Looking for a classic winter activity with some extra holiday magic? Lace up those skates and zip around an icy winter wonderland with your friends and family in tow! PS: National Skating Day is December 10th so there’s free admission at many rinks! Think skate rentals, hot chocolate and more!
Favourite ice skating events this holiday season
It’s one of Vancouver’s best winter traditions and the perfect way to celebrate the season with your loved ones! Robson Square outdoor skating rink is open from the beginning of December, 2017 until the end of February, 2018 (winter temperatures permitting). Skate/helmet rentals are cash only, but admission and holiday magic are free!
Nothing beats skating outdoors on an 8,000 square foot mountaintop skating pond, surrounded by snow-capped trees on the top of Grouse Mountain. Meet Santa’s reindeer, vote for your favourite gingerbread house, and peek inside the Elf Headquarters before visiting St. Nick himself! Open now until early Spring (be sure to check daily weather conditions).
Sparkling Christmas lights, live Christmas trees, and a Dickens Village make the Winterfest Holiday Rink a special holiday experience. Running November 18, 2017 until January 1, 2018 at Canlan Ice Sports Burnaby 8 Rinks.
Show off your moves while sporting your favourite tacky Christmas sweater! Enjoy face painting, reindeer games, and even a visit from Santa and his friends! This one day event takes place on December 23, 2017 at Bill Copeland Sports Centre, Burnaby. Don’t miss out!
A true winter wonderland, including sleigh rides, twinkling lights, a woodland forest and hot chocolate! Winter Wonderland public skates begin Dec 23, 2017 until Jan 5, 2018 at North Delta Recreation Centre and South Delta Recreation Centre this holiday season.
The Winter Ice Palace at Cloverdale Arena in Surrey dazzles with lights, decorations, and an old-fashioned pond. Bring your friends and check out the 20th annual Winter Ice Palace from Dec 22, 2017 – Jan 7, 2018.
Skate and helmet rentals are available at each facility, but bring your own gloves, waterproof pants, and a cozy coat for little ones.
For extra fun on Christmas Day, several ice rinks across the city offer public skates for families, including Hillcrest, Kitsilano, Trout Lake, and West End Community Centre.