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Free tree-lighting, free ice skating, free e-books, oh, my!

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Sure, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah overlapping was a fun event. But, now we have another one! Christmas is coming - and so are the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

To get ready for both, head on over to Riverbank State Park on 145th Street and Riverside Drive in Manhattan (read about their wonderful selection of low-cost children's enrichment classes, here) on Saturday, December 14 at 4pm for their annual FREE Holiday Ice Show and Tree Lighting.

Expect festive music. Expect hot cocoa. Expect performances by Figure Skating in Harlem (watch a video about their battle for more ice time, above), the Skyliners and, at the top of the bill, The Ice Theatre of NY, America's premiere ice-dance company.

Nothing gets you in the holiday and Winter Olympic mood faster than watching world-class figure skaters strut their stuff - for FREE!

Read more about where you can get your skate on in NYC, here.

And if you can't make it out to Riverbank this weekend, try Ice Theatre of NY in book form.

The Figure Skating Mystery series of novels, originally published by Berkley Prime Crime, is now available as enhanced ebooks, which means you get every word of the stories that Romantic Times Magazine called "a must-read for cozy mystery fans with a fascination for figure skating" PLUS video by the stars of ITNY performing the routines described.

Not sure how that would work exactly? Get a FREE sample of the first title, Murder on Ice, here!

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