The 2015 Frog Pond Skating Season Begins

Posted December 2, 2015 by Brian Keaney in Downtown Boston
Frog Pond Skating.

As the mercury levels begin to drop after an unseasonably warm fall, Bostonians across the city are doing two things: preparing their space heaters for the first snowfall, and sharpening their skates.  The ice on Frog Pond has finally frozen over, and ice skating has returned to the Boston Common.

Tonight, however, amateur skaters and fans of the sport alike are invited to leave their skates at home and instead take in the 2015 Frog Pond Skating Spectacular.  The one hour show kicks off at 5:00, and features an array of world class skaters from around the nation and around the world.  Spectators will see members of the Skating Club of Boston and invited guests perform a variety of synchronized skating and Theatre On Ice productions.

Frog Pond is truly a gem in the Emerald Necklace, and viewers are guaranteed to see a performance worthy of the venue.  Those who miss the show can catch a repeat performance as part of First Night celebrations on New Year’s Eve. That show begins at 6:00.

The Skating Club of Boston

Based in Brighton with a satellite facility in Foxboro, the Skating Club of Boston is a community of families, athletes, and professionals all dedicated to the sport of ice skating.  With more than 700 members, the club offers an array of programs including public skating, public dance, beginner free skate, freestyle, and ice dance sessions. They also operate Frog Pond year round in a collaboration with the Boston Parks and Recreation Department.

The club, the third oldest in the country, is more than 100 years old, and runs the oldest running ice show in the world, the annual carnival Ice Chips.  With an eye towards the future, they are planning to build a brand new, three rink facility to train and delight the next generation of skaters.

Christmas Tree Lighting

For those who just can’t stay off the ice, the rink will reopen to the public at 6:30.  Everyone else is invited to walk across the Common to join Mayor Marty Walsh for the 74th lighting of the Official Boston Christmas Tree.

The two hour program begins at 6:00, and will be hosted by WCVB TV’s Anthony Everett and JC Monahan.  Moments before 8:00, all the lights in the park will light up in sequence as Mayor Walsh, Stephen McNeil, the Premier of Nova Scotia, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, and a special visitor from the North Pole flip the switch on the official tree.

The Boston Christmas Tree is a gift from the people of Nova Scotia to the people of Boston in recognition of the assistance Bostonians provided following the 1917 Halifax Explosion.  Early in the morning of December 6 an explosion severely damaged or destroyed much of the city.  Acting quickly, a relief train with supplies and medical personnel left Boston by 10 p.m. that evening.  More followed in the days and weeks to come.

Children in Nova Scotia study the history of the explosion in school, and learn of the assistance the people of Boston provided.  They are also on hand during the cutting and grand send off ceremonies before the tree leaves the maritime province. After it travels more than 750 miles, schoolchildren from Boston greet it on the Common. You can be there to join them as the holiday season downtown officially kicks off.