Spend some wintertime in the Valley and you’ll soon realize that your hopes for a “White Christmas” are just that – hopes that will not turn into reality (unless you’re living in the high country, of course). While snow isn’t a possibility, there are still ways for you to get your winter fix this season. There are several outdoor ice-skating rinks around that allow you to enjoy the awesome temperatures outside while getting in the spirit of the season.
Desert Ice Skating Rink
7575 E. Princess Dr., Scottsdale
The Fairmont Scottsdale Princess is transformed into a winter wonderland from November 20th through December 31st. Among over four million twinkling lights, you can enjoy a 6,000 square foot ice rink in the outdoors. Real ice provides you the chance to enjoy a winter tradition among the desert. There are even snowfalls by the rink every night and visits from Santa. Times and pricing can be found on their website.
6751 N. Sunset Blvd., Glendale
Westgate Entertainment District is known for being a hub for things to do, and the holiday season brings a lot of excitement to the area. The real ice rink is set up until January 13th of next year at Fountain Park. You can snap photos with Santa on various dates and times, and there are nightly snowfalls for 8 minutes at both 7 and 8 pm every night. Friday and Saturday nights, you can enjoy live music as well. See the full schedule of times here.
1 E Washington St., Phoenix
Enjoy a rink in the heart of downtown Phoenix with CitySkate, one of the traditions in the area. The atmosphere of the big city combined with the giant tree in the middle of the rink makes for a great time. There are visits with Santa throughout the time the rink is opened, and special “Skate it Forward” Wednesdays where funds and awareness are raised for different organizations. See more details about skate times, pricing, and special events on their website.
Ice Rink at City Plaza
N. Center St and W. Main St., Mesa
Downtown Mesa is transforming to a Winter Wonderland from November 23rd through January 4th for a holiday celebration, featuring a giant Christmas tree, visits with Santa, and more. The ice-skating rink has fun specials throughout the week, like family night on Mondays and Ugly Sweater Days on Wednesdays. There are food trucks on Fridays and Saturdays to enjoy as well. You can purchase tickets online.
What skating rinks are you planning to check out this season? Let us know how they are and tag us with #FrayLife and #PhxFray so we can soak up the festivities with you!
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