By Robert Medley
Ice skating has been part of the 25th anniversary of Yukon’s “Christmas In The Park,” at 500 W Vandament Ave. in Chisholm Trail Park, one of the state’s largest holiday light display.
The holiday events have drawn record crowds this year for the light display, train rides and skating rink.
Ice Challenge Enterprises LLC of Oklahoma City has operated the rink in Yukon and set up a rink in Chisholm Trail Park at no cost to the city. The city is collecting a percentage of profits.
Yukon City Council members approved the plans for the rink in September.
A rink spokeswoman said as of Thursday, Dec. 17 there had been 4,500 skaters.
The busiest time for the season started Friday, Dec. 18 through the New Year.
The business expects about 8,000 more skaters before the rink closes Jan. 3
The company has also provided ice skating rinks for the City of Chickasha and City of Edmond for holiday festivities. It is the first time for ice skating in Yukon.
The company will pay the City of Yukon 40% of profits after collecting the first $98,500, according to the contract.
The rink is located just north of W. Vandament Avenue in the parking lot.
The hours that are busiest are 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., skater Kristin Greenley said.
During winter break for area school students, from Dec. 19 to Jan. 3, the hours will be noon to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and noon to 11 p.m. Fridays through Saturdays.
Skating will be noon to 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve and noon to 10 p.m. on Christmas Day.
New Year’s Eve skating is noon to 10 p.m. and New Year’s Day is noon to 11 p.m.
For those without skates, rental is $12 for skating. Those who have skates the cost is $8.
Children 5 years-old and younger skate for $8. Tho se with a military ID pay $10.
The Santa Express Train Rides are also a popular attraction during the “Christmas in The Park” season. Train rides at Chisholm Trail Park are every night weather permitting from 6 pm. to 10 p.m.