The Ice Rink at Downtown Pittsburgh PPG Place

Christmas Lighting

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PPG Place is home to one of the most iconic pieces of architecture in all of Pittsburgh, and the annual Ice Rink and Wintergarden holiday event just add to the magic of this already entrancing place. It is without question one of Pittsburgh's most popular winter outings, attracting locals and visitors throughout the entire season. And since the Rink was expanded in 2015, it now stretches 116 feet long and 116 feet wide. That's 67 percent larger than the rink at Rockefeller Center and just a bit smaller than a National Hockey League rink.

Skating at PPG Ice Rink

PPG Place covers a six-block section of downtown Pittsburgh, and the Rink is set-up right in the middle. The Rink is open from November 20, 2020, until February 28, 2021, and is also open on major holidays like Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year's Day, and Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Due to health restrictions, the Rink has a new ticketing system in place for the 2020–2021 season. Tickets must be pre-purchased online and each skater chooses a reserved time slot to use the rink. Face masks must be worn at all times, including while waiting in line and while skating.

PPG Place is just a few steps away from the Gateway stop on the "T", Pittsburgh's light rail system. If you drive downtown, you will need to pay for parking which is available in the PPG Place Parking Garage for visitors. This 700-space garage has a public entrance on Third Avenue.

If you work up an appetite while skating, there are several restaurants in PPG Place. Grab a burger at Five Guy's for a quick bite or enjoy a more elegant meal at Ruth's Chris Steak House.

Admission and Discounts

The standard admission to skate is $11, plus a $5 rental fee if you don't have your own skates. However, discounts are available for kids up to age 12, adults over 50, and military members.

There are also weekly events for even more savings, such as Tuesday Family Nights and Wednesday Student Nights. On Tuesdays, kids skate for free if they are accompanied by a paying adult, while on Wednesdays anyone with a student ID skates for just $4.

If you want to learn to skate or want to skate better, skating lessons are usually available at the Rink at PPG Place for all ages and ability levels. However, lessons and classes are not available for the 2020–2021 season.

Special Events at the PPG Ice Rink

Leading up to the holidays, the Rink at PPG Place typically holds a variety of events to spread Christmas cheer to the Pittsburgh community.

  • Light Up Night: Held the first night the rink is open for the season, Light Up Night features an American Cancer Society Tribute of Light ceremony.
  • Mascot Skate: Enjoy an afternoon of skating with your favorite mascots, usually the day after opening night.
  • Skate with Santa Saturdays: Direct from the North Pole, join the Jolly Big Guy and skate around the spectacular 65-foot Christmas tree surrounded by the iconic glass “Crown Jewel” of the Pittsburgh skyline.