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EVENTS

NOVEMBER

11/14/2014
Ice Skating

The Lock 3 ice rink opens Thursday, November 14, 2014 through Presidents Day, February 16, 2015. Admission to the ice rink is free to everyone. Skates can be rented for $3. Skate rental closes ½ hour before rink closes. The rink will be attended Wednesdays - Sundays in December and Thursdays - Sundays in January and February. At other times, during daylight hours, skaters may use the rink at their own risk.Click on the Ice Skating tab for hours of operation.

11/28/2014
Holiday Lighting Ceremony

Friday, November 28, 2014 7:00 p.m.

On Friday November 28th at 7 p.m. the City of Akron and Downtown Akron Partnership will light up the night sky over Lock 3. The half hour program will feature Akron's own Jasmine Moore and United Ice; and end with the lighting of spectacular displays throughout Lock 3 and a must see pyrotechnics show. It is also tradition for guests to stay after the show and ice skate into the night.

 

Countdown to First Night®

November 28-December 31

A celebration in diversity and the largest community visual arts display in Northeast Ohio is Lock 3's "Countdown to First Night," featuring 40, hand-painted banners from schools, churches, community centers, ethnic organizations and civic groups - each one illustrating an expression of the winter holiday season. Lock 3 unveils a new banner on the State Street Parking Deck façade each evening, between Nov. 26 and First Night.

The Magical Train

November 28 - December 31

Ride the trackless train around Lock 3 and see the lights, cottages and ice rink. The Magical Train is designed for both adults and children. Fare is $3.


Wed & Thurs 5 p.m. - 9 p.m.,
Fri. & Sat. 12 p.m. - 9 p.m., Sun 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

www.magical-train.com

The Holiday Market at Lock 3

November 28 - December 31

The Holiday Market at Lock 3, sponsored by Downtown Akron Partnership features the return of Mario Hausdorfer, a glassblower from the Erzgeberge (AIRTS guh bair guh) Mountains who is well-known to Lock 3 visitors who have enjoyed his hand-blown German ornaments since 2004. Local vendors include Highland Baking Co., Homemade Delites, Kre8ivLizard/Hailoy Graphics, The Lit Wick Candle Company, Nom Nom Popcorn Co., Old German Christmas, Tindercraft, NOTO Boutique and Yellow Bugg. The market is open November 29 - December 31 on Fridays 4 p.m. - 9 p.m., Saturdays 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. and Sundays 12 p.m. - 6 p.m.

The Akron History Exhibit & American Toy and Marble Museum

November 28 - February 16


Visitors can celebrate Akron's industrial history from canal boat building to cereal manufacturing, from rubber and tires to Lighter-than-Air and engage Akron's whimsical past at the Akron Toy Marble Museum . Lock 3 was where the American Toy Marble & Toy Manufacturing Co made marbles in the 19th century.


Hours:
Wednesday and Thursday 5pm-9pm
Fridays and Saturdays, Noon-9pm
Sundays, Noon-6pm

Lock 3 Food and Beverages

Open throughout the Lock 3 season, the concessions at Lock 3 will warm up skating and sledding enthusiasts with chillis, soups, hot dishes and hot chocolate, as well as a large variety of other food and drinks.

Reindeer Run

November 28-February 16

Reindeer Run is a 150 foot, all-season polymer coated slide designed to provide a fun ride for children 14 and under. Adults may accompany smaller children on the slide. Only sleds provided by Lock 3 may be used and are rented for $3 for 30 minutes. The number of sleds available each half-hour will be limited to ensure maximum fun.
Reindeer Run Hours

November
Friday, November 28 6pm-9pm
Saturday, November 29 1pm-4pm/6pm-9pm
Sunday, November 30 1pm-4pm

December
Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays: 6pm-9pm
Saturdays: 1pm-4pm/6pm-9pm
Sundays: 1pm-4pm

Special Hours:
December 22-23: 1pm-4pm/6pm-9pm
December 24: 1pm-4pm
CLOSED CHRISTMAS
December 29-31: 1pm-4pm/6pm-9pm

January and February
Wednesdays and Thursdays: CLOSED
Fridays: 6pm-9pm
Saturdays: 1pm-4pm/6pm-9pm
Sundays: 1pm-4pm

Special Hours:
January 2: 1pm-4pm/6pm-9pm
January 19: 1pm-4pm
February 16: 1pm-4pm
Last day of Reindeer Run is February 16th.

