Self-Walbrick: The Garden opening winter attraction soon

Something cool is coming to the Depot District.

 

In December, The Garden will transform into Winter Wonderland at The Garden, offering everything needed to have a fun-filled holiday season.

Owner Mark Martinez said the summer months were good for The Garden, which opened in July. To stay busy over the colder season, Martinez said they decided to try something new.

“It gets cold here,” Martinez said. “We figured we had to do something.”

Starting Dec. 1, The Garden will offer ice skating as its main attraction. The 50-by-35-feet rink will have synthetic ice. Martinez said the rink looks and skates on like real ice, but isn’t actually cold or wet. A father of two young kids, Martinez said it will be great for little ones and people who have never ice skated before.

With Lubbock’s unpredictable winter weather, he said this kind of rink will be much easier to maintain than real ice, and that ice rinks across the country are switching to this material.

“It’s the closest you’re going to get to actually being on real ice,” he said.

The Garden has ordered rentable ice skates with real blades in different sizes.

Martinez said the rink can accommodate 40 skaters at a time. As customers wait, Martinez said they can enjoy the other holiday-themed features.

He said he is in the process of scheduling carolers for certain days in the month, and will project Christmas movies for everyone to enjoy. On the weekends, customers will have the chance to take pictures with Santa. Patio heaters, fire pits and wool blankets will keep everyone warm while hanging out.

The refreshments at The Garden will change for the month, too. Martinez said warm drinks like hot chocolate and apple cider will be sold. The drinks can be “spiked” with alcohol for those of age. The food truck at The Garden, Hoagie Rollers, will serve comfort food throughout the month, like soups and grilled cheese sandwiches.

Martinez said he and his team have been planning Winter Wonderland at The Garden for months. He hopes this first year will be a success and create a new holiday tradition in Lubbock.

“I think everyone’s going to love it,” Martinez said.

Winter Wonderland at The Garden will run from Dec. 1-31. Times and prices for the attraction will be announced soon, and can be found on The Garden’s Facebook page.

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