Updated November 2019
Who says you can’t ice skate in the South? Not Atlantans. No matter whether you skate like a member of Team USA or you are a teeny bit unstable standing on top of two steel blades, you can add to your holiday cheer by grabbing the kids or your besties and gliding around one of these Atlanta skating rinks.
In-Town Ice Skating in Atlanta
Ponce City Market
Skate the Sky, on The Roof at Ponce City Market, opens Nov. 29 and runs through Jan. 5, 2020, though it is closed Christmas Day. Reservations include general admission to The Roof, ice skate rentals and 50 minutes of skating plus unlimited games and rides at Skyline Park (when available).General admission to The Roof plus ice skating is $25 for adults and $15 for children. Ice skating only is $15 for adults and $8 for children ages 5 to 12. Children younger than 5 are not allowed.The rink is open Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Monday through Wednesday from 3 to 10 p.m.; Thursday and Friday from 3 to 11 pm. ; and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. After 5 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, skaters must be 21 or older.
Fire & Ice at The Rink Powered by Bubly, Park Tavern's skating experience, begins Thanksgiving weekend, Nov. 28, and continues through Jan. 20, 2020. The rink is designed to evoke a Neo-Victorian ambiance that includes holiday decor, games, special events and seasonal signature cocktails. The garden tent is heated with a state-of-the-art sound system and it accommodates 200 skaters. The Rink at Park Tavern is open Monday through Friday from 4:30 p.m. to midnight and weekends from 11:30 a.m. to midnight. The price is $15 Monday through Thursday and $20 Friday through Sunday until 8 p.m. At 8:30 p.m., the rink is available only to those age 16 and older. Rental skates are available.
Skate the Station presented by Coca-Cola is back at Atlantic Station Nov. 15 through Jan. 20, 2020. Skate beneath the stars at the largest outdoor ice rink in the Southeast. Skate the Station is open Monday through Thursday from 4 to 10 p.m.; Friday and Saturday from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.; Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; holidays from 3 to 11 p.m.; and MLK Day from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. General admission is $15; admission for veterans and seniors is $12. Online pricing that includes skate rentals is available.
Ice Skating in Metro Atlanta
Olde Town Conyers Ice Days
The rink is two-thirds covered so inclement weather is not a problem. Open Nov. 15 through Feb. 23, 2020, the rink charges $10 per skater for two hours of gliding along. No need to remove your skates when you need an Ice Days Snack. Try nachos, hot dogs, hot chocolate, candy and more.
The Rockefeller Center-inspired ice skating rink, Avalon on Ice, opens Nov. 24 and runs through Jan. 26, 2020. The hours are Monday through Friday from 3 to 10 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; and Sundays noon to 7 p.m. Holiday hours (Nov. 24-29; Dec. 22-Jan. 3, 2020; and Jan. 20,2020) 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. General admission is $18 per person including skates; children age 9 and younger, $14 including skates; group rate for 10 or more skaters is $15 per person including skates. A season pass is $175 per person including skates.
Ritz-Carlton Reynolds, Lake Oconee
The folks at the Ritz invite guests to "glide across our 6,000-square-foot Ice Rink in The Forest. Skate across the ice as an Olympic figure skater or boogie to the music under the disco ball over the ice." After that, they suggest topping off the skate with hot chocolate or hot apple cider. The rink is open Nov. 27 through Jan. 5, 2020, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and 4 to 8 p.m. Ice Skating is complimentary for all registered resort guests within the resort fee.
Journalist Carol Carter writes and edits for Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau.