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Ice skating coming to the Las Vegas Strip

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Leila Navidi

The ice skating rink during the Winter in Venice kickoff celebration outside the Venetian on Monday, Nov. 21, 2011.

Ice skating comes to the desert later this month, as the Cosmopolitan and Venetian bring the winter pastime to the Las Vegas Strip.

The Cosmopolitan’s Boulevard Pool overlooking the Strip will be turned into an ice rink, offering skating from Nov. 30 through Jan. 20. The pool will be covered by a platform, which will be frozen for skating and surrounded by fire pits, picnic tables and Adirondack chairs.

The Venetian, meanwhile, will offer 30-minute skating sessions beginning Sunday and continuing through Jan. 6 on a synthetic ice rink adjacent to the outdoor gondola rides. Ice skating there will be on recyclable polymer, which casino officials say requires no electricity or refrigeration.

The Cosmopolitan offers an all-day pass of $10 for Nevada residents and $15 for non-residents. Those who don’t have their own skates may rent them for $5.

The rink will be open from 3 to 11 p.m. weekdays and from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. on weekends. Holiday hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily from Dec. 24 to Jan. 4. Children must be at least 2 years old to enter, and those ages 16 and younger must be accompanied by an adult over 21.

The Cosmopolitan rink will also feature a full bar featuring warm cocktails and snacks, including s’mores. Special programming includes a date night on Mondays featuring holiday movie scenes on the Cosmopolitan’s 65-foot digital screen.

Wednesdays will have DJ-driven club music, while Thursdays feature retro skating to disco and other music of the 1970s, ‘80s and ‘90s. For those who want to hang out and not skate, admission is free. Special event rental and group packages are available via email.

The Venetian, meanwhile, includes skate rental in its admission charge of $9.95 for locals and members of its Grazie rewards program. General admission is $14.95. Children ages 7-12 are free with an adult Grazie member or Nevada resident.

Reservations must be made at the outdoor ticket booth.

The rink will be open from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily. Skaters must be at least 7 years old. There is a limit of three children per adult.

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