The Mall of America just got a lot cooler with the announcement of a new 12,000-square-foot ice skating rink. “Skate the Star” will be open to the public Dec. 8 through Jan. 27.

Located at the North entrance of the mall, the oval rink will be built around the mall’s star sculpture using 18,000 gallons of water.

“An ice rink has been an experience we have always wanted to bring to life for our guests who visit Mall of America during this cherished time of year,” said Jill Renslow, senior vice president of business development at Mall of America. “We want our guests to experience the unexpected when they visit each year.”

Skate the Star will be free and open to the public during select mall hours. Guests can use their own skates or rent a pair for $5. One hundred percent of proceeds will go to the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities.

For more information about Skate the Star, including hours of operation and group rental opportunities, go to www.mallofamerica.com/skate.