WORCESTER – The bitter cold won’t stop the City of Worcester from providing fun winter events to its residents over the next coming weeks.

Every weekend, the Worcester Common will be home to WOOville Winter Wonderland — a series of pop-up shops featuring local food and craft vendors — throughout the ice skating season.

Photos with Santa Claus will be also be free every Saturday and Sunday from noon to 2 PM every weekend until Christmas.

Food Vendors Schedule:

  • RealFoodRX (food delivery service for paleo and vegan meals) – Thursday, Dec. 14 and Saturday, Dec. 16
  • Asylum Coffeetorium (filled popovers) on Friday, Dec. 15
  • Zen Bear Foods (barbeque sauces/condiments) on Sunday, Dec. 17.

The craft vendor this weekend will be Head Stash Products (hats, clothing and accessories).

Ice skating at the Worcester Common takes places on Thursdays and Fridays from 5 PM to 8 PM and Saturdays and Sundays from 1 PM to 6 PM from now until Jan. 21, 2018.

Admission for open skating is $10, and free for children six and younger. Bring your own skates and receive $5 off the admission price. A refundable $25 cash or credit card deposit is required for skate rentals. The Oval is available for private group rentals by calling (508) 929-0125.

The ice skating rink will be closed on Christmas Day, but will be open Christmas Eve 1 PM to 4 PM. It will be open during school vacation week, New Year’s Day and MLK Jr. Day. On the week of Dec. 26, the oval will be open from 1 PM to 6 PM on Tuesday and Wednesday and 1 PM to 8 PM on Thursday and Friday.

The rink will be open as the weather and ice conditions allow. Closings and delayed openings can be found at www.WorcesterCommonOval.com and by calling (508) 929-0777.

More Upcoming events at the Oval from the City of Worcester: 

Skate & Screen

Get into the holiday spirit on Friday, December 22 with an outdoor film screening of family classic, The Muppet Christmas Carol at 5:30 p.m. on City Hall Plaza. Admission to the movie is free. Admission for skating is $10 and includes skate rentals. Receive a $5 discount if you bring your own skates. Children six and under skate free.

New Year’s Eve

Get ready to ring in the New Year at the City of Worcester’s New Year’s Eve Celebration at the Worcester Common Oval. Enjoy a family-friendly atmosphere with ice skating, fireworks, street performers, live music and a heated tent. The Worcester Common Oval Public Ice Skating Rink will be open for public skating from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. with the New Year’s Eve festivities being held from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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