We're so close to the Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic that you can almost feel those body checks rattling the boards. To help the time pass faster, the St. Louis Blues and the CityArchRiver Foundation have joined forces to present Winterfest at the Arch, the centerpiece of which is an outdoor ice rink in Luther Ely Smith Square (North Fourth and Market streets; www.archwinterfest.com). It uses synthetic ice in case of inclement weather, but it feels just like ice under your skates. The rink opens with an all-day celebration from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, December 27, that includes current Blues players, autograph signings and skating, of course. Blues alumni show up around 5 p.m., and there will be a drawing for Winter Classic Alumni game tickets. The rink is open daily from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m (December 27 to January 8) for regular skating. Skate rental is $7 to $12.
Price: skate rental is $7-$12