Although there are many indoor ice rinks in the metro area that operate year-round, there is something idyllic about open-air skating. That’s the kind of winter experience organizers of Skate Atlantic Station say they wanted to create, so they cleared several blocks of the retail district to install the 10,000 square foot ice surface.
Here are the places across the Atlanta area where you glide through the holiday season.
Note: Outdoor ice rinks often close due to warm or inclement weather, so call ahead to be sure the venue is open.
Open through Feb. 14; 4-10 p.m. Mon-Thurs.; 3 p.m-11 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays and holidays; 3 p.m. to 9p.m. Sundays. Atlantic Station. District Street at 17 1/2 and 18th streets.$13, adults, unlimited skating. $10, seniors, military, students, children under 5. Season pass, $49. Group rates available.
Astor Rink at St. Regis Hotel
Open Nov. 27 through Jan. 5.; noon-9 p.m. weekdays; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. weekends; Adults $30 per hour; Children under 16, $18 per hour ( includes skate rental and valet parking.) St. Regis Atlanta. 88 W. Paces Ferry Road. 404-563-7797, www.stregisatlanta.com.
Southwest Rink at Park Tavern
Nov. 28 through Feb. 17; 4:30 - midnight Mon. Fri. Sat. Sunday, 10:30 a.m.-midnight. (Adults only 8:30-midnight; 10:30 p.m. session is 21 and older); $15 (includes skates). $20 Friday and Saturday.; Park Tavern, 500 10th St. N.E., Atlanta. 404-249-0001, www.xorbia.com/therink/
Centennial Olympic Park Ice Rink
Opens Nov. 23 ; Monday-Friday 4:30 -10 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m.-11 p.m.; Sunday 10 a.m.-10 p.m.; $10, includes rental. $7 for students/ military; Centennial Olympic Park Drive N.W. Atlanta. 404-223-4412, www.centennialpark.com.
Olde Town Conyers Pavilion
Through Jan. 5; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Monday-Thursday; weekends vary; $7 plus $2 skate rental. Olde Town Conyers Pavilion, 949 S. Main St., Conyers. 770-554-7506, www.icedays.com.
Verizon Wireless Ice Rink at Lake Lanier Islands
Through Dec. 31. 4-10 p.m. nightly. $12, includes rentals. 7000 Lanier Islands Parkway, Buford. 770-945-8787.