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With a new home and new thrills, WinterFest at Cooper River Park is bringing more excitement to the holiday season in South Jersey.

The ten-week event kicked off Nov. 30 at its new location on the corner of North Park Drive and Cuthbert Avenue with a Christmas tree lighting. Folks played arcade games in a heated tent and sipped on hot chocolate, which are new treats for the skate park this year.

Camden County Freeholder Jeffrey Nash, liaison to the Parks Department said some new activities like curling and skating with Santa are attracting more winter weather enthusiasts.

“This was the largest crowd we’ve ever had to light the Christmas tree and Menorah,” Nash said. “I’m looking forward to bringing my grandson to the rink and teaching him how to ice skate while thousands of kids make it out in this perfect weather to jump on the ice.”

This year, park-goers can be introduced to Curling, courtesy of Jersey Pineland Curling Club. The group is hosting lessons on Saturday’s from 11 am to 12 pm, where participants can learn the basics of the sport and then play a 30-minute game on the ice. Lessons cost $10 per person.

Are the lines in the mall to see the big guy in red too long? Strap on your skates and hit the ice rink with Santa from Dec. 20 to Dec. 24.

WinterFest Ice Skating at Cooper River is open Thursday to Sunday until February 18, 2019.  Click here for a listing of all WinterFest events.

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