Skate the Lake set to go at Evergreen Lake

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By Deb Hurley Brobst

The 13th annual Skate the Lake Winter Festival will run from 6 p.m. to midnight on New Year’s Eve, with all proceeds benefiting Drive Smart Evergreen/Conifer.

In addition to skating Thursday evening on Evergreen Lake, there will be food, dancing, bonfires, sleigh rides and music provided by Straykatz Production. Fireworks displays will start at 8 p.m. and at midnight.

All tickets are $20 and must be purchased in advance. Children 8 and under are free. Tickets are available at Boone Mountain Sports (formerly Paragon Sports), Da Kind Soups, Big O Tires Evergreen, Wulf Recreation Center, Hearthfire Books, Buchanan Recreation Center and Stems: A Flower Shop.

Skates available for rental will be limited, so it’s best to bring your own.

New this year is an old time hockey tournament that will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Thursday. Also, a touch-a-truck safety vehicle display will be available from the Evergreen Fire Department, Colorado State Patrol and Flight for Life.

An ice-sculpture playground featuring the work of Michael Campe of Colorado Ice Sculptures and Thomas Barlow of A Thomas Barlow Affair will be set up outside the Lake House.

Parking with shuttle service to the lake will be at the old Albertson’s parking lot, at Safeway and at the Hiwan Homestead Museum. No parking will be available at the Evergreen Lake House, Christ the King Catholic Church or the Lake Point Center, and drop-offs will not be allowed at the Lake House.

Drive Smart Evergreen/Conifer is a nonprofit that develops partnerships with area groups to educate, create awareness and improve attitudes concerning safe and courteous driving in the foothills.