Bring your ice skates to Southdale. For the first time, the Edina shopping center is creating an outdoor ice skating rink for the holidays. The rink, in the Southdale parking lot, will be chilled, which means it can open even if temperatures don’t dip below freezing. Given our balmy autumn, it promises to be the first outdoor rink in the Twin Cities to open on Nov. 14 (the same day Santa arrives at the mall).
The rink, located off France Avenue and 69th Street near the water tower (and the AMC Theaters entrance) will be free and open to the public during mall hours, through Jan. 3. No skate rentals, so bring your own. In hopes of bringing skaters into the shopping center, Southdale is also creating a “Warming House” in the AMC Rotunda with free hot cocoa, cider and treats on select weekends. Braemar Ice Skating performances are scheduled for Dec. 12 and 13 at 1:30 p.m.