10 Places to Ice Skate in Metro Phoenix for the Holidays

Check out 10 places to ice skate in metro Phoenix during the holidays.EXPAND
Check out 10 places to ice skate in metro Phoenix during the holidays.
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The holiday season brings to mind a number of festive activities: singing Christmas carols, shopping for gifts, and busting out a perfect catch-foot camel spin on a frosty ice skating rink.

Whether you’re semi-pro or just need a good place to become one with your ice skates, here are 10 rinks – some temporary, some permanent businesses – across metro Phoenix to hit during the holidays. See you on the ice.

AZ Ice Arcadia
The Arcadia ice skating rink is open for public skating of all skill levels (and they hold freestyle sessions for figure skaters) at 3853 East Thomas Road, and even offers private ice skating lessons. Public skating sessions are usually offered on a daily basis, in the morning, midday, and evening – but it’s best to check the online schedule. There are even two public skating sessions scheduled for Christmas Day. There’s also the Ice House Tavern at the east end of the building with a Plexiglas window-view of the rink if you’d rather people-watch than skate. Adult admission is $5.50, and skate rental is $2.50. See the AZ Ice Arcadia website or call 602-957-9966.

AZ Ice Gilbert
AZ Ice Gilbert is a sizable rink at 2305 East Knox Road with open skate happening daily in the North Pole and South Pole sections during December. Several programs are offered, like Learn to Skate classes and the U.S. Figure Skating Basic Skills program. Holiday public skate hours are 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on December 24, and 5 to 9 p.m. on Christmas Day. AZ Ice Gilbert is also hosting Santa’s Animation Celebration, an annual holiday show on December 9 and 10, and the Holiday Recital 2016 on December 16. The on-site M’s Grille offers pizza, sandwiches, salads, and snacks, plus beer on draft, wine, and specialty cocktails. Visit the AZ Ice Gilbert website or call 480-503-7080.

Visit AZ Ice Peoria, home of the AZ Ice Skating Academy.EXPAND
Visit AZ Ice Peoria, home of the AZ Ice Skating Academy.
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AZ Ice Peoria
Neighboring the Peoria Sports Complex at 15829 North 83rd Avenue, AZ Ice Peoria offers public skating sessions in the morning and early afternoon – including on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – with extended evening hours on Wednesday and Friday nights. For rising figure-skating stars, multiple one-hour freestyle sessions are held daily. AZ Ice Peoria hosts private parties and offers snacks, meals, and adult beverages at its own M’s Grill. Pricing is $8.50 for those older than 13, and skate rental is $3. See the AZ Ice Peoria website or call 623-334-1200.

CitySkate offers ice skating, a 36-foot tree, and a hot chocolate bar.
CitySkate offers ice skating, a 36-foot tree, and a hot chocolate bar.
Courtesy of CityScape

CityScape transforms into a Christmastime nucleus each year with CitySkate, the largest outdoor ice skating rink in Phoenix and featuring a number of holiday events at 1 Washington Street, #300. The seven-week, seventh annual CitySkate is smack-dab in the middle of Central Avenue. Highlights include a 36-foot holiday tree, snowfall each night at 7, 8, and 9 p.m., Santa appearances from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday through Sunday, and a hot chocolate bar at Patriots Park. General admission is $10 between 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., $15 from 5 to 11 p.m., and $10 for military and students on Sundays. Visit the CitySkate website or call 602-550-9561.

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