By Hadas Kuznits

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – The holiday season has kicked off in Philadelphia, as hundreds flocked to Dilworth Park for the first weekend of ice skating at City Hall.

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Skaters took advantage of the brand new Rothman Institute Ice Rink on the west side of City Hall Saturday and tell KYW Newsradio it was a blast:

“I think it’s awesome, actually! It’s a nice place for families and people to hang out and it’s been a lot of fun, really.”

“I just like that it’s in the middle of the city. It just gives you that nice, winter atmosphere.”

“This is my second time — I’m getting better and better.  I think I’m going to try out for the Olympics.”

This young man tells KYW Newsradio the ice rink is the perfect date spot:

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“Yeah, it’s going well, date #5!”

(Reporter) “Nice! Fun, a little excitement?”

“Yeah, you know do something to change it up.”

And folks say the location couldn’t be better:

“City Hall’s gorgeous. You’re just around all of these huge, gorgeous buildings.  It’s amazing, yeah, it’s perfect.”

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