Tuacahn adds ice skating rink to ‘Christmas in the Canyon’ activities

New ice skating rink in the process of being set up at Tuacahn Center for the Arts, Ivins, Utah, Nov. 21, 2017 | Photo by Hollie Reina, St. George News

Updated: Skate rentals are included in $7 price. If guests bring their own skates it is $5. Guests can purchase tickets online or at the box office. Advanced reservations are recommended.

IVINS For years, Tuacahn Center for the Arts has created a magical holiday escape complete with twinkling lights, hot cocoa, visits from Santa Claus and a live Nativity. The “Christmas in the Canyon” event is a must-visit holiday attraction for Southern Utah residents and visitors alike. And this year, for the first time ever, they are adding ice skating to the lineup of whimsical activities.

This 2013 file photo shows Tuacahn’s Christmas in the Canyon, Ivins, Utah, Nov 29, 2013 | Photo by John Teas, St. George News

“It’s going to be spectacular,” Tuacahn CEO Kevin Smith said in a news release. “This is what Tuacahn is all about, offering something unique to visitors and helping them create memories that will last a lifetime.”

The 85- by 55-foot space is located just behind the new arts center near the Entrada Dance Studio. The rink will be visible from the windows of the Gift Gallery and Snow Canyon Cafe.

Nighttime at the skating rink will be particularly magical as the area will be enhanced with various theater lighting techniques.

This 2016 file photo shows the Live Nativity program at Tuacahn Amphitheatre, Ivins, Utah, Dec. 5, 2016 | Photo courtesy of Jim Lillywhite, St. George News

Skating prices are $7 per person which includes skate rentals. Guests who bring their own skates are $5. Group discounts available.

Advanced reservations recommended.

About the rink

Offering an ice rink as part of Christmas in the Canyon and beyond is something Smith said has been on the minds of the Tuacahn team for years. Building and maintaining such a space in Southern Utah, a region known for its relatively warm temperatures, meant Smith and his staff had to get a little creative to make this happen.

Extensive research by Smith and Brad Shelton, set designer for Tuacahn, led them to a state-of-the-art self-lubricating synthetic ice product that looks and feels just like real ice.

“It’s kind of a novelty,” Smith said.

Christmas in the Canyon

Promotional image for “Fairy Tale Christmas” to be presented in The Hafen Theatre at Tuacahn Dec. 1-23 as one of several “Christmas in the Canyon” features offered by Tuacahn Center for the Arts. | Image courtesy of Tuacahn Center for the Arts, St. George News

Christmas in the Canyon will feature a new play by Scott and Michael McClean called “Fairy Tale Christmas.” The story follows a group of fairy tale villains who decide to kidnap Santa Claus in hopes of changing the endings of classic fairy tales.

The show will be performed indoors in The Hafen Theatre at Tuacahn. Performances will run  Mondays-Saturdays Dec. 1-23 at various times. No children under 3 years old are allowed in the theater. Tuacahn’s child care service, ShowCare, will be available.

Tickets range from $29-$39 and can be purchased online or by calling 435-652-3300.

Other Christmas in the Canyon activities include visits with Santa Claus, hot cocoa, train rides and a live Nativity.

The event opens Friday and runs Mondays-Saturdays from 5-9 p.m. until Dec. 23.

Event details

  • What: Christmas  in the Canyon.
  • When: Mondays-Saturdays starting Nov. 24 and running through Dec. 23., 5-9 p.m. | “Fairy Tale Christmas” runs Monday-Thursday, 7:30 p.m. and Friday-Saturday, 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Dec. 1-23.
  • Where: Tuacahn Center for the Arts, various facilities within the center, 1100 Tuacahn Drive, Ivins.
  • Cost: Christmas in the Canyon, free | Ice skating, $7 (skates included); $5 with own skates | “Fairy Tale Christmas,” $29-$39 | Train rides, $2 | Live Nativity, $2.
  • For more information visit Tuacahn online | Christmas in the Canyon webpage (with links for ticket purchases online) | “Fairy Tale Christmas” webpage (with link for ticket purchase online) | Tuacahn Box Office – to purchase tickets or register for ShowCare telephone 435-652-3300.

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  • utahdiablo November 22, 2017 at 9:20 am

    Just Magical….like the new condos being built right outside Tuachan…..you really know how to ruin a wonderful place

    • LunchboxHero November 22, 2017 at 10:33 am

      utahdiablo – Don’t forget the helicopters! Nothing contributes to a lovely nature setting like the tranquil whir of chopper blades…

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