It might not be Rockefeller Center, but if you're in Minnesota it's the next best thing. This Saturday marks the start of Wells Fargo Winter Skate and Winter Courtyard. Throughout the season, folks will be able to take to the ice at the Landmark Plaza while surrounded by the sparkling charm of downtown St. Paul. Open-skate hours are almost daily, and a trip to the rink serves as a great energy killer for kids before or after a trip to the Children's Museum or Children's Theatre Company. For grownups, it's a fun date activity before heading to a cozy nearby restaurant. Meanwhile, Rice Park will also be a winter wonderland, with thousands of LED lights sparkling in the park. Things kick off this Saturday at 4 p.m. with skating demonstrations, live music, performances from local theater groups, a tree-lighting ceremony, and fireworks. Free; $5 to rent skates (or free with Wells Fargo check card or credit card). For more info, visit www.wellsfargowinterskate.com/skating-info. The rink is closed Christmas and New Year's Day.
Fridays, Saturdays, 11 a.m.-10 p.m.; Sundays, 11 a.m.-9 p.m.; Mondays-Thursdays, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Starts: Nov. 30. Continues through Feb. 2, 2013