There’s nothing like gliding across ice to your family’s favorite holiday tunes to turn up the magic of the season. Unlike snow sports, hitting the rink for a couple of hours of fun is so easy in Portland that can be fit in between running errands and buying gifts. Grab your little ice dancers and a thermos of hot chocolate and read on to find out where your next ice skating adventure awaits.

Sherwood Ice Arena

Sherwood offers up this classic arena for families looking for lots of room to play. Grab your little ice racers and get ready to have some fun on the full-sized indoor rink. There’s plenty of room for the whole crew and family friends. If your kids are old enough to hold their own on the ice, unpack that cocoa and head for the bleacher where you can sip and enjoy the show. If your kiddos catch a case of skate fever, take some time to check out the arena’s class options, you’ll see they have it all. From figure skating to freestyle , hockey leagues to birthday parties, there’s something for everyone in the family. They also offer up options for date night and a New Year's Eve skate.  

Cost: Admission is $9/person, $8/seniors 55 , $3 skate rental
Hours: Mon.-Fri. 9:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m. & 1:15 p.m.-5:00 p.m. (Check website for current week's schedule.)

20407 SW Borchers Dr.
Sherwood
503-625-5757
Online: sherwoodicearena.com

Winterhawks Skating Center

Give that hockey fan in your life the thrill of their lives with a trip to the Official Winterhawks practice center for open skate.  Race each other around the regulation-sized practice rink and keep your eyes peeled because you just might spot a Winterhawks player or two. Give your little goalie the gift of experience and sign them up for lessons or a hockey camp, or visit the pro shop and grab them some gear to put under the tree. Class options extend to those who aren’t necessarily in to smashing pucks and include figure skating camps, freestyle classes and even private lessons.  

Cost: $8 admission, $3 skate rental.  Children 5 and under are free with paid adult.
Hours: Vary by week, see website

 

9250 Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy
Beaverton
503-297-2521
Online: winterhawksskatingcenter.com

Lloyd Center Ice Rink

You know how we said you could fit a trip around the rink between stops at various stores? Well, the Lloyd Center is the place to be for all your holiday festivities and chores. The newly redesigned ice rink located inside Lloyd Center Mall is beautiful and keeps the deep freeze at bay while you and your little skaters play.  The oval-shaped rink provides plenty of room to move and your little ones will be thrilled as they whiz around a holiday tree and they may even experience actual falling snow scheduled at various times throughout the day. After your ice adventure, you can grab some hot cocoa at Starbucks, finish your holiday shopping list and even visit Santa.

Cost: $14 admission, $4 skate rental (skate rental free for under 5 or over 50)
Hours: Mon. & Wed. 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; Tue. 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m.; Thu. 10:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m.; Fri. & Sat. 10:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.; Sun. 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.

2218 Lloyd Center
503-288-6073
Online: lloydcenterice.com

photo: photo: via Oregon Gardens

Oregon Garden's Christmas in the Garden

During the month of December you can enjoy this magical outdoor treat located in Silverton at the Oregon Garden’s. Christmas in the Garden is an annual European-inspired celebration that includes an outdoor covered ice skating rink, snowless tubing, an artisan vendor market, photos with Santa, fire pits, and live music. In other words, you may go for the skating, but what you get is a complete holiday blitz! An extra special feature of this rink are the seals you can rent for $5 to help your littlest skaters get out on the ice. Make sure to take time to wander through the forest lit with 600,000 lights. And don’t worry, if you or your little ones get hungry there’s plenty of holiday foods and beverages to go around.

 

Cost: $15/ person.  Children 4 and under receive free admission. Save $5 if you bring your own skates.
Hours: vary by day and week, check the website

879 W. Main St.
Silverton
503-874-8100
Online: http://www.oregongarden.org

Does your family have a place they love to skate that we haven’t mentioned? Share it with us in the comments below.

—Annette Benedetti