Release Date: November 19,2019

Winterblast at Lock 3, Northeast Ohio's Most Popular Family Friendly Destination for Winter Fun, Announces 2019 Schedule

For the 16th consecutive winter, the City of Akron will provide residents and visitors a season of outdoor fun and activities for adults and children starting Friday, November 29th.  Northeast Ohio’s most popular spot to ice skate and celebrate the holiday season will feature family-friendly events and attractions all winter.  This year’s new addition, Ice Bikes, will offer even more fun this season, with an opportunity for those non-skaters to experience the ice! Returning is the Huntington Ice Rink, Ohio’s largest outdoor seasonal Ice Skating Rink, which is 12 feet longer than in previous years, Great Lakes Construction Ice Bumper Cars, the Downtown Akron Partnership Tree Lighting Celebration, the Bridgestone Welcome Santa Parade, First Tee Polar Putt-Putt (Indoors), the Signet Polar Cub Rink (Indoors), and Akron Community Foundation sponsored Breakfast with Santa.  New this year is Candy Cane Lane with 8 magical windows at Lock 3 to delight both young and old, thanks to support from Cardinal Group and Signet.  Winterblast at Lock 3 is made possible through the generous support of our event sponsors, listed below, as well as the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation.

“Winterblast is a hallmark of the Akron holiday season,” Mayor Dan Horrigan said. “It’s well worth the effort to navigate the downtown construction and stop by Lock 3 for a truly unique and enjoyable experience—whether that’s skating on the ice rink, strolling past the magical, animated window displays, or attending one of the many unique seasonal events. There truly is something for everyone during Winterblast.” 

A copy of the 2019 Winterblast schedule was included in the 2019 HeyAkron! magazine, which was mailed to Akron residents and businesses this week.  For more information or to buy tickets to any of these events, please visit www.lock3live.com.  For group sales, party packages, private rentals and fundraising opportunities at Lock 3, please call 330.375.2877 or e-mail inquiries to lock3@akronohio.gov.

Winterblast at Lock 3 Featured Events:

 OPENING CELEBRATION:  Fri. Nov. 29th | Festivities begin at 6:30 pm. Tree lighting at 7:30 pm.  Join us for free hot chocolate and cookie decorating, lighting of the City of Akron’s official tree, fireworks, make-n-take crafts, COSI – Center of Science and Industry with cool science spots, write a letter to Santa, and visit with Rudolph and friends, and more! Opening day hours: 11 am-11 pm.

CANDY CANE LANE - Presented by Cardinal Group and Signet Jewelers: Nov. 29th – Jan. 1st | 8 animated cottage windows will delight young and old.

WELCOME SANTA PARADE - Presented by Bridgestone: Sat. Nov. 30th | 10 am – On Bowery from Exchange to Main St. Welcome Santa to Town! (Visit lock3live.com for route)

BREAKFAST WITH SANTA - Presented by Akron Community Foundation: Sat. Dec. 14th and 21st | 9:30 am –11:30 am. AND Sun. Dec. 8th, 15th, 22nd | 9:30 am –11:30 am.  Event includes breakfast, entrance to the Akron Children's Museum, ice skating, skate rental, Polar Putt-Putt and photo opportunities with Santa and costumed characters. $15 Children | $10 Adult

A VERY GRINCHY NIGHT- Presented by HM Miller Construction: Sat. Dec. 14th | 5 pm – 9pm. Menu includes Roast Beast, Who Pudding and More. The Grinch and Cindy Lou Who will be there for photos. Children $10 (12 and under), Adults $15. Price includes Dinner, Photos, Putt-Putt and Skating Coupon. The Grinch Who Stole Christmas Movie, starring Jim Carrey – Free Admission – Movie starts at 7:30 pm.

5TH ANNUAL COTTAGE CRAWL - Presented by Thirsty Dog Brewing Company:  Sat. Jan. 11th | 1 pm – 6 pm. Fire Pits, Food and All Akron Beer.

NINJA PIZZA PARTY - Presented by The First Tee of Greater Akron: Fri. Jan. 18th | 5 pm – 8pm. Pizza, Drinks, Ice Skating, Putt-Putt and Ninja Training! 

TOY TIME WEEKEND - Presented by Akron Community Foundation: Sat. Jan. 25th AND Sun. Jan. 26th | 9:30 am – 11:30 am. Event includes breakfast, entrance to the Akron Children's Museum, ice skating, skate rental, Polar Putt-Putt and photo opportunities with costumed characters. $15 Children | $10 Adult.

PJ HEROES EVENT- Presented by Akron Community Foundation: Sat. Feb. 8th | 9:30 am – 11:30 am. Event includes breakfast, entrance to the Akron Children's Museum, ice skating, skate rental, Polar Putt-Putt, and photo opportunities with costumed characters. $15 Children | $10 Adult.

THE MOUSE AND HIS FRIENDS - Presented by Akron Community Foundation: Sun. Feb. 9th | 9:30 am – 11:30 am. Event includes breakfast, entrance to the Akron Children's Museum, ice skating, skate rental, Polar Putt-Putt, and photo opportunities with costumed characters. $15 Children | $10 Adult.

Also This Year:

AKRON ZIP CARD NIGHT - Presented by the University of Akron: University of Akron students and faculty receive free skating & hot chocolate with their zip card on Thursdays from 6-11 pm.

FUNDRAISER NIGHT: Print out the flyer from our website and share with your organization.  Bring to Lock 3 any Wednesday night and your organization will receive $1 for every paid skate rental.   

For a full calendar, click here. For tickets, visit www.lock3live.com.