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Stores open at midnight on Thanksgiving for an early start to "Black Friday" shopping specials

by Ariele Johannson

November 17, 2012 (Alpine) --Viejas Ice Rink formally opened its fifth season yesterday along with specific extended holiday hours at Viejas Outlet Center.

Now, when shopping, visitors are treated to views of excited skaters making their way around the cool, white ice rink, skating to the sounds of favorite Christmas melodies. Bedecked at one end with the traditional giant, decorated Christmas tree, the ice rink this year also has festive café lights. One of the decorative creeks nicely reflects the tree as you walk in from the east side of the Center.

The Ice Rink at Viejas Outlets will be open daily through Sunday, January 6, 2013. Schedules are available at the rink or call for weekday hours, as they vary. Saturday and Sunday hours are 12 p.m.-10 p.m.



Outdoor ice skating at wintertime is a tradition in colder climates. So for those who hail from those places, especially New York with memories of The Rink at Rockefeller Center with its towering Christmas tree, there is the nostalgia of Christmases past. For everyone here at the largest Southern California Ice Skating Rink, there is the pleasant experience of skating in jackets with fashionable scarves, hats, and gloves. Patrons who weren’t planning to skate or forgot their accessories need not worry. There is an outdoor vendor providing all necessities in various colors and styles. Refreshments are available, also.

Prices for a 90 minute session of skating, including skates rental, are only $10 for children (12 and under) and $12 for adults. Viejas Toy Drive is also  on now. Bring in a new, unwrapped toy to Shopper Services (located near the Ice Rink next to Candy Island) and receive a free $5 Viejas Outlets Gift Card, $3 off a session at the Viejas Ice Rink, and $2 off one bowling game. Yes, all three!

Regular shopping hours at the Center are Monday-Saturday from 10 a.m.-8 p.m. and Sundays from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. However, there are extended hours for “Shop to WIN” from 6 p.m.-Midnight on the following dates: Thursday, November 22 (Thanksgiving) and Friday, November 30. On Black Friday, November 23, shop to win during the hours of 9 a.m. and 9 p.m.

This promotional program offers shoppers-each of these extended hour days-one entry for every $100 spent at Viejas Outlet Stores for a chance to win one of twelve $1000 Shopping Sprees. Weekly drawings are held every Friday on these dates: November 16-23-30 and December 7-14-21. Shoppers must be 18 years old. Official rules and regulations are available at Viejas Outlets Shopper Services. Shoppers can also access the website for regular updates on sales and events at Their phone number is 619-659-2070.

Shopping at Viejas Outlets is a pleasant experience for shoppers with its ambience of fountains, landscaping, and the new Suites Preview for the upcoming Viejas Hotel. At the ice rink, whether you watch the ice skating, warm up and skate like a pro, or hug the wall, it’s a great winter adventure and one that enhances shopping and holiday experiences for everyone in the family.

Viejas Outlet Center is located off I-8 at Exit 36 (Willows Road) in Alpine, CA.

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