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Winterfest Hartford Returns to Bushnell Park on November 23

Winterfest Hartford Returns to Bushnell Park on November 23

More activities for children this year on and off the rink.

(Hartford, Conn. November 20, 2018) The iQuilt Partnership today announced that the Winterfest rink in Bushnell Park will return this year offering the public free ice skating, free skate rentals and free learn to skate classes from November 23, 2018 to January 6, 2019.

For the second year in a row, United Bank will be the presenting sponsor of the event.

“We would not be able to bring this amazing family activity back to the capital city without the support of corporate partners like United Bank,” said Jim Carter, Chair of the iQuilt Partnership Board.

“United Bank is proud to be the presenting sponsor of Winterfest but it’s more about the collective generosity of iQuilt and so many other community and corporate partners – as well as our unified commitment to downtown Hartford’s success - that ensures this annual holiday tradition continues,” said William H.W. Crawford, IV, CEO and President of United Bank. “So, join us this holiday season for another memorable Winterfest in downtown Hartford and enjoy free ice skating right here in Bushnell Park.”

“Winterfest is one of the highlights of the season in our Capital City, making free, family-friendly winter activities available to thousands of families in Hartford and beyond," said Mayor Luke Bronin. "We should all be proud of the incredible grassroots support from individuals, local businesses, and foundations who came together again this year to make this wonderful holiday tradition possible.”

Winterfest sponsors to date include: United Bank Foundation, Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Gawlicki Family Foundation, Travelers, Eversource, Bissell Foundation, LAZ Parking, The Hartford, Comcast/NBC/Telemundo, Innovation Places (CT Next), Aetna, Hartford SteamBoiler/Munich Re, Bank of America, United Technologies Corporation, People’s United Bank, Roggi's Automotive, UnitedHealthcare, Robinson & Cole, Billy Peelle, Greater Hartford Arts Council, SINA, Small State Great Beer, Freed Marcroft, Reid & Riege, P.C., Bushnell Park Foundation, Lowes, Phoenix/NassauRE, Jim and Barbara Carter, BlumShapiro, JCJ Architecture, Peter Stevens, Salute, and Harvey and Lewis.

Other partners include Media Sponsor Comcast/NBC/Telmundo, the MetroHartford Alliance, the Hartford Business Improvement District, Business for Downtown Hartford, the City of Hartford, the Bushnell Park Foundation, Coursey & Co., and the New England Carousel Museum. The rink is constructed and operated by Champions Skating.

Highlights of this year’s schedule include:

The Bushnell Park ice rink will be open for free skating daily November 23 to January 6 from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., except for Christmas Eve, Christmas and New Year’s Day, when it will be open noon to 4 p.m.; and New Year’s Eve, when it will be open from 11 a.m. to midnight, to correspond with First Night festivities. Free learn-to-skate classes are offered on Saturdays in December from 10 a.m. – 11 a.m. In addition, Winterfest offers free photos with Santa Claus on Saturdays and Sundays in December from noon-3 p.m. at the Bushnell Park carousel.

The carousel will be open on Saturdays and Sundays of Winterfest from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. offering rides for $1.

A carol sing on November 27 on the steps of UConn Hartford on Prospect Street will feature a choral performance at 5 p.m., followed by community carols at 5:30 p.m.

For more information on Winterfest and an up-to-date schedule of events please visit the website

To donate go online at or mail a check to Winterfest Hartford, c/o The iQuilt Partnership, 31 Pratt Street, 5th Floor, Hartford, CT 06103.