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Folsom embraces holiday spirit

Folsom Lake Entertainer
By: Laura Newell, Of the Telegraph
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The Folsom Historic District has many options this year for holiday shoppers looking for unique options.

After kicking off the holiday season with the Tree Lighting event from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 7, families can ice skate around the tree on the railroad turntable for a unique holiday experience.

The ice rink, presented by the Folsom Historic District Association, is open for skaters from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Jan. 21 on Sutter Street.

“Merchants are ecstatic to have this fun holiday tradition return,” said Jim Snook, district president. “We are looking forward to all the other Historic Folsom holiday events such as the Christmas Tree Lighting and the magnificent 45th annual Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair on Dec. 8 as both will be enhanced by the ice rink.”

Fees for a skating session are $10 for adults and $8 for children 8 years old and under and a small fee for skate rental. The rink is located adjacent to the parking structure at 905 Leidesdorff St. and across from the light rail station. Parking is free.

“The Folsom Historic District is projecting over 40,000 visitors between skaters and spectators this ice skating season,” said Stephanie Rodgers, Folsom Historic District Association director.

Part of the proceeds from the ice rink will go toward refurbishing the Railroad Museum Car which will return to its home in historic Folsom for the public to enjoy in the near future, Rodgers said.

“It is exciting that the ice rink is featured in Historic Folsom Station circling the beautiful railroad turntable,” Rodgers said. “This year we teamed up Studio 33 who brought an amazing ice rink experience to Historic Folsom.”

Other holiday events in the Historic District include the 45th Christmas Arts and Crafts Fair from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Dec. 8 and the Historic Folsom Holiday Open House on Dec. 7-8.

For a special New Year’s celebration, ice skaters can glide throughout the evening as the rink will be open until 12:30 a.m. to bring in 2013.

For more information on the ice rink and other Historic District events, visit historicfolsom.org.

In other events, Folsom will embrace the spirit of freedom and the holiday season with the sixth annual Chanukah Wonderland.

The event is from 2 to 5:30 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9, at Folsom Community Center, 52 Natoma St., Folsom. The Menorah Lighting Ceremony begins at 5 p.m.

The community is invited to share in the Chanukah celebration that will culminate in lighting a unique canned food Menorah, said Rabbi Yossi Grossbaum, with the Chabad Jewish Community Center in Folsom.

Chanukah Wonderland, sponsored by Chabad Jewish Community Center, commemorates the first battle won for religious freedom, Grossbaum said. As part of the Chanukah outreach campaign, the Chabad Jewish Community Center joins thousands of Chabad Centers across the globe that stage similar public displays of the Menorah and its symbolic lights.

The festival will include games for all ages, music, delicious hot latkes, authentic Israeli food court, Chanukah gift shop and a lighting of the canned food menorah.

For more information, visit jewishfolsom.org/chanukahwonderland or on facebook.com/chanukahwonderland.