Who says Arizona doesn’t have a traditional winter season of snow, frigid temperatures and, most importantly, ice skating? Lace up your skates and get into the Holiday spirit by gliding over ice, while bundled up with some hot cocoa at these indoor and outdoor Phoenix ice rinks.
Ice Den Scottsdale
The Ice Den is the well-known practice rink for the Phoenix Coyotes and other NHL teams. The public is welcome to skate with Santa, Rudolph or Frosty, during the Holiday season, now through Wednesday, Dec. 26. For parents trying to find time juggling holiday shopping and family life, the Drop & Shop camp, where parents can drop off their kids to learn how to skate while they holiday shop.
Details: 9375 E. Bell Road, Scottsdale. 480-585-7465
CitySkate at CityScape
This year, CityScape is moving its ice rink to the streets. Central Avenue between Jefferson and Washington streets will be blocked off for the entire six-week run of the ice rink, highlighted by snowflakes and twinkling lights. For every skate rental, nearby Chloe’s Corner will serve free hot chocolate.
Details: 1 E. Washington St., Phoenix. 480-947-7772
Arcadia Ice Arena, Phoenix
Skate freestyle over the smooth ice, or learn how to take a few spins if you’re new to the ice with open skate or private lessons. Christmas skating is from 9-11 a.m., 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m.
Details: 3853 E. Thomas Road, Phoenix. 602-957-9966
Fairmont Scottsdale Princess
An outstanding 5,400-square-foot outdoor ice rink is surrounded among the scenic Cactus Garden at Fairmont Scottsdale. For a good cause, a portion of the skating proceeds will go to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.
Details: 7575 E. Princess Drive. 480-585-4848
Experience ice skating with a twist as the W Scottsdale presents a second-story ice rink built over a pool. Adults can enjoy season-themed beverages while ‘chilling’ by Chill, a 2,100-square-foot hybrid ice rink built over the Wet Deck pool.
Details: 7277 E. Camelback Road, Scottsdale