BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) – With the holidays nearly here, many families are looking for different ways to spend time together, while others are keeping annual traditions alive.

At the Raising Cane’s River Center in downtown Baton Rouge, there’s a familiar scene this holiday season.

Now in its 30th year, Ice Skating on the River runs nearly every night through January 3rd.

The Freeman family came out to celebrate their birthday boy, 10-year Brandon.

“It’s so nice because everybody gets to come with me,” Brandon said. “We’re gonna have a good time with each other and eat and stuff.”

Mom Katrina Freeman added, “I expect a lot of fall downs, but not hurting their butts too much. But a lot of fun, family fun.”

The Hebron family has a resident ice skating pro in 6-year old Austin James, back to partake in their yearly tradition.

“I just feel like I’m good, and I am good at it,” Austin James said.

Dad Brandon Hebron added, “Coming out enjoy hanging out with him, in Baton Rouge to have an ice skating rink is absolutely phenomenal. He’s had a great week, so just trying to reward him with fun things to do.”

Even with COVID mitigation measures in place, many agree some fun on the ice provides a much-needed sense of normalcy.

“You don’t have a lot of people out here, so it’s pretty cool for the family,” Freeman said.

Mom Heather Hebron added, “Yes, he definitely needs it. Normal. Normal!”

You can purchase tickets to Ice Skating on the River HERE.