Winter is rolling and the holidays are upon us. It’s time to strap on your skates for some celebratory fun! Whether the members of your family are speed skaters or slip-sliding newbies, there’s a nearby rink where everyone can have fun. You don’t even need to commit a whole day to it like other winter sports. Just pop over anytime the kids need a dose of winter cheer. Fill up your thermos with hot cocoa, grab your camera, and read on for a list of our favorite ice skating rinks!

photo: lloyd center via yelp

Lloyd Center Ice Rink

Open seven days a week with extended holiday hours, the skating rink at Lloyd Center mall offers a convenient chance to get on the ice. As a bonus, you can get some Christmas shopping done while the kids have fun! The rink has been a hot spot in Portland since it opened in 1960, but beautiful renovations in the last couple years have ensured it’s continuing success. Stop by with the whole family for a Family Night deal, or check out the Rock’n’Skate on Friday and Saturday evenings to skate with a Live DJ! Top off the holiday outing with a visit to Santa and some new gifts to wrap!

Cost: $15 (including rental!)
Hours vary by day
2218 Lloyd Center
Portland, OR

Sherwood Ice Arena

A classic rink in the Sherwood area, this has arena everything you need for a day of winter fun! Rent your skates and slide out on the ice or let the kids skate away while you sit on the side with a cozy beverage. Skating and lesson options include stick time to brush up on hockey skills, freestyle, general ice skating, and more. (And for parents, check out some of the adult-only options!)

$9/adults, $3/skate rental. Children 4 and under are free with paid adult.
Hours vary by week
20407 SW Borchers Dr.
Sherwood, OR


photo: michael via yelp

Winterhawks Skating Center

Calling all hockey fans! Here’s your chance to glide on the same ice as the Portland Winterhawks! The official regulation-size practice rink for the team is also open for pint-sized skater practice. Along with open skate, you can choose from plenty of classes for hockey and beyond, or swing by the pro shop for extra ice gear (or Christmas presents!). If it’s an extra magical day, you might even see a Winterhawks player…

Cost: $12admission, $3 skate rental.  Children 5 and under are free with paid adult.
Hours vary weekly
9250 Beaverton Hillsdale Hwy
Beaverton, OR

Mountain View Ice Arena

This large, easy to find rink in Vancouver offers all the classic classes as well as plenty of open skating time. Your ice dancers and hockey-stickers will find all the frozen fun they need. And when you sign up for lessons, you get access to free public skating anytime!

$9.75/adults, $6/kids 5 and under, seniors, and military, $3.75.skate rental
Hours very weekly
14313 SE Mill Plain Blvd.
Vancouver, WA

photo: via Oregon garden

Oregon Garden Christmas in the Garden

Ice skate your cares away to the magical sounds and smells of a European-inspired Christmas market. Christmas in the Garden is a yearly celebration of the holidays that features an artisan vendor market, photos with Santa, outdoor fire pits, and a million lights. This year the event has added concerts and a dinner theater to the event. But that’s not all. Skate away on their outdoor rink until the hot chocolate, spiced cider, fondue, gingerbread, or tamales lure you away! (There’s mulled wine and a full biergarten for the bigger folks). Back on the rink the littlest skaters can rent bobbies to help them learn to skate. Your family can go for the Day Skate or Night Skate. And if you fall in love with the experience, you can buy season passes too! Hurry, the Early Bird passes won’t last much longer.

Opening: Nov. 29
Early Bird Ice Skating Season Pass price through Nov. 28 (purchase online only by Nov. 28): Ages 10 & Under: $30, Ages 11+: $45
Ice Skating Season Pass Price after Nov. 28: Age 10 & Under: $45, Ages 11+: $60

Day Skate 1:30-4:30 p.m.: $15
Night Skate 5-9 p.m.: $15-$20 depending on night (check calendar)

895 W. Main St.
Silverton, OR

—Katrina Emery


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