Of all the wintery activities is there anything better than gliding around with friends and family on an outdoor ice rink surrounded by twinkling lights? Luckily for us, the Denver area is host to dozens of outdoor ice rinks open for business in the winter months that could be straight out of a Hallmark Christmas movie. Here’s a list of this year’s Denver outdoor ice rinks that will give you and your family all the Frozen vibes.
November 22, 2019 – January 20, 2020 : 9am-9pm
DIA is the best at reminding us how awesome our city is. Take for instance the [email protected] programs which feature a FREE (yes, free!) ice rink in the winter season. Located outside on the plaza between the Westin hotel and the Jeppesen terminal, visitors can literally twirl and glide through their holiday travel. In addition to a free skate sesh, there’s hot cocoa, cider, and entertainment on Friday afternoons. Not traveling this season? No problem. Take the light rail out to the airport for a super fun and affordable family outing.
Open: November 26, 2019 – February 16, 2020: hours vary
Cost: Free admission, with $7.00 skate rentals for kids 12 and under, and $9 for adults 13 years and older.
The Rink at Skyline Park has become a holiday staple in the heart of Downtown Denver for the past decade. This outdoor skating rink has something for everyone – kid-friendly amenities including skate with Santa dates, broomball games, and even the option for private parties. Add in a cup of cider from the adjacent Christkindl Market, and you’ve got the makings for a perfectly cozy winter afternoon.
Open: November 29, 2019
Cost: $6 for children 10 and under, $8 for adults. $4 skate rentals.
One of the few ice trails in the country, this outdoor ice rink is actually a frozen skating path that winds in and around Discovery Park decked out with sparkly lights. Fire pits and hot beverages lining the trail make being a spectator almost as fun as getting out on the ice. Head to Parker for a truly special skating experience.
Open: November 15, 2019 – February 2020
Cost: $8.50 admission, plus $2.50 for skate rental : 4pm-9pm
This sweet rink at the center of the Shops at Southlands is surrounded by twinkling lights, and the perfect location for a today full of shopping, dining, and skating.
Open: November 21, 2019 – January 05, 2020 : hours vary
Cost: $7.50 for children 12 and under, $9.50 for adults for one-hour admission. Skate rental included.
15 years running, this Denver ice skating rink at the center of Belmar Plaza is a holiday tradition in the Lakewood area. With tons of events including skating shows, ugly sweater night, and a Noon-Year’s Eve celebration, there is so much frozen fun to be had.
Open: November 23, 2019 – February 2020 : hours vary
Cost: $8 for children 12 and under, $10 for adults. Skate rental included.
The only outdoor ice rinks in the north Denver metro area, Winterskate in Louisville offers so much more than just ice and lights. Located in historic downtown Louisville, Winterskate also has free musical entertainment, carriage rides, and concessions. Oh, and did we mention this rink is the largest outdoor ice rink in the country? Add this one to your winter bucket list, for sure.
Open: Starting November 16, 2019 : hours vary
Cost: $9 for children 12 and under, $10 for adults. Skate rental included.
Located next to Zen Asian Sushi Bar & Grill, this Stapleton staple is a great way to have some active fun in between holiday shopping and errands. The Break the Ice holiday kick-off event on November 30 includes a block party, aerial performance, character skates and more.
If you find yourself adventuring beyond the Denver metro area, here are some more Colorado outdoor ice rinks to check out this winter season:
Rocky Mountain Rinks
Beaver Creek Village (Beaver Creek)
Stephen C. West Ice Arena (Breckenridge)
Dorsey Lake (Estes Park)
Evergreen Lake (Evergreen)
IceBox Ice Rink (Fraser)
Dercum Square (Keystone)
Keystone Lake (Keystone)
Nederland Ice & Racquet Park (Nederland)
Ice Skating at Solaris (Vail)
Vail Square Ice Rink (Vail)
Village Ice Rink (Winter Park)
North of Denver
Old Town Square (Fort Collins)
Longmont Ice Pavillion (Longmont)
South of Denver
Rink at the Rock (Castle Rock)
Skate in the Park (Colorado Springs)
Know of a rink we missed? Please comment below and let us know, so we can add it to our guides to Christmas and Holiday fun!