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Holiday attraction & skating rink open late weekend evenings
YUMA, ARIZONA - Teens and others who consider themselves too old to sit on Santa's lap can still find plenty of fun at Yuma's Christmas Village at the Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park -- so event organizers have decided to extend "date night" hours Friday and Saturday (Dec. 17 & 18) until 10 p.m.
"With all the lights and special photo spots, the Christmas Village is really a romantic place for couples as well as a fun place to bring the family," said Kristan Sheppeard, director of sales and marketing for Yuma Visitors Bureau, which created the Village in partnership with the Yuma Crossing National Heritage Area. "And if you want someone to grab your hand, what better way than to take them ice skating under the stars?"
A "Polar Pass" for Christmas Village admission costs $5 and is good for unlimited return visits for $1 each. Kids age two and under are admitted free. Skating is $5 for ½ hour and includes skate rentals for all ages and sizes. The Christmas Village is otherwise open daily from noon to 8 p.m. through Dec. 30 except Dec. 24 and 25.
In addition to a high-tech synthetic skating rink that can weather Yuma's unseasonably warm December, the Christmas Village features a town square of fanciful walk-in-sized playhouses, thousands of sparkling lights and a wide variety of food vendors.
"How often can you make a date to skate in the middle of the desert," Sheppeard added. "For the price of a movie, you can impress your sweetheart with a really unique date - and even with all the holiday lights, we promise there are still dark corners where you can be rewarded with a kiss!"
The Yuma Quartermaster Depot State Historic Park is located at 201 N. Fourth Avenue. However, because parking is limited at the front entrance to the park, Christmas Village visitors are encouraged to park around old City Hall (180 W. First Street), and follow Second Avenue down the hill (north) and across the bridge to the park's rear entrance.
Yuma Visitors Bureau markets the Yuma area within the travel and tourism industry and to the general public. The nonprofit is funded in part by City of Yuma hospitality tax revenues. Direct travel spending in Yuma County totaled more than $577 million in 2009 and supported nearly 6,000 jobs. Travel spending in the county also generated more than $36 million in state and local taxes.
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