Go for the Gold

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas — everywhere except South Florida. But who’s complaining? We’ll take mild temperatures over a snowstorm any day. But if there’s one thing that has always made us jealous of Northern weather, it’s ice-skating on a frozen pond while the stars twinkle above. We blame Charlie Brown and his damned Christmas special. But thanks to the InterContinental Miami (100 Chopin Plaza, Miami), South Florida can finally join in the fun with the “Holiday Ice Rink Presented by Coca-Cola.” Sure, it’s not exactly a frozen pond, but the full-sized rink is located on the hotel’s Bayview patio, so skaters can glide on the ice while gazing at the clear Miami sky and across Biscayne Bay. See? Miami even does ice-skating better — you won’t need to de-ice your car when you’re done. The cost of holiday cheer is $20 per hour for adults and $10 for kids 17 and under. The price includes skate rental and validated parking. Group and family rates are available too, so gather a few friends. The rink is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Call 305-372-4787, or visit icmiamihotel.com.
Dec. 19-Jan. 15, 10 a.m.-10 p.m., 2011
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Jose D. Duran has been the associate web editor of Miami New Times since 2008. He's the voice and strategist behind the publication's eyebrow-raising Facebook and Twitter feeds. He has also been reporting on Miami's music, entertainment, and cultural scenes since 2006, previously through sites such as MiamiNights.com and OnBeat.com. He earned his BS in journalism with a minor in art history from the University of Florida. He's a South Florida native and will be a Miami resident as long as climate change permits and the temperature doesn't drop below 60 degrees.
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