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Ice skating returns to Tollefson Plaza this winter

Post by Craig Sailor / The News Tribune on Oct. 9, 2012 at 3:26 pm with No Comments »
October 9, 2012 3:58 pm

Ice skating at Franciscan Polar Plaza in Tollefson Plaza in downtown Tacoma. (Peter Haley/Staff photographer, 2011)
The popular Franciscan Polar Plaza is returning to downtown Tacoma this winter. And you’ll be able to take a teeny train to get there.

The covered, open-air ice rink at Tollefson Plaza, across from Tacoma Art Museum, will open Friday, November 23 and run through January 6. This will be its second year.

The staffed rink will be 20-percent larger than last year and the seating/viewing area will also be larger.

Admission to the rink will be $8. Skate rental is $2. There will be music and coffee, tea, and hot chocolate for sale. Themed nights, live music performances and art activities will occur during the run.

The Polar Plaza Express, a small “train” (it runs on wheels, not rails) will run between the Washington State History Museum and Tacoma Art Museum from December 21 to the 24 as well as December 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. (closing early at 1 p.m. on December 24). It’s $2 each way. The city’s trolley, meanwhile, is free but you’ll have to bring your own tinsel.

The train will run straight to (but not into) a camel at the museum’s plaza. Like last year, rides on the camel are available for a small fee.

The rink is sponsored by Franciscan Health System, Tacoma Art Museum, Columbia Bank, Titus-Will, and Korsmo Construction.

Potential volunteers at Polar Plaza should call 253-722-2454 or email

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