Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink Opens November 2
27th season of Sacramento’s premier outdoor ice rink to kick off the holiday tradition
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink returns Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, to St. Rose of Lima Park in the heart of downtown Sacramento. Open daily through Monday, Jan. 21, 2019, the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink offers visitors an enhanced skating experience with rink improvements, extended operating hours and more exciting special events than ever before.
“For nearly three decades, the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink has been a part of winter traditions for Sacramentans,” said Michael Ault, Executive Director of Downtown Sacramento Partnership. “This year, we’re launching a new era of excitement to complement the surrounding area