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Public Square to shine bright during Winterfest

CLEVELAND-- Public Square is beginning to look a lot like Christmas, and it will get a lot more festive during Winterfest on Saturday.

Crews were busy setting up a stage on Friday that will be the center of attention. It will be the first time in more than three years that Public Square will be able to celebrate the holidays.

It's also been a long time since there was ice skating on the square.

"It's been about 15, 16 years since we've had ice skating here in downtown and we're really excited," said Heather Holmes with the Downtown Cleveland Alliance.

The rink was the first part of Winterfest to open and it's already a hit. Skating will be free on Saturday. (More details on free skating and the rink's hours here)

"With 360,000 donated lights from GE, public square will be bright during the holiday. It is also highlighting what has become the city's fastest-growing neighborhood," Holmes said.

When the Public Square redesign began almost two years ago, the city wanted it to be an open space, but not just for daytime workers. It would be a park for folks who live in the city.

"We are truly a neighborhood. We have 15,000 residents right now and another 1,000-plus units coming on line next year. So this is a true neighborhood, where people live, work and play," Holmes said.

Events for Winterfest begin at 1 p.m. with food trucks, carriage rides and a pop-up shop in the square. The official tree-lighting ceremony is from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

For a complete schedule, including other happenings in downtown Cleveland, click here.