Crowd comes out for Augusta On Ice opening night

AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF)- After months of anticipation, Augusta On Ice opened to a strong showing Friday evening.

“Oh my gosh, Augusta On Ice is open,” said Augusta On Ice founder Christine Boerner. “I can hardly believe it. It is incredible.”

The Augusta Common is transformed into a winter wonderland that offers more than just skating.

“We’ve got ice skating. We’ve got a 100 foot long ice slide. We’ve got an Augusta Express train ride. We’ve s’mores roasting, the Elves’ Lounge for beer and wine,” Boerner said. “We’ve even got a corn hole, the reindeer games area, all sorts of fun for the whole family.”

But on that first night, ice skating seemed to be the main attraction.

“It’s nice to have something like this to bring the kids to,” said Jenny Jackson, who brought her kids from Barnwell, S.C.

Mild Augusta temperatures didn’t put a damper on the holiday spirit. Ice isn’t something Augustans get often.

“We’re sad that the ice skating rink closed down, and so we’re glad they opened this,” said Gabby Hudson.

Augusta On Ice is giving others their first taste of skating.

Complete with a tree, lights, and family time, the holidays have officially arrived in the Garden City with Augusta on Ice.

Augusta On Ice will be open for the next 50 days. Activity passes are $20 for the day and $50 for the season. Click here to buy passes and learn see info about discounts.