Sure, you can spend your holiday season ice skating at one of the many indoor rinks around Atlanta, but would it really fill you with holiday cheer?
Nothing beats the experience of feeling the crisp air surrounded by twinkling lights as you glide across an outdoor skating rink. Thankfully, Atlanta has a variety of ways to get the optimal outdoor ice skating experience.
Delight in one of the best open-air ice skating rinks in Atlanta this holiday season:
The Historic Marietta Square transforms into a truly enchanting Winter Wonderland, complete with a full ice rink at Glover Park. As if appearing from out of nowhere, this classic open-air ice rink opens on Nov. 17 to deliver magical moments for your family throughout the holiday season.
Open from Nov. 17, 2017 to Jan. 7, 2018.
4:30-9 p.m. Monday through Thursday
4:30-11 p.m. Friday
10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday
Noon to 8 p.m. Sunday
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Thanksgiving Day
2 - 6 p.m. Christmas Eve
2 - 9 p.m. Christmas Day
10 a.m. to late New Year's Eve
2 - 9 p.m. New Year's Day
$12 per person, includes skates.
SKATE Atlantic Station. Atlantic Station. 1380 Atlantic Drive, Atlanta. 404-410-4010. www.skateatlanticstation.com.
SKATE Atlantic Station, Atlanta's largest outdoor, open-air ice rink, opens its gate to the public for the 2017 season on Nov. 18. Surrounded by twinkling lights and glowing ambiance, this 10,000-square-foot rink really sets the tone for the holidays.
Opens Nov. 18, 2017.
4 - 10 p.m.Monday through Thursday
Noon to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Noon to 9 p.m. Sunday
Holiday hours: 3 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Pricing: $15 for adults, $12 for children ages 12 and under.
Ice Rink at Sugar Hill Courtesy of Ice Rink at Sugar Hill/For the AJC
Ice Rink at Sugar Hill. 5039 West Broad St., Sugar Hill. 770-554-7506. www.icerinkatsugarhill.com.
Experience an old-fashioned holiday tradition at the Ice Rink at Sugar Hill, located right behind Sugar Hill City Hall. This covered "real" ice rink does not allow speed skating, making it perfect for families with young children, and also offers rink amenities, like concessions, skating aids and more.
Open Nov. 10, 2017 to Feb. 4, 2018.
Hours vary, call for current information.
Pricing: $12 for adults, $10 for children, group discounts available.
Astor Rink at St. Regis Hotel. St. Regis Atlanta. 88 West Paces Ferry Road. 404-563-2799. www.stregisatlanta.com.
For a grand skating experience that really delivers, glide across the Astor Rink at St. Regis, which features a backdrop of holiday music, festive decor and a covered rink surrounded by glimmering lights. After skating, warm yourself with a cup of traditional hot cocoa and s'mores onsite.
Open Nov. 24, 2017 to Jan. 6, 2018.
Noon to 8 p.m. Thursday and Friday
10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday
9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Dec. 18-24
11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Christmas Day
Noon to 8 p.m. Dec. 26 to Jan. 6
Pricing: $30 per hour for adults, $18 per hour for children ages 13 and under, includes skate rental.
Avalon on Ice Courtesy of Experience Avalon/For the AJC
Avalon on Ice. 400 Avalon Blvd., Alpharetta. 770-765-1000, www.experienceavalon.com.
With a Rockefeller-inspired outdoor ice rink featuring a stunning display of lights, holiday decor and a visit from Santa Claus himself, Avalon on Ice takes the cake for creating a perfect holiday atmosphere. Visit on opening day, and you'll even get to see the Lighting of Avalon.
Open Nov. 19, 2017 to Jan. 21, 2018.
3 - 10 p.m. Monday through Friday
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Saturday
Noon to 7 p.m. Sunday
10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Nov. 20 and 24, Dec. 22 through Jan. 5
Pricing: $18 for adults, $14 for children ages 9 and under, group rates available, includes skate rental.
Ponce City Market Skate the Sky. 675 Ponce De Leon Ave. NE, Atlanta. 770-999-1530. www.skylineparkatlanta.com.
If you want to feel on top of the world while you ice skate, you'll want to experience Ponce City Market Skate the Sky, the newest ice skating addition in Atlanta. Perched up on the Rooftop Terrace, this unique rink is conveniently located right next to the Nine Mile Station beer garden and Skyline Park.
Open Nov. 20, 2017 to Feb. 14, 2018.
3- 10 p.m. Monday through Wednesday
3-11 p.m Thursday through Saturday; ages 21+ after 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays.
Noon to 9 p.m. Sunday
Pricing: $10 for adults, $7 for children for admission to The Roof, $15 for 50 minutes of ice skating.
Olde Town On Ice. Olde Town Pavilion. 949 South Main St., Conyers. 706-237-9796. www.icedays.com.
Located at Olde Town Pavillion in Conyers, this "real" ice rink features both covered and uncovered sections with views of the surrounding gardens. With full concessions, including hot cocoa, skating aids and other amenities, your family can truly enjoy an old-fashioned ice skating experience at this outdoor rink.
Open Nov. 10, 2017 to Feb. 25, 2018.
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday
Weekend hours vary.
Pricing: $10 for adults, $8 for children ages 7 and under, includes skate rental.
This article was written by Kelly Sundstrom, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.
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