Fairmont Empress Skating Rink Adds Fun To Victoria Holiday Season (PHOTOS)

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Feeling festive? The Fairmont Empress in Victoria is expanding its annual holiday celebration this year a new ice skating rink.

Located on the iconic hotel's front lawn, the covered rink offers an impeccable view of the Victoria harbour's festive lights. Beautiful string lights hung from the ceiling also add a layer of magic to the experience.

The rink, which measures 60 ft. by 90 ft., opens on Thursday (Nov. 20) and runs through to mid-January.

Admission is $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under. Skate rentals cost $5 per pair. Special events are also happening at the rink, including "Skate n' Date" nights, family skate afternoons, Sunday skates with Santa, and Christmas Eve skating with elves.

The idea to add ice skating came from Nat and Flora Bosa, who bought the hotel in June.

The hotel posted the progress of the rink on its Instagram page:

It's beginning to look a lot like an ice rink! #EmpressSkate #yyj #countdown

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Just watering the ice rink... #yyj #EmpressSkate #fairmonthotels #countdown

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It's sure looking a lot like an ice rink now! #yyj #EmpressSkate #countdown

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A few more finishing touches and we'll be ready for opening! Staff skate today! #empressskate

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Happy skating!

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