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Cool fun down at the farm thru Sunday
Families skate together on the ice. - photo by HIME ROMERO

LATHROP - Steady crowds are heading to Mt. Dell’Osso for snow tubing and ice skating this winter break.

They are doing so without worrying about putting on show chains or driving on icy roads.

The snow tubing hill and the ice skating rink are part of Holidays on the Farms that is open through Sunday, Jan. 2, at Dell’osso Farms at Interstate 5 and Manthey Road.

The 60- by 120-foot skating rink with 4 inches of ice kept cold by tubes filled with glycerin that freezes at 62.6 degrees is open daily at 10 a.m. Just a snowball’s throw away is the Mt. Dell’Osso tubing hill that is covered with accumulation of artificial snow. Tubing starts daily at 11 a.m.

There are 450 pairs of skates in sizes for men, women, and children.

The ice rink will have a set charge of $12 for skating and the use of skates on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, for those 8 and older, and $10 for those 7 and under. The Monday through Thursday rates are $2 less for each category. Those who have their own skates are being charged $2 less than the stated rates. There is no time limit.

Ninety-minute snow tubing sessions are $16.50 for online purchases and $17.50 for walk-ups. The snow play area is free although conditions may vary. Both the snow tubing hill and play areas are both covered for protection from the elements.

The Lights on the Farm starts every night at 5:15 p.m. Other attractions that will be in operation include the zip line, the aerial rope course, and the 240 lighted displays and 200-footlong lighted tunnel that makes up Lights on the Farm.

You can take your car through Lights on the Farm Fridays and Saturdays for $12 or Sunday through Thursday for $10. You can also see the lights using an open air tram or hayride for $5 per person. The Dell’Osso Express train ride that takes riders along the lights is $3 per person.

There is no charge just to drop by and enjoy watching tubers or skaters. You can even warm yourself around a gigantic fire pit outside the general store.

Go on-line at for more information.