Mark your calendars, El Paso. Winterfest, "the coolest Fest in the Southwest" is back and that means a major snowstorm of fun in Downtown El Paso.

The area around the Plaza Theatre has once again been transformed into a Winter Wonderland of lights and seasonal activities that includes an open air ice skating rink as the focal point of the holiday celebration.

The rink, located next to the Plaza Theatre, will be open 7 days a week beginning Sunday, November 18 through Sunday January 6.

Adding to the holiday festiveness will be Instagrammable decorations like a 25-foot Christmas tree and a life-size snow globe you can pose inside.

Other attractions include a Winter Market full of vendors, the Holiday Cafe where you can sit down and enjoy snacks and hot beverages, and the WinterFest Express, which lets you experience the all-new Paseo de las Luces for free.

So if you're ready to welcome the holidays with open arms, and glide, slide and twirl the Christmas season away, here's what you need to know before you go.

What

Winterfest Outdoor Ice Skating Rink

Where

Arts Festival Plaza between the El Paso Museum of Art and the Plaza Theatre

When

Nov. 18 through Jan. 6

Cost

$8 6 years and older
$7 Military, teachers, first reponders
$5 for 5 & Under

Includes skate rentals

Skate Sessions

Skate Sessions are 50 minutes long and start on the hour. When you buy your skate pass, you buy into that one particular 50 minute session only.

Sessions can be purchased in advance online, or in person at the box office booth outside the Arts Festival Plaza.

Promotions and Events

Daily promotions include Military Mondays, and Fiesta Fridays, plus weekly events like a Princess Party on Thursdays and Stories with Mrs. Claus on Sundays. See schedule HERE.