Ah, December in Minneapolis! Sub-zero temperatures, a foot and half of snow on the ground- yes., it's definitely time to go out and play!
This is the lake in my neighborhood. They're clearing snow off the surface. After these little bulldozers are done another truck comes along and sprays water on the cleared ice, to make a smooth glassy surface for the skaters. [DIH is hoping to leave the impression she lives in one of those mansions in the background.]
Pictured at the top are the classy facilities thoughtfully provided by the city for said skaters. Hey, it takes a lot of hot chocolate to stay out there.