Friday, November 15, 2013

American Tobacco Holiday Ice Rink Opens Today

Entrepreneurs turning double axles, rival companies besting each other’s Besti squats and thousands enjoying icy fun are just some of the possibilities in Durham at American Tobacco’s newest can’t-miss attraction: The Ice Factory.

American Tobacco and the Carolina Hurricanes will launch the seasonal ice skating rink on Nov. 15 by transforming the historic campus’ new basketball arena The Cage. Dates, hours and other information below.

“The Canes know the importance of a good teammate and we are happy to partner with American Tobacco to bring the Ice Factory to the center of Durham’s holiday celebration,” says Doug Warf, vice president of marketing, Carolina Hurricanes.  

The new ice rink complements American Tobacco’s already popular holiday celebration including the Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge, Trosa Tree Lot, holiday train rides through Diamond View Park and American Tobacco’s annual Tower Lighting sponsored by University Ford & Kia.

“Each holiday season, our goal is to welcome as many people as possible to American Tobacco,” says Michael Goodmon, vice president of real estate, Capitol Broadcasting Company. “This year we’re expecting tens of thousands of guests to come to the campus for ice skating, singing, dancing, celebrating, community, philanthropy, theater and so much more as we kick off the campus’ 10th anniversary celebration in 2014.”

Below is a timeline of some holiday-oriented events at the American Tobacco Historic District:

The Ice Factory at The Cage - November 16 - January 30

  • Tuesday-Thursday: 4-9 pm
  • Friday: 4-11 pm
  • Saturday: 11 am – 11 pm
  • Sunday: Noon-5 pm
  • Closed Mondays
  • Closed Christmas Day
  • $10.00 per person/per session
Triangle Christmas Tree Challenge and American Tobacco Tower Lighting Schedule - Friday, December 6

  • Tower Lighting Program: 6-7 pm
  • Triangle Tree Challenge Lights and Voting Begins: 7-8 pm
    • Voting for Trees continues through December 20
    • Trees on Display through January 3
Special FREE Kids Programming @ The Trosa Tree Lot

  • Saturday, November 30: 1-3 pm
    • Ride the Train through Diamond View Park
  • Saturday, December 7: 1-3 pm
    • Ride the Train through Diamond View Park
    • Make a Holiday craft with the Scrap Exchange
  • Saturday, December 14: 1-3 pm
    • Ride the Train through Diamond View Park
    • Make a Holiday craft with the Scrap Exchange
Learn about more great things to do in Durham with the Durham Event Calendar.


  1. why so expensive? $10 feels twice as much as what I would consider reasonable! :(

  2. I hope you are enjoying your summer! So many things are happening around here that I haven't had the chance to let you know what has been going on. Tobacco Road Tours I am
    thankful to you for your continued support and I hope to see you at one of
    these events.and i would like to offer everyone that use their services,i think they are providing one of the bonefied services.