Winter in Palm Springs

Starting this winter when sugar plums just start to dance in your head Palm Springs is playing Santa by putting an ice skating rink at the River at Rancho Miragethat will be called The Rink at the River. Think New York's Rockefeller Center and San Francisco's Union Square. In fact there will even be a tree lighting ceremony on Nov. 29 with an appearance by jolly old Saint Nick himself. According to locals, this will all be most welcomed to the area.

For added enjoyment the rink is surrounded by shops, restaurants, and movie theaters at the upscale mall at Rancho Mirage -- a mecca for holiday shoppers.

Ungar Kung of CL Asset Management, the company representing The River told the press that they are thrilled to offer an activity for everyone to enjoy during this special time of year," adding that this will be the perfect place for families, children, and couples to get together and enjoy.

Live music and entertainment

Skaters can lace up and sharpen their blades for a Nov. 22, 2016 opening. The rink will stay intact through Jan. 8, 2017. J The Rink at the River, which will be located at the corner of Highway 111 and Bob Hope Drive, will also have live music and entertainment.

The venue will add to the list of other diversions popular in the desert such as music festivals, golf, tennis, happy hours (one of the most popular of which is Lulu's Bistro), dining, the Aerial Tramway (that takes riders high above the valley) and star gazing at all the celebrities who flock to this arid oasis in winter. Palm Springs offers lodgings for every budget from the most whimsical Monkey Pod hotel to a lavish Ritz-Carlton.

While residents prepare for the skating rink, city fathers have waged a campaign to also reinstate the spectacular 26 foot tall sculpture of Marilyn Monroe called Forever Marilyn that stood majestically in the heart of downtown for two years until it was purchased by a New Jersey firm and carted away. The city wants it back and perhaps will get their wish by the time the rink is open. The statue was one of the most popular attractions in town during its imposing reign.

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