Think that ice skating is a holiday activity reserved for our friends up North and on the East Coast? Think again! Here are some places that you can go ice skating right here in the desert.
Temporary Ice Skating Rinks
CityScape set up its holiday ice skating rink right on Central Avenue in downtown Phoenix this year. Chloe’s Corner will serve free hot chocolate with every skate rental. The rink will be open until Jan. 6.
Details: CityScape Phoenix 1 E. Washington Street, Phoenix. Hours: 5-11pm Monday — Friday, 3-11pm Saturday — Sunday from Nov. 24 — Dec. 18 and Jan. 2- 6. 3-11pm daily, Dec. 19 — Jan 1.
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is putting extra icing on the holidays with its new Desert Ice Holiday Rink located in the picturesque Cactus Garden. The 5,400 square foot rink, made with real ice and is open daily to the public until Jan. 6.
Details: Fairmont Scottsdale Princess 7575 E. Princess Drive, Scottsdale. Hours: 2-5pm and 6-9pm Nov. 27 — Jan. 6 Sunday — Thursday, 2-5pm and 7-10pm Friday — Saturday.
W Scottsdale Hotel
Enjoy the holidays on the W’s Wet Deck. Where you normally find their pool, you’ll find a 2,100 square foot ice rink made from not ice, but a recyclable polymer that doesn’t require electricity to cool or a Zamboni to smooth out. The hotel’s rink-side cabanas will be decked out in holiday décor and the bar will serve holiday-inspired cocktails.
Details: W Scottsdale Hotel 7277 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale. Hours: 4-10pm Nov. 16 — Jan. 3 Monday — Wednesday, 4pm — midnight Thursday — Friday, noon — midnight Saturday, noon — 10pm Sunday.
Year-Round Ice Skating Rinks
Arcadia Ice Arena 3853 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix
Ice Den 9375 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale
Oceanside Ice Arena 1520 N. McClintock Drive, Tempe
AZ Ice Gilbert 2305 E. Knox Road, Gilbert
Ice Den Chandler 7225 W. Harrison Street, Chandler