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Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink

Close up of people ice skating in a rink

Imagine, if you will a near-idyllic holiday setup. You’ve got your burgeoning family, perhaps some young children in the mix. You’re resting happily in some single family home for rent, Christmas tunes playing, cool air rushing outside the house while you relax in the comfortable, heated interior. Now the kids want to have some fun, and they want to do it outdoors. There’s no snow on the ground yet, so what do you do that will mimic that central component of Christmas cheer? If you’re near Sacramento, you can check out the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink, which will be running from November 3rd to January 15th. Read on, we’ve got what you’ll need to know about this one.

What is the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink?

Here’s the general information, courtesy of Sacramento Magazine:

“Celebrate the 26th Season of the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink any day of the week November 3, 2017, through January 15, 2018! At the doorstep of Golden 1 Center in St. Rose of Lima Park, the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink is a treasured #DOWNTOWNSAC experience.”

Operating hours are as follows:

Mon-Thu: 2:00PM-8:00PM

Fri-Sat: 10:00AM-10:00PM

Sun: 10:00AM-8:00PM

There are also special “Holiday Hours” that occur near Christmas time:

  • Christmas Break (Dec. 22 – January 4): 10:00AM–10:00PM
  • Christmas Eve: 10:00AM–8:00PM
  • Christmas Day: Closed
  • New Year’s Eve: 10:00AM–8:00PM
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Closing Day): 10:00AM–8:00PM

You should keep admission and rental prices in mind:

  • General Admission: $12 (includes skate rental)
  • Children 6 and under Admission: $6 (includes skate rental)
  • Locker Rental: $2 with ID collateral
  • Gloves: $4
  • Socks: $4
  • Ice Scooter: $5 for 30 minutes
  • Water: $2
  • Gift Card Purchase: $12

Be sure to observe the rules of the rink, which you can find in detail here. If you’ve ever been ice skating before, you probably already know the basics. Be mindful of other skaters, don’t climb on the dasher boards, don’t act crazy, etc.

And be sure to stay abreast of what’s going on with the rink, as they might have it closed some days for private functions and special events. You can follow the Facebook Page for more details. With that out of the way, on to the fun stuff. Those special events we mentioned are going on throughout November, December, and early January.

Events At The Ice Rink

As the run up to Christmas continues, you’ll likely be most focused on those December events. Though, after New Year’s, it’s possible you’ll still have a taste for the ice, so keep those January spectaculars in mind as well.

The Holiday Shoppe

Who says you can’t skate and shop at the same time? While you might not be able to literally shop while you’re skating around the ice, the December 9th Holiday Shoppe event will give you the chance to shop before you skate, or immediately afterwards:

“Cross everyone off your gift list at the Holiday Shoppe, featuring local artisans, crafters and makers. There will be something for everyone!”

Imagine, you take a turn on the ice, come out and put your normal shoes back on, then stroll the setup of vendors, looking for unique gifts to give to your friends and family. Of the many vendors that will be in attendance this year, the Novel Tea shop is one that’s got a fair number of potential attendees in a buzz.

No surprise there, as the shop is dedicated to bringing “delicious, high-quality tea to everyone.” They’ve got the hook-up on artisan, custom blends and specialize in preparing tea gifts and favors for everyone on your list. They’ve even got special varieties available for the holidays:

“In addition to the twenty stock standard teas, we offer seasonal teas available in limited quantities, and exclusive blends created for literary pairings and crafted with input from an author, designed to be paired with their book.”

You’ll find many more fine vendors like this when you hit the rink on the 9th, so be sure to get down there if you also want to do some shopping.

Throwback To The 80s

Oh yes, it’s 80s night. The feeling will be right when you come down to the rink on December 14th:

“It’s 80s night! The rink will be decorated in true 80s fashion with a DJ playing classic hits from the decade all evening long. Dress in your best 80s attire and jam out on the ice. 80s music videos will be projected for the full throwback experience!”

You can try to hide your love for 80s music and (admittedly questionable) fashion choices if you like, but once you’re on the ice and listening to those decades-old hits from yore, you’ll be back in the 80s swing of things and ready to bust a move.

Santa Photo Day

You didn’t think Santa would skip the ice rink, did you? Old Saint Nick will be downtown in rare form, delighting kids and posing for his yearly photo-op:

“If you haven’t taken your pictures with Santa because you’ve been dreading a trip to the mall, head to the ice rink! Presented by Sacramento Regional Transit District, skaters can take pictures on Santa’s sleigh with the man himself then skate the day away.”

Kids and adults alike enjoy the sight of Santa Claus. If you want to get the kids out the house to see the paragon of the holiday season, then this will be the prime day to do it.

Throwback To The 70s

If you want to get one more special event in after Christmas and New Year’s have ended, show up to the 70s Throwback on January 11th:

“70s night is here! Come dressed in your best 70s attire and listen to the best music of the decade while skating the night away. 70s music videos will be projected for the full throwback experience!”

Much like 80s night, you’ll be transported back to another time, complete with the fun and styles that marked the period.

That Single Family Home For Rent Provides The Perfect Holiday Adventure

Especially when it’s located at The Arbors. This unique community, nestled away in Antelope, provides enough proximity to get into downtown Sacramento for the ice rink and enough privacy to have a relaxing time once you’re done skating your heart out. Find the floorplan that works for you check out all the wonderful amenities that await, then make The Arbors your choice for single family living in the Sacramento area.