 

Polar Putt-Putt

November 28-February 16

Visit Lock 3's newest addition to our winter line-up. 9 holes of indoor putt-putt golf that winds through the famous classic department store animated window displays that Akronites remember from the 1960's through the 1980's including The 3 Little Pigs, Peter Pan, Raggedy Ann and more. Fun for all ages. $3 for 9 holes.

11/29/2014
Welcome Santa Parade

Saturday, November 29: Welcome Santa Parade, 11:00am. Main Street.

Downtown Akron's Main Street will turn into a winter wonderland with over 100 parade units including costumed characters, floats, musical ensembles, marching bands, and Santa!  Emcees Tim Daugherty from 97.5 WONE and Sue Wilson from 94.9 WQMX will lead the parade.

This year Bridgestone Americas is the proud sponsor of the Santa float.  Bridgestone Americas will be bringing Santa to the children of Akron in style in an Indycar.  Santa will be accompanied by his pit crew of Bridgestone employees and their children. 

Awards ceremony will take place inside Lock 3 immediately following the parade.

The parade is sponsored by the City of Akron, Bridgestone Americas, and local radio stations WAKR, WONE, and WQMX.

 

 

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DECEMBER

12/6/2014
Breakfast with Santa at Lock 3

December 6, 2014 9:00 a.m.

Guests are invited to enjoy breakfast with Santa on December 6, 13, 20 and 21 from - 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Tickets are $10 and available by calling Lock 3 at 330-375-2877, or by e-mailing lock3@akronohio.gov or in person during regular rink hours of operation. Walk-up tickets available on a first come, first serve basis. Breakfast includes a pancake breakfast bar, a visit with Santa, a ride on the Magical Train and your choice of a skate rental, Reindeer Run voucher, or Polar Putt Putt voucher. Plenty of photo opportunities. Bring your own camera.  Start time for this event has been moved from 9:30am to 9am.

12/13/2014
Breakfast with Santa at Lock 3

December 13, 2014 9:00 a.m.

Guests are invited to enjoy breakfast with Santa on December 6, 13, 20 and 21 from - 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Tickets are $10 and available by calling Lock 3 at 330-375-2877, or by e-mailing lock3@akronohio.gov or in person during regular rink hours of operation. Walk-up tickets available on a first come, first serve basis. Breakfast includes a pancake breakfast bar, a visit with Santa, a ride on the Magical Train and your choice of a skate rental, Reindeer Run voucher, or Polar Putt Putt voucher. Plenty of photo opportunities. Bring your own camera.  Start time for this event has been moved from 9:30am to 9am.

12/20/2014
Breakfast with Santa at Lock 3

December 20, 2014 9:00 a.m.

Guests are invited to enjoy breakfast with Santa on December 6, 13, 20 and 21 from - 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Tickets are $10 and available by calling Lock 3 at 330-375-2877, or by e-mailing lock3@akronohio.gov or in person during regular rink hours of operation. Walk-up tickets available on a first come, first serve basis. Breakfast includes a pancake breakfast bar, a visit with Santa, a ride on the Magical Train and your choice of a skate rental, Reindeer Run voucher, or Polar Putt Putt voucher. Plenty of photo opportunities. Bring your own camera.  Start time for this event has been moved from 9:30am to 9am.

12/21/2014
Breakfast with Santa at Lock 3

December 21, 2014 9:00 a.m.

