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An ice rink is coming to the Mall of America for the holidays

The rink will be free to the public, with proceeds from skate rentals donated.

A new feature is coming to the Mall of America in time for the holidays: a custom-built ice rink.

Placed near the megamall's North Entrance, the 12,000-square-foot oval rink will open on Dec. 8 and will be free to the public, while proceeds from skate rentals will go to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities (BGCTC). 

In a press release, the MOA's SVP of business development Jill Renslow said an ice rink is "an experience we have always wanted to bring to life" at the Bloomington mall.

"We want our guests to experience the unexpected when they visit each year," she said. "That is why adding this ice rink is such an exciting addition to our holiday line-up."

The attraction is being called "Skate The Star" as it's located around the North Entrance star sculpture.

Visitors are able to bring their own skates to use, while skate rentals will cost $5.

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The money raised from skate rentals will support the work of the BGCTC, which provides activities and support for more than 9,000 young people in the Twin Cities. 

The rink will operate until Sunday, Jan. 27, and between Dec. 8-23 it will be open from 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-to-Friday, 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Saturdays and 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sundays.

The hours will change from Christmas Eve onwards.

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