This year, the Whitewater Center, at 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, is presenting two new winter activities: Ice Skating and Lights.
The ice skating requires a Single Activity Pass ($20 each) or an All Access Pass.
The Lights trail is free to visit.
Parking is $6.
The first day for both activities was Tuesday, November 19th, 2019. They will both continue through mid-February. They’re scheduled to run until February 17th.
Special Artist Event
On Thursday, January 30th, 2020, at 7 p.m., artist Meredith Connelly is doing an artist demo and talk at Lights. If you’ve enjoyed Lights this winter, and, especially, if you haven’t had a chance to walk the trail yet, this is a great opportunity to learn more about it. FREE event.
Ice Skating at the Whitewater Center
Skate on an ice trail, or free skate on 17,000 square feet of ice.
Located in the Upper Pond of the whitewater river, it includes a 600-foot ice trail.
There is also a skate-up beverage outlet in an Airstream, where you can order a hot chocolate, coffee or beer.
And the current Raft Pavilion is transforming into a new beer garden environment, complete with indoor heating, fire pits, and panoramic views of the skating.
The price ($20 for a Single Activity Pass) includes skate rental. You can bring your own skates, but that doesn’t affect the price. Make sure to bring socks.
Ice skating will continue through mid-February.
- Monday to Friday: 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.
- Saturday and Sunday: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
Lights at the Whitewater Center
Lights is a half-mile walking trail through the forest that leads viewers through a series of immersive light installations designed by Charlotte artist Meredith Connelly.
Lights includes 173 separate sculptures in 15 different installations, inspired by natural elements like honeycombs, streams, vines, crystals and roots and birds nests.
Meredith Connelly has worked with lighting and technology for almost a decade. Her installations have been on display at art museums, galleries and private collections throughout the region.
You will not need an activity pass to access the lights.
Hours: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., nightly, through mid-February.