Where to Go Ice Skating in Charlotte

Just because we enjoy a 65 degree December day doesn’t mean we don’t also love a spin around the rink. Christmas break is the perfect time to enjoy these Charlotte area Ice Skating rinks. (in order of closing dates)

Carowinds Snow Flake Lake at Winterfest

Only open through December 31, you’ll have to hurry over to Winterfest to skate if you haven’t made it there yet. It’s Carowinds, so a visit to Winterfest will cost you, but, there’s a ton to do ~ way more than just the skating. Click thru here for all the deets.

Holiday on Ice

At the Nascar Hall of Fame Uptown, the outdoor Holiday on Ice rink opens in mid-November each year, and closes this year on Sunday, January 5th. Admission and skate rental is $16, tickets here. Hours by day differ, mostly open 10 am to 10 pm, but check their calendar here because some days time vary.

Winter Wonderland South Park 

SouthPark has its own Winter Wonderland with one of the QC’s favorite open-air ice-skating rinks for family fun. Winter Wonderland includes a daily afternoon snowfall, holiday lights and decor, Santa’s Pub, live music and concerts, and special local school spirit nights and fundraising skates. Skating is $17 with skates, $12 if you byo. Between SouthPark Mall and Symphony Park; located behind Dick’s Sporting Goods. Closes after MLK Day.

 U.S. National Whitewater Center

Boasting the options to skate on an ice trail or free skate on 17,000 sq. ft of ice, the Whitewater Center’s new skating environment features three distinct programming areas and an on-ice Airstream serving hot and cold beverages. Ice Skating at the USNWC requires a Single Activity Pass ($20) or All Access Pass ($59 Day Pass. Annual pass holders get in free. Skate rentals are included in pass purchases. Socks are required. Hours are mostly 10 am or noon to 10 pm, but check the Daily Activity Page here to be sure.

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Founders Holiday Ice Rink in Rock Hill

Open through January 20th, in Old Town Rock Hill, $10 covers skate rental & up to two (2) hours on the ice and Wednesdays are BOGO nights. Operating hours vary widely given the day / holiday so definitely check their calendar here before you head over. Open rain or shine!

 Pineville Ice House

Not a temporary holiday rink, open all year for lessons, hockey and figure skating, the Pineville Ice House offers public skating most afternoons this holiday break. Specifics are on their daily calendar here. Admission is $8.00, and skate rental is $2.00. Friday nights are Music Nights geared toward teens and adults, with requests from the skaters and not always suitable for the whole family.

Extreme Ice Center in Indian Trail

Also open year round and primarily used for lessons, hockey, figure skating, and summer camps, Extreme Ice is on the other side of town and public skating hours vary. Check the calendar here. Skate rentals are $4 per person. Fees vary by day.

Monday – Friday Afternoon $7 per person
Friday Evening – Sunday $10 per person
Holidays $10 per person


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