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Rinks Perfect for Ice Skating in Pittsburgh: Holiday Edition

  • November 17, 2022
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But first, let’s go skating! The weather is changing and we’re gearing up to take part in all of our favorite winter activities. Putting up decorations, hunting for the perfect present, drinking hot cocoa, baking cookies, and lacing up our skates!

As soon as the temperature dips below 50 degrees, our minds go straight to the ice. Combine that with the sights and sounds of the holidays and we’re just filled with all kinds of festive cheer! And don’t worry if you’re not a pro (trust me, I’m not either), it’s just fun to get out and try your best. Check out this year’s holiday edition of ice skating in Pittsburgh!

Ice Skating in Pittsburgh UPMC Rink at PPG Place
📷 PPG Place

The UPMC Rink at PPG Place

The holiday season marks the grand return of every Yinzer’s favorite ice rink. The UMPC Rink at PPG Place is 67% larger than the Rockefeller Center ice rink and is two-thirds the size of the ice at PPG Paints Arena. Grab your friends and family and skate around the beautiful Christmas tree while enjoying the views of the PPG buildings. While down there, be sure to check out the Spirits of Giving display, as well as, the Peoples Gas Holiday Market! To help ensure skater safety, the UPMC Rink will be following all guidelines set by the CDC. Please check their website for a complete list of COVID-19 precautions.

Ice Skating in Pittsburgh Schenley Park
📷 Schenley Park Ice Rink

Schenley Park Ice Rink

Kick off your holiday season with a trip to the park! Originally opening in 1975, the Schenley Park Ice Skating Rink is a beloved tradition of many Pittsburgh families. Schenley Park is one of the city’s most stunning areas and the sparkle of the ice combined with joyous laughter makes it all the more special! Plus, make the most of your trip to Oakland by visiting Phipps Conservatory’s Winter Flower Show. Is it really ice skating in Pittsburgh without a few laps at one of the best outdoor rinks in the area? We think not!

South Park Ice Rink

Lace up your skates and head over to South Park! Located just outside of the city, this outdoor rink is open all winter long and offers scenic views of the surrounding woodlands. The South Park Ice Rink also hosts fun events including numerous hockey programming, rink rentals and more. Tickets and skate rentals are extremely affordable and allow for many trips over the course of the winter months.

North Park Ice Rink

Just like its sister park to the south, North Park also features a fantastic outdoor ice rink! They also offer numerous hockey programs, rink rentals, as well as, public skating, tiny tot skating and more. It has been providing residents with down-home family fun since opening its gates way back in 1961. The rink features two identical Swiss chalet-style clubhouses making for that perfect holiday backdrop.

Ice Skating in Pittsburgh Ice Castle Arena
📷 Ice Castle Arena

Ice Castle Arena

We can’t talk about ice skating in Pittsburgh without mentioning our area’s favorite castle…literally! Ice Castle is open year-round but there’s just something a bit more special about skating during the holiday season. Featuring two NHL regulation size rinks, there are plenty of room for beginners and pros to zoom around the arena. Plus, they know ice skating works up an appetite so they installed a fantastic Snack Bar to “satisfy your cravings.”

Discounted skating passes are offered to frequent visitors and they also offer gift cards, a perfect stocking stuffer!

More Spots for Ice Skating in Pittsburgh

⛸ RMU Island Sports Center | Neville Island

⛸ Mt. Lebanon Ice Center | Mt. Lebanon

⛸ Alpha Ice Complex | Oakmont

⛸ Baierl Ice Complex | Warrendale

⛸ Rostraver Ice Garden | Belle Vernon

⛸ Pittsburgh Ice Arena | New Kensington

More Things to Do in Pittsburgh

Now that you’re prepped with all of the best ice rinks in the Burgh, it’s time to do your best Sidney Crosby impression and get out on the ice! It’s the perfect winter-time date or fun-filled family bonding moment!

And now we’ve got you in a holiday activity mood, be sure to check out all of the best, most festive things to do in Pittsburgh during the holidays. Search #MerryU in the UNATION app or on our website for Holiday happenings! And be sure to follow us on Instagram and Facebook to receive the first look on the look on our holiday events guide, as well as, festive maps to help you get into the holly jolly spirit!

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