Living in Alabama, it’s easy to be envious of falling snow and white Christmas movies. Santa’s not quite the same in shirt sleeves, after all. Wintry holidays are supposed to be crisp and a little icy, but that’s rarely been the outdoor experience here in Birmingham. It’s all changing this year, though, with the introduction of ice skating in Railroad Park.
The outdoor rink made its debut Thanksgiving weekend, but you’ll have until mid-January to visit. Festive features include a custom ice skating playlist on the rink website and Sunday appearances by the Birmingham Figure Skating Club. This is also a thoroughly social rink, so you’ll want to follow the @railroadpark and @brrmingham Instagram accounts and tag your skating posts with #brrrmingham.
Of course, it’s the setting that makes this rink so exciting. Railroad Park celebrates everything the city is becoming, and al fresco ice skating is one more way it brings our dreams into being. What are the holidays for, after all, if not a bit of improbable magic?
In so many ways the Parkside area defines Birmingham right now, from its new construction to its existing transformation, its corporate conveniences and Smallbox startups. Baseball season at Regions Field is the epitome of Birmingham in the summer, and now Railroad Park is offering a quintessential winter balance.
Park staff have also created the ideal holiday shopping spot each Saturday through Christmas Eve: a marketplace of Birmingham-based giftables–in addition to the existing Rainy Day spot— surrounded by the charm of outdoor fun. Reclaim the holiday season from consumerist stress and enjoy where we are right now, simply by ice skating in Railroad Park.
Two hours on the ice plus a pair of rental skates is only $10, but season passes are available too. Come on down. We’ll see you there.