Valley’s largest real outdoor ice rink returns for seven-week run

CitySkate (submitted photo)

CitySkate (submitted photo)

For the sixth year in a row, close to 200,000 holiday revelers will descend upon CityScape Phoenix to take part in the seven weeks of CitySkate, the Valley’s largest real outdoor ice rink, presented by APS.

Central Avenue is transformed into an ice skater’s dream with a massive 36-foot holiday tree placed in the center of the rink along with hundreds of thousands of twinkling lights.

The tree will dazzle guests with nightly light shows at 7 p.m., 8 p.m., 9 p.m. and 10 p.m. Bystanders watching over the rink from Patriots Park will enjoy a nightly snowfall during the same hours, according to a press release. Santa will make an appearance every Friday, Saturday and Sunday for photos from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m.

The rink, presented by APS, is open daily from Nov. 28 through Jan. 11 with special events happening many days of the week. The full schedule and hours will be available at

The official grand opening and tree lighting ceremony, hosted by Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton, will kick-off the holiday skating season on Saturday, Nov. 28. The event will feature live music and holiday performances throughout the evening.

For those looking to extend their holiday festivities, Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix is offering a “Stay & Skate” package that includes beautifully appointed deluxe accommodations, 10 percent off the best available rate starting from $139 per night, two tickets to CitySkate that include skate rentals and two custom Hotel Palomar branded beanies. Use rate code “SKATE” when booking online or by calling 602-253-6633. The package is available from Nov. 28 until Jan. 3.

CitySkate (submitted photo)

CitySkate (submitted photo)

CitySkate Grand Opening & Mayor’s Tree Lighting Ceremony:
3-11 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 28 — Santa Claus arrives at 4 p.m., Tree Lighting at 7 p.m.
The event will feature live music, holiday performances throughout the evening, a light show, snowfall, an appearance by Santa Claus and the official tree lighting ceremony hosted Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton and his family.

Nov. 28 through Jan. 11
Day Session: 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. daily; Night Session: 5-11 p.m. Monday-Friday; 3– 11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
Kids and Adults: $12 each (day session), $15 (night and weekend session).
Military, Kids 4-8, Seniors: $8 each
Children 3 and under: free
College Students (with valid student ID) and groups of 10 or more: $12 each
Ice rink rental is available for private parties and events. Call 602-772-3900.

Visit to purchase tickets and for a list of holiday hours and closures. Admission includes skate rental and unlimited skating all day.

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