Bundling up in cozy scarves and mittens. Wobbly-kneed kids gripping their parents' hands for balance. Warming up over mugs of hot cocoa as you watch other skaters whiz by. Whatever your age, there's nothing quite so festively thrilling as gliding across the gleaming ice under twinkling holiday lights. So we've rounded up some of the most magical places to lace up, warm or cold.
Rinks Listed Alphabetically by City
Times: Nov. 19-Jan. 29: Mon-Fri 4:30-10pm, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-10pm.
Special Holiday Hours: Nov. 24 5-10pm, Dec. 24 and 31 10am-5pm, Dec. 25 1-11pm, Jan. 1 Noon-11pm.
Prices: $7 per person. Skate rentals $2.
America's oldest public park offers a long season of blustery awesomeness.
Times: Nov. 18-March 15: Mon 10am-4pm, Tue-Thu and Sun 10am-9pm, Fri-Sat 10am-10pm.
Prices: Skate rentals $ adults, $5 kids. Season passes available.
One of nine public Chicago rinks, the McCormick Tribune is free, drawing more than 100,000 skaters annually.
Times: Through March 13, 2011: Mon-Thu Noon-8pm, Fri Noon-10pm, Sat 10am-10pm (closes at 9pm starting Jan. 8), Sun 10am-9pm. Holiday hours: Nov. 24 10am-4pm; Dec. 24 10am-6pm; Dec. 25 10am-4pm; Dec. 31 10am-8pm; Jan. 1 Noon-9pm.
Prices: Free. Skate rentals are $10.
Play on the ice where the Cubs go polar.
Times: Nov. 5-Feb. 27: Mon-Thu 2-9pm, Fri 2-11pm, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-8pm
Prices: Adults $5, kids $3 Mon-Thu. Sat-Sun adults $10, kids $6. Skate rentals are $5 for adults on weekdays, $10 on weekends; $3 for kids weekdays, $5 on weekends.
Ice skating in Florida? Guests of the Sandestin Resort as well as local residents can chill out from the heat at this tent-covered rink nestled in a quaint village.
Times: Now-Jan.31: Mon-Fri 4-10pm, Sat 11am-10pm, Sun Noon-6pm
Prices: $6; skate rentals $2
Ice in the desert? Glide along a frosty stage floating above Lake Las Vegas.
Times: Nov. 18-Jan. 29: Mon-Fri 3-9pm. Sat, Sun, school vacations and holidays Noon-9pm
Prices: $15 for adults, $12 for children, $8 per person for groups of 20 or more
Be one of the first to twirl atop the Strip's largest ice rink to glittering lights and swirling snowflakes. Eggnog cupcakes, warm apple cider and hot cocoa make it more cozy east coast than glitzy desert -- until the nightly Holiday Spectacular light show.
Times: Nov. 21-Jan. 8: Daily 11am-10:45pm, 30-minute sessions with 15-minute breaks in between.
Prices: $14.95 including skate rental. Kids 7-12 skate free with an adult. No kids under 7.
Zoom through skyscrapers at the annual Pershing Square holiday skate.
Times: Nov. 17-Jan. 16: Mon-Thu Noon-10pm; Fri-Sun 10am-10pm
Prices: $6 skating session, $2 skate rental. Group rates and rink rentals available.
Perhaps the world's most famous skating experience, the Rockefeller rink holds a surprisingly few 150 people.
Times: Nov. 4-Jan. 6: Schedule varies daily due to weather and private events. Call (212) 332-7654 for daily updates.
Prices: $21 for adults, $12.50 for seniors and kids under 11. $10 skate rentals. Lessons $30-65.
Practice lutzes with U.S. Figure Skating Association pros, or shoot hockey pucks right in Central Park.
Times: Mon-Tue 10am-2:30pm, Wed-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-9pm
Prices: Mon-Thu adults $10.75, kids 11 and under $5.75. Fri-Sun adults $16, kids $6. Skate rentals $6.75.
Turn one way and see the Pacific. Turn the other to see the stunning Hotel Del decked out with 100,000 lights.
Times: Nov. 23-Dec. 16 (closed Dec. 14): Daily 2-5pm, 6-9pm; Sat-Sun matinee 11am-1pm. Dec. 17-Jan. 1, 6-8: Daily 11am-1pm, 2-5pm, 6-9pm.
Prices: Three-hour sessions $25 for adults, $20 kids 10 and under. Two-hour matinees $20 adults, $15 for kids. Includes skate rental.
The city by the bay didn't even have a major outdoor rink until just a few years ago. Plunked smack in the middle of the Union Square shopping district on the corner of Geary and Powell near the Plaza Hotel, it's a welcome treat for both residents and tourists.
Times: Now-Jan. 16: Daily 10am-11:30pm. Rink closes at 9:30pm on Dec. 31. 90-minute sessions start on every even hour.
Prices: $10 adults, $6 children 8 and under. Skate rental $5. Group rates available Mon-Thu through Dec. 7.
Glide in the SoCal sun near the Third Street Promenade.
Times: Nov. 11-Jan. 16: Mon-Thu 2-10pm, Fri 2pm-Midnight, Sat 10am-Midnight, Sun 10am-10pm; Check website for holiday hours Nov. 24-27, Dec. 19-Jan. 6.
Prices: $12 admission and skate rental
Times: Year-Round: Daily 10am-8pm. Mon-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat-Sun 10am-8pm
Prices: Adults $11, kids $9 (under 5 free with paid adult). Skate rentals $4.50.
Times: Now-Mid-March: Mon-Thu 10am-9pm, Fri-Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 11am-9pm
Prices: $8 adults, $7 kids 12 and under, $3 skate rentals
Gaze up at Half Dome and Glacier Point from this rink nestled in Curry Village. Then hit the adjacent store for s'mores supplies to toast around the outdoor fire ring.
Times: Mid-November-Early March: Mon-Fri Noon-2:30pm, 3:30-6pm, 7-9:30pm. Weekends and holidays 8:30-11am, Noon-2:30pm, 3:30-6pm, 7-9:30pm.
Prices: $9.50 adults, $8.50 kids, $4 skate rentals