From November 22 to January 8, The River will be transforming a portion of their most popular water feature into a holiday ice skating rink.

The Rink at the River opened November 22 and will be open through January 8, 2017, with a grand Holiday Spectacular and tree lighting on November 29. Ice skating will be available daily under the desert's bright skies and every evening under the stars with local entertainment, including bands and DJs scheduled to provide holiday music to accompany most skating sessions.

The Holiday Spectacular and tree lighting at The River will include an ice-skating Santa, seasonal entertainment and special surprise guests.

The west portion of the water feature, adjacent to Cheesecake Factory and along the promenade that links to Babe's Bar-B-Que & Brewhouse Brewery, will become the ice rink. A skate rental shop will also open in a retail space along that walkway.

Envisioned by Coachella Valley's 104.3 Jimi "Fitz" Fitzgerald, who is also producing a fall music series for The River, The Rink at The River and the Holiday Spectacular are the very first seasonal events planned for the mid-valley shopping center on this scale.