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Falls River Square ice rink opens Saturday

By Gina Mace correspondent

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In this file photo, sisters Kendall (left), 6, and Reiley Gies, 8, of Stow, enjoy a seat atop a huge ice throne at the Frozen River Festival at the Falls River Square in Cuyahoga Falls. The Falls River Square ice rink will open Saturday. (Phil Masturzo/Akron Beacon Journal)

CUYAHOGA FALLS:  Fireworks will highlight the 2012 opening day celebration of the ice rink at Falls River Square.

The festivities will begin Saturday at noon with free skating until 9 p.m.  Skate rental is available for $3.

The Pavilion will become a holiday gift shop from noon to 6 p.m., and Santa will be in the house from 1 to 4 p.m. with a free gift for every child who visits him, courtesy of New Day Fellowship.

Holiday characters Frosty the Snowman, the Grinch, Rudolph and a Christmas tree will visit the rink. Carolers will sing and holiday music will play throughout the day.

Children can enjoy free train rides from 12:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.

The community tree lighting ceremony begins at 5:30 p.m. and Kent State University skaters will perform.

Fireworks will end the official celebration, although the rink will stay open until 9 p.m. The Bicentennial Torch will light the sky all day.

Visit the city's website at for hours, prices and other information.