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Galway Downs Opens Ice Skating Rink and Christmas Festival to Celebrate the Holiday Season

Monday, October 21, 2019 7:00 AM

The Temecula IceFEST at Galway Downs, a new and local family-run holiday festival, will provide fun and joy to Southern California families eager for a new way to celebrate the season. The event – complete with ice skating, community events, live music, food and beverage – is nestled in Temecula Wine Country at the legendary Galway Downs equestrian property. This all-in-one winter festival promises to be the perfect setting for building lifelong family traditions, fostering friendships, and making memories to last forever. The local Tompot and Smith families behind the project hope to spread the Christmas spirit throughout Temecula’s fun, family community in an all-new way.

“We had such an amazing time connecting with our community during our previous Christmas festival that even through all of our ups and downs, we always knew we’d find a way to come back.” says co-owner and operator Ronny Tompot. “We love our home town of Temecula, and we see the IceFEST as a way to build our own family traditions and grow deep roots within our remarkable community. The joy on the kids’ faces makes it worth all of the hard work that goes into a production of this caliber. From the school fundraisers and Girl Scout patch program, to the Holiday Bazaar and community stage, we feel that everyone from our community can enjoy and benefit from the IceFEST in their own way.”

Beyond the 7200-square-foot rink at the center of the action, holiday revelers can expect to see performances by local artists and choirs, hay rides, movie nights, a craft fair, open-air ice skating under the stars, and photos with Santa. The festival is also offering fundraising opportunities for local schools and partnering with local charitable organizations.

The Temecula IceFEST will provide Temecula’s largest ice rink and full family festival for six weeks. They will kick off the 2019-2020 holiday season on November 22nd at 4pm with ice skating and food available from Handler Hospitality. The New Year’s Eve party will provide a family-friendly countdown at 9pm, and an adults-only midnight celebration.

Parking and admission to the Temecula IceFEST are free. Ice skating admission is $17, and skate rental is included. Children 3 and under are free with paid adult admission. Skate-aids will be available free of charge. The Temecula IceFEST at Galway Downs will be open daily November 22, 2019 to January 6, 2020. Hours will vary by day, with limited hours on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, and subject to change due to weather. They will be supporting local charities and volunteer and sponsorship opportunities are available.  

About Temecula IceFEST at Galway Downs

Temecula IceFEST at Galway Downs is an all-new holiday festival coming this Christmas season to Temecula, CA. The brainchild of two local Temecula families, Temecula IceFEST will provide an all-in-one family Holiday festival experience in one beautiful and spacious setting. Details and calendar updates are at and Instagram @temeculaicefest Phone: (951) 595-2145

About Galway Downs

Opened in 1968 as the Rancho California Track and Training Center, this expansive property spans 242 acres and a lifelong legacy of Equestrian excellence.