Ice skating in Denver: Where to go for family time, fresh air or open space

‘Tis the season for butts meeting cold, hard ice.

Skaters skitter over the ice at Skyline Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Skaters skitter over the ice at Skyline Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)
Skaters skitter over the ice at Skyline Park. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

‘Tis the season for butts meeting cold, hard ice.

Whether you’re looking for a romantic but potentially embarrassing date, an afternoon activity for the family or a big rink to get in some laps, you’ve got plenty of options in Denver and the surrounding ‘burbs.

Happy skating!


Downtown Denver Rink at Skyline Park

Where: 1601 Arapahoe St., outdoors

When: Nov. 22 through Dec. 24
11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday
10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday and Christmas Eve

Dec. 25 through Jan. 7
10 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday through Saturday
11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday and Christmas Day
10 a.m.-11 p.m. New Year’s Eve

Jan. 8 through Feb. 14
Noon-5 p.m. Monday through Thursday
10 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Valentine’s Day
11 a.m.-3 p.m. Super Bowl Sunday (Feb. 4)

How much: Skate rentals are $8 for adults and $6 for kids 12 and younger. Rentals are free for kids on Sundays.

More: Live music and DJs on Friday nights. Skating lessons from 9 to 10 a.m. Saturdays. downtowndenver.com


Magness Arena and Joy Burns Arena at University of Denver

Where: 2240 Buchtel Blvd. South, indoors

When: Public skate hours vary. Check ritchiecenter.du.edu.

How much: Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for kids 12 and younger, $4 for seniors 65 and older and $25 for families. Skate rentals are $3.


Rink at Belmar

Where: 439 S. Teller St., Lakewood, outdoors

When: Nov. 16-Jan. 7
11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and New Year’s Eve
11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday
11 a.m.-4 p.m. Christmas Eve
Closed Christmas Day

Jan. 11-28
4 p.m.-9 p.m. Thursday
4 p.m.-10 p.m. Friday
11 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday
11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday and Martin Luther King Jr. Day

How much: Admission with skate rentals is $9.50 for adults, $7.50 for kids 12 and younger, $5 for military service members and free for kids 2 and younger and seniors 65 and older. Admission without rentals is $5.

More: Special events include Skate With Santa Saturdays, Ugly Sweater Night, Denver Figure Skating Team performances and New Year’s Eve at the rink. belmarcolorado.com


Ice rink at DEN Plaza
Clark Griswald on screen at Film on the Fly, Dec. 16, 2016. (Photograph provided courtesy of Denver International Airport) 2016; christmas vacation; event; film on the fly; plaza; dia; denver international airport
Clark Griswald on screen at Film on the Fly, Dec. 16, 2016. (Photograph provided courtesy of Denver International Airport)

Where: Denver International Airport, 8500 Peña Blvd., outdoors

When: Nov. 24-Jan. 7
9 a.m.-9 p.m. daily

How much: Free.

More: Live music indoors Dec. 18-24. denevents.flydenver.com


Winter Skate Historic Downtown Louisville

Where: Steinbaugh Pavilion, 824 Front St., outdoors

When: November through February
2-7 p.m. Monday through Wednesday
2-10 p.m. Thursday
Noon-10 p.m. Friday
10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday
10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, New Year’s Eve, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents’ Day
Noon-7 p.m. New Year’s Day
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Christmas Eve
Noon-5 p.m. Christmas Day

How much: Admission with skate rentals is $10 for adults, $9 for kids 12 and younger, $8 for seniors 65 and older, military and college students, $4 kids 3 and younger. A family four-pack is $32. $5 off if you bring your own skates.

More: Horse-drawn carriage rides Fridays through Sundays, Nov. 24 through Dec. 30. Special events include a Denver Figure Skating Club performance, a There With Care benefit and Chanukah on Ice. bceproductions.com


Winter Skate Downtown Boulder

Where: Teahouse Plaza, 1780 13th St., outdoors

When: December through February
11 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday through Wednesday
11 a.m.-10 p.m. Thursday and Friday
10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday and New Year’s Eve
10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday and New Year’s Day
10 a.m.-5 p.m. Christmas Eve
Noon-6 p.m. Christmas Day
11 a.m.-9 p.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents’ Day

How much: Admission with skate rentals is $10 for adults, $9 for kids 12 and younger, $8 for seniors 65 and older, military and college students, $4 kids 3 and younger. A family four-pack is $32. $5 off if you bring your own skates.

More: The Denver Figure Skating Club performs Dec. 16.  bceproductions.com


Evergreen Lake

Where: 29612 Upper Bear Creek Road, Evergreen, outdoors

When: Jan. 8 through March 4
3-7 p.m. Monday through Thursday
3-8 p.m. Friday
8 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and winter break (Dec. 21-Jan. 7)
8 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and Presidents’ Day
9 a.m.-3 p.m. Christmas Eve and Christmas Day
9 a.m.-2 p.m. New Year’s Eve

How much: Admission is $7 for adults, $6 for kids ages 4-17, $5 for seniors 60 and older and military and free for kids 3 and younger. Skate rentals are $7.

More: evergreenrecreation.com


Big Bear Ice Arena

Where: 8580 E. Lowry Blvd., Denver, indoors

When: Public skate hours vary. Check bigbearice.com.

How much: Admission is $7 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and younger. Skate rentals are $3.


Ice Centre at the Promenade

Where: 10710 Westminster Blvd., Westminster, indoors

When: Public skate hours vary. Check icecentre.com.

How much: General admission is $6. Admission for kids 4 and younger accompanied by a paying adult is $1. Cheap Skate nights cost $3. Skate rentals are $3.50. Lockers are 50 cents.

Ashley Dean

Author: Ashley Dean

Ashley Dean covers culture and other odds and ends. She previously covered music and did some copy editing for the Denver Post, the Colorado Daily and the Daily Camera. She's from New York, likes her bourbon straight and has strong opinions about Kanye West. She can be reached at adean@denverite.com, 303-502-2804 or @AshleyDean.