We recently sat down with John Keane from Mullingar Chamber of Commerce to find out more about the launch of Winterfest Mullingar and the details of Mullingar’s first-ever ice-skating rink that will be opening on November 23rd in the Town Park.
What has the reaction been to the launch of Winterfest?
I’m delighted to say that the reaction has been overwhelmingly positive. We had a great day at the launch and I’d like to once again extend my thanks to all who participated. Since then, we have seen a massive interest in ice-skating tickets and local businesses have been asking how they can get involved with Winterfest. At the moment it seems that we will have the only ice-skating rink in the midlands so it’s a great alternative for families who don’t want the hassle & costs of travelling to Dublin.
How can local businesses get involved with Winterfest?
There are a number of sponsorship opportunities available for local businesses that will guarantee them huge exposure over the vital Christmas retail period. If any business owners want to find out more they can contact firstname.lastname@example.org. We were delighted to have the Annebrook House Hotel involved with our recent competition in the Westmeath Examiner and we hope other businesses will support Winterfest, as ultimately they will benefit from the people we attract to the town. The more we can attract, the more that local businesses will benefit. We also have a hot food vendor opportunity available for six weeks at prime position alongside the ice-skating rink.
Is there anything else planned for Winterfest Mullingar apart from ice-skating?
Yes. Mullingar Christmas Market is back again for it’s 5th year and will be taking place from December 6-9th. With fine food & drink as well as many great children’s attractions all weekend long, this has fast become the “must attend” event in the Midlands at Christmas time and we’re hoping that the ice-skating rink will attract even more people to the town.
How can you buy ice-skating tickets?
Ice-skating tickets are currently on sale on www.iceskating.ie and there are a limited amount of early bird tickets remaining.
Can you just turn up to the ice-skating rink and pay?
Yes, you can buy tickets at the box office but this will be the most expensive option and you also could be disappointed if the session is full. The best thing to do is to book online and secure the best value early bird tickets.
What price are the tickets?
There are a limited number of early-bird tickets available at only €9. These are only available on www.iceskating.ie. Prices will then increase to €14 online and €17 at the box office at peak times.
How many early bird tickets are available?
There are only 20 early bird tickets per session. Many sessions have already sold out of early bird tickets so if you want to go ice-skating at a particular date and time you need to book as soon as possible to get the best value.
What is the best deal for families?
The early bird tickets are the best deal for families. Once the early bird tickets have sold out for a particular session families will benefit from a discounted price but this is more expensive than the early bird tickets.
Is the ice-skating rink kid friendly?
Yes, absolutely. There is a kids skating rink to make sure the smaller children have a safe place to skate! There are also penguin skating aids to help kids and beginners keep their balance.
What is the best deal for groups eg. Christmas parties?
The best deal at the moment for everyone is the early bird tickets. However, because many of these have sold out already, groups over 15 people eg. transition year students, school tours, work parties etc. can contact the sales team on 044 925 2044 to book directly at a reduced rate.
Who should go ice-skating this year?
EVERYONE! It’s not often that Mullingar has something as extraordinary as an ice-skating rink in the Town Park so it’s crucial that the people of Mullingar support it, tell everyone about it and join in on the fun. It would seriously dent the confidence of any future event organizers to choose Mullingar as a destination if the ice-skating rink is not a success. Of course it will make for a great day out with friends, family and work colleagues!