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Christmas on Ice: How it Works

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Organizers say it's not as difficult as it may seem to put an ice rink in the Magnolia State, but there is an exact science to it all. Organizers say it's not as difficult as it may seem to put an ice rink in the Magnolia State, but there is an exact science to it all.

Mississippians usually only dream of a winter wonderland at Christmas, but this year they can get a shot of what it's like to hit the ice.

"We've been very pleasantly surprised at how good all of the Mississippians are skating. I'll just be honest," laughed organizer Chris Link.

Organizers say it's not as difficult as it may seem to put an ice rink in the Magnolia State, but there is an exact science to it all.

"You lay out these plastic pipes and you put a bunch of glycol, 1,800 gallons of glycol through that, which is a substance kind of like a freon, and that goes into the floor system at zero degrees. And hopefully it comes back out at about five or six, no more than that. Spray some water on there and boom...you have ice," explained organizer Steve Hutton.

As skaters have experienced, the slick stuff is all real. No synthetic ice. But the closer to freezing the temperatures get, the easier it is to maintain.

"[We] went out and sprayed half the rink, turned around, sprayed the other half, looked back at the first half and it was already frozen," Hutton commented about Monday night as a cold front moved into the region.

Careful preparations also go towards keeping the ice slide ready to roll for kids of all ages. While you may not be attempting a triple axle, there's steps you should take to make your skating a success.

Many are holding onto the railing, which makes the flow of skaters stop at times. One other tip from organizers is to make sure and wear your gloves because not only is that ice cold, but if you happen to fall the gloves can also help protect your hands from any of those skates that happen to be going by.

A crew of around 50 people work around the clock to keep the ice just right. Christmas on Ice will run through Jan. 6 and is located off of Baptist Drive in Madison.

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