Guests are invited to enjoy breakfast with Santa on December 6, 13, 20 and 21 from - 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Tickets are $10 and available by calling Lock 3 at 330-375-2877, or by e-mailing lock3@akronohio.gov or in person during regular rink hours of operation. Walk-up tickets available on a first come, first serve basis. Breakfast includes a pancake breakfast bar, a visit with Santa, a ride on the Magical Train and your choice of a skate rental, Reindeer Run voucher, or Polar Putt Putt voucher. Plenty of photo opportunities. Bring your own camera.  Start time for this event has been moved from 9:30am to 9am.

12/27/2014
Pancake Breakfasts

December 27, 2014 9:00 a.m.

Warm up from the frigid temperature with hot pancakes, sausage, orange juice, hot chocolate and coffee every Saturday from December 27 - February 14 from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Cost is $5 and benefits local charities.

 

12/31/2014
First Night

 

December 31, 2014 6:00 p.m.

Enjoy New Year's Eve ice skating and fireworks at Lock 3. 

Kids Fireworks show 9:00 p.m.

Countdown to Midnight Fireworks Show 11:45 p.m.

www.firstnightakron.org

 

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JANUARY

1/3/2015
Pancake Breakfasts

January 3, 2015 9:00 a.m.

Warm up from the frigid temperature with hot pancakes, sausage, orange juice, hot chocolate and coffee every Saturday from December 27 - February 14 from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Cost is $5 and benefits local charities.

 

1/10/2015
Pancake Breakfasts

January 10, 2015 9:00 a.m.

Warm up from the frigid temperature with hot pancakes, sausage, orange juice, hot chocolate and coffee every Saturday from December 27 - February 14 from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Cost is $5 and benefits local charities.

 

1/16/2015
Annual Firefighters Chili Challenge

January 16-17

Friday: 11a.m. - Until chili runs out
Akron Police and Fire Departments compete
against 4 others for the honor of Best Chili.


Saturday: 11a.m. - 8 p.m.
The winning chili from Friday's competition will compete
against Whitey's Chili. Come down to Lock 3 and place
your vote! All proceeds benefit Akron Childrens Burn Unit.

1/17/2015
Pancake Breakfasts

January 17, 2015 9:00 a.m.

Warm up from the frigid temperature with hot pancakes, sausage, orange juice, hot chocolate and coffee every Saturday from December 27 - February 14 from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Cost is $5 and benefits local charities.

 

1/19/2015
School's Out

January 19, 201

Enjoy your day off school!  $1 off skate rental from 11am-6pm.

1/24/2015
Pancake Breakfasts

January 24, 2015 9:00 a.m.

Warm up from the frigid temperature with hot pancakes, sausage, orange juice, hot chocolate and coffee every Saturday from December 27 - February 14 from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Cost is $5 and benefits local charities.

 

1/31/2015
Pancake Breakfasts

January 31, 2015 9:00 a.m.

Warm up from the frigid temperature with hot pancakes, sausage, orange juice, hot chocolate and coffee every Saturday from December 27 - February 14 from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Cost is $5 and benefits local charities.

 

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FEBRUARY

2/7/2015
Pancake Breakfasts

February 7, 2015 9:00 a.m.

Warm up from the frigid temperature with hot pancakes, sausage, orange juice, hot chocolate and coffee every Saturday from December 27 - February 14 from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Cost is $5 and benefits local charities.

 

2/14/2015
Pancake Breakfasts

February 14, 2015 9:00 a.m.

Warm up from the frigid temperature with hot pancakes, sausage, orange juice, hot chocolate and coffee every Saturday from December 27 - February 14 from 9 a.m. - 11 a.m. Cost is $5 and benefits local charities.

 

2/16/2015
School's Out

February 16, 2013

Enjoy your day off school!  $1 off skate rentals from 11am-6pm.

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