Frankenmuth will soon be home to a new seasonal ice rink that will feature public skating from November 19 through mid-February.
This exciting new attraction is made possible because of dozens of businesses supporting the effort through fundraisers and sponsorships that have occurred over the last year. The most prominent location on the rink is the center ice partner, Huntington Bank. The secondary logo placement is being supported by Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth
“We are grateful for Huntington’s support of this new community amenity and look forward to seeing their logo at center ice in Zehnder Park,” said Jamie Furbush, president/CEO of the Frankenmuth Chamber of Commerce and Convention & Visitors Bureau.
The Frankenmuth Chamber and CVB are leading the effort to bring the rink to Frankenmuth as a pilot program to help add to the Christmas Experience and see what potential it could have to help support the ongoing sustainability of the Christmas Experience.
“It’s exciting to see an organization like Huntington take notice of what we are doing and want to be involved,” Furbush added.
Huntington Bank has a branch located in Frankenmuth and has been a member of the Chamber of Commerce since entering the market. Huntington is a Top 10 U.S. regional bank, with dual headquarters in Detroit and Columbus, Ohio and the most bank branches in Michigan and Ohio.
“Our purpose at Huntington is to look out for people, so we are proud to support the residents and businesses in Frankenmuth. Sponsoring the city’s new ice rink allows us to demonstrate our continued commitment to serving this great community,” said Seth Perigo, Great Lakes Bay regional president, Huntington Bank. “We look forward to the opening of this new ice rink, which will be a fun place for visitors to enjoy during the holidays and winter months.”
The rink will also feature more than two dozen advertisers on the dasher boards along the inside of the rink. Those advertisers combined with the two iconic brands one the ice, Huntington Bank and Zehnder’s of Frankenmuth, come together to make a bold statement about giving back to their community. The rink will be a beautiful addition to the Christmas Experience in Michigan’s Little Bavaria. It will be located in the heart of downtown Frankenmuth at Zehnder Park which is also home to the community’s life-sized nativity.
By Thanksgiving, the Visitor Center will offer Christmas Experience guides and a map for guests that will detail all the happenings and sights to see including the rink and the magical tree show that was new in 2020. The tree is being relocated to the drive between the Visitor Center and the Museum to make room in Zehnder Park for the rink.
For more information about the rink and other Christmas Experience activities, contact the Frankenmuth Visitor Center at 800-FUN-TOWN or visit online at Frankenmuth.org.