Winterfest 2012 open in downtown Tulsa through January 6

The fifth season of Winterfest opens Friday in Downtown Tulsa.

The festival offers carriage rides, free concerts, entertainment and of course the big draw, the outdoor ice skating rink.

The fun begins at 10 a.m. Nov. 23 through Jan. 6, 2013.

Prices for skating on the 9,000 square-foot rink are $10 with skate rental, $5 with your own skates and $5 for children three and under.

Just steps from the rink will be Oklahoma's tallest Christmas Tree. The massive 44' tree will feature 35,700 glowing lights, 109,534 individual tips and a diameter at the base of nearly 30 feet.

Every Monday, patrons will receive half price admission for skating with the donation of a non-perishable can of food to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma.

On Tuesdays, visitors can skate for half price with the donation of a new or gently used book to the Volunteers of America-Oklahoma Chapter literacy program. This promotion is made possible by the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation.

Every Wednesday throughout the festival visitors can receive half-price skating or admission with the donation of a new or gently used coat, blanket, scarf or pair of gloves. These donations will benefit the Tulsa Day Center. "Warmth Wednesdays" are presented by Magellan Midstream Partners.

On Sundays, parents are invited to bring their children to meet "Segway Santa," a jolly fellow who will make appearances around the plaza from 1-4 p.m. greeting guests, taking complimentary photographs, and passing out candy canes.

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A list of holiday activities in the downtown area can found at .

Winterfest is presented by Arvest Bank and the Lobeck Taylor Family Foundation.

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