A festive holiday seems to be associated with warm glowing fires, children bundled up and wearing mittens building a snowman and drinking hot cocoa. In Phoenix, although it does get cold and there might be an occasional dusting of snow, they usually have to manufacture their own cold and wet stuff. The good news is, you won't have to shovel it.
When the Christmas holiday season comes around, you'll find several attractions, malls, and festivals that feature snow, snow flurries, and skating rinks.
Some of those skating rinks will be synthetic, and some will feature real ice. You may also find ice skating and snow at various shopping malls around the Valley.
In downtown Phoenix at CityScape, you'll find the real thing. It's CitySkate.
CitySkate Outdoor Ice Skating Rink
Through January 7, 2018
On opening night each year, there is a tree-lighting ceremony, live music, holiday performances, and a visit from Santa. Hours for opening night are typically 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. Santa usually arrives at 3 p.m., and the tree lighting is scheduled for 6 p.m.
Skating hours vary depending on the day of the week and the time in the season.
CityScape in Downtown Phoenix. Here is how to get to CityScape, including Valley Metro Rail instructions.
- $15 per person General Admission on-site
- $10 per person for children under age 8, senior citizens, or with a U.S. Military ID
- Free for children ages 3 and under
- Skate rental included in admission price. Bring socks.
You may purchase tickets at the rink. Before you go, check online or call (602) 772-3900 to make sure that the session that interests you is not reserved for a private party.
Santa will make an appearance on November 25 from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m, December 8 from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. and December 2, 9, 17 from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
The Phoenix Art Museum will have art installations and murals on display from local artists.
Hot cocoa will be available to purchase from the Hot Chocolate Bar at Patriots Park, operated by various Arizona nonprofits as a fundraiser.
The parking garage at CityScape is the most convenient, and if you visit any CityScape retail store or restaurant (remember to bring the parking lot ticket) you'll receive up to two free hours of parking in that garage. Remember, the street parking meters in Phoenix are not free until after 10 p.m. You have to "feed the meters" every day, including weekends.
On certain days or evenings there may be specials offered. Check the CitySkate Calendar.
Stay and Skate
Kimpton’s Hotel Palomar Phoenix is offering a “Stay & Skate” package that includes deluxe accommodations, 15% off the Best Flexible rate, two tickets and skate rentals at CitySkate, and 20% off dining in Blue Hound Kitchen & Cocktails.
For more information: Visit CitySkate online or call 602-772-3900.
All dates, times, prices and offerings are subject to change without notice.