec. 24 (he's a little busy the next day):

» Saturdays: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

» Sundays: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

» Dec. 21 to Dec. 23: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. 

» Christmas Eve: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 

*Line for Santa closes one hour before posted closing time

It all culminates with the New Year's Eve extravaganza.

"Attendees can write resolutions on the Resolution Wall, play putt-putt golf, browse food trucks, and even test their skill in an escape room experience," the city said.

And if none of that does it for you, maybe ice-carving contests and roaming magicians will.

After the sun goes down, the adults come out. Live music and a "surprise drop" are in order. Last year, the city switched out the ball drop for the controversial "human drop" of a dancer instead.

This year, the city has only called it an "object drop," which is what it called the display last year.

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