Anchorage Downtown Partnership celebrates winter fun at Town Square Winter Center
The main plaza of Town Square Park in downtown Anchorage may be full of ice this December and January, but it’s one hot place to be as the Anchorage Downtown Partnership kicks off another year of Winter Center activities. Located next to the Alaska Center for the Performing Arts between 5th and 6th Avenues, the Park is transformed from drab to dramatic each year, and is a wonderful place to spend an evening.
A bright spot for many Anchorage residents during an otherwise dreary, post-holiday time of year, Town Square Park is resplendent with sounds and sights of Alaska’s longest season. Municipal employees flood the plaza area to create the Town Square Ice Rink, where anyone can bring skates and glide among the park’s brightly-lit trees, often to music. The popular Crystal Gallery of Ice features beautiful and intricate sculptures that seem lifelike in appearance, and kids will thrill to the Children’s Ice Park, where interactive ice displays are on hand for lots of slippery fun.
All activities at Winter Center are free and open to the public, say Downtown Partnership staff. Part of the fun is the atmosphere of community, and the month-long event draws support from many local sponsors who keep activities running year after year. Winter Center kicks off January 2, and stays open for as long as the ice stays frozen, so make plans to bundle up and head to downtown Anchorage for a dose of wintertime, Alaska-style. Contact the Anchorage Downtown Partnership at (907) 279-5650 for information, or visit their website at www.anchoragedowntown.org.
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