The ultimate guide to CitySkate 2017

City Skate will open Nov. 24, 2017. (Nicole Neri/DD)

Downtown Phoenix will once again become a Winter wonderland starting next week as CitySkate at CityScape returns on Nov. 24.

This year the seven-week event is focusing on giving back and will collaborate with local nonprofits and the Phoenix Art Museum to bring art to the community.

In the theme of giving back, CitySkate is joining with a local organization every Wednesday to raise money and attention to their cause.

From 3-11 pm, for every general admission ticket purchased $5 will be given back to a local organization. Donations will be given to St. Mary’s Food Bank, 100 Club, Phoenix Sister Cities, Upward and Onward, One N Ten and the Arizona Science Center.

Construction workers build a giant tree Nov. 16, 2017. The tree will stand in the middle of City Skate’s ice rink. (Nicole Neri/DD)

As part of CitySkate’s partnership with the Phoenix Art Museum, an interactive art pop-up shop will be added to the retail space next to Charming Charlie’s.

The featured display, “Carcerolazo” by artist Saskia Jordá will be available for onlookers to marvel at while walking around downtown. Attendants can enjoy a number of daily artistic performances from dance to music and other activities.

Looking at the south side of the ice rink, viewers will see a magnificent 3-D mural, “The Desert Wonderland in the City” by artist Joe Pagac. The mural captures the combination of the desert with illustrated plants, an ideal spot for any photographer or visitor looking to get a picture taken.

On Nov. 25 visitors can partake in the CitySkate grand opening and see performances from Santa Claus and others beginning at 4 p.m., followed by the tree-lighting ceremony hosted by Phoenix mayor Greg Stanton at 6 p.m.

Skaters and onlookers alike can delight in the 36-foot tree sitting in the center of the rink sparkling with holiday lights, and look forward to weekend appearances and photos from 4-6 p.m. with Santa Claus

CitySkate will also feature performances by Phoenix Symphony, Arizona Opera, Herberger Theatre, Ahwatukee Foothills Nutcracker and the All Puppet Players Theatre, alongside Anna and Elsa from the movie Frozen, who will make an appearance too

Tickets may be bought at the ice skating rink, where skate rental and the skating session are both included in the purchase of a ticket. Private parties and events can also be held by renting out the rink.

Refrigerant tubes stand partly frozen over in the City Skate ice rink Nov. 16, 2017 before the rink is filled with water. (Nicole Neri/DD)

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