Holiday tree lighting at Wrigley Field on Saturday

If you can’t wait until April to make your first 2012 visit to the Friendly Confines, lace up your skates and join the Cubs at Wrigley this Saturday to ring in the holiday season.

Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts, Hall of Famer Ernie Banks, pitcher Matt Garza and a crowd of Cubs faithful will welcome the holidays with a tree-lighting ceremony by the famed Wrigley Field Marquee this Saturday at 5 p.m. The 30-foot decorated holiday tree, donated by Patch Landscaping and Snow Removal Inc., is the start of a new holiday tradition and will welcome guests to the Friendly Confines throughout the holiday season.

The tree-lighting ceremony will be followed by a free hour of ice skating at The Rink at Wrigley. The full-size skating rink is open to the public and located in the Cubs’ parking lot at the corner of Clark and Waveland. Full press release below:

CHICAGO – The Friendly Confines will add another iconic symbol this holiday season: A 30-foot decorated holiday tree will welcome visitors and ice skaters to Wrigley Field when The Rink at Wrigley opens for its third consecutive year. On November 25, the rink will once again open for public skating due to the generosity of the Ricketts family and the Chicago Cubs, the City of Chicago, the Chicago Park District, local businesses and community groups. Patch Landscaping has donated the 30-foot holiday tree.

The full-size skating rink will be available in the Cubs’ parking lot at the corner of Clark and Waveland. The Rink at Wrigley is sponsored by the Ricketts family and the Chicago Cubs, the Chicago Park District, Westrec Marinas management and Patch Landscaping.

“This ice rink continues to be a popular attraction and we’re happy to open our home again to families across Chicago,” said Cubs Chairman Tom Ricketts. “We know Wrigley Field can be active all year, and with partnerships like these, we can continue to provide fun and innovative activities that enhance the quality of life for residents.”

The Rink at Wrigley will be open beginning November 25, 2011, through February 26, 2012. The rink is open Monday through Thursday from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 2 p.m. to 11 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Admission to The Rink at Wrigley is $5 per adult and $3 per child Monday through Thursday, and $10 per adult and $6 per child Friday through Sunday. Season passes are available for $60. Skate rentals will be available for an additional fee of $5 for adults and $3 for children Monday through Thursday, and $10 for adults and $5 for children Friday through Sunday. Proceeds help offset the cost of the rink.

A Grand Opening celebration is planned in coordination with the lighting of the decorated holiday tree near the Wrigley Field Marquee on Saturday, December 3, at 5 p.m.

For more information, visit www.rinkatwrigley.com.

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