The long: The coolest thing to come to City Hall since air conditioning, Dilworth Park's petite pop-up public ice rink
returns, its cafe now a cabin and with a stable of sleds for 2016.
The short: Like last year, but better.
The demo: Mostly adults, mostly friendly. One or two might even coach your lil' wobbler on marching before gliding, and getting up after falling down. (Thank you, by the way.)
The guards: Also friendly, offer advice.
Lessons: Four-week, all-age Sunday morning sessions began a couple of days ago and cost $70. (Next session begins Jan. 3.)
Skate by sled: Magee Rehab's sponsoring eight sleek skating sleds for kids and adults. Free, by-reservation times begin Saturday mornings next year.
Thanksgiving Day: Have a post-parade warm-up, 1-6 p.m. (Hours change on other holidays, too.)
Santa Express: SEPTA decorates train and subway cars, delivers Mr. Claus and elves to the rink Friday.
Warm up: Rosa Blanca cafe now looks like a cabin and gets food from an attached truck. Have the cocoa.
Shop: White tents on other side of City Hall's west entrance contain a holiday market, open daily through Dec. 27. Former occupant, the Christmas Market, is a block away at LOVE Park.
The basics: Dilworth Park, City Hall, 1 S. 15th St. (at Market Street), noon-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, noon-11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday, 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, through Feb. 28, $5, $3 under 11, $9 skate rental, $3 locker rental 215-983-1291, ccdparks.org.
Lauren McCutcheon is a Daily News writer who overcame her fear of rental shoes to report this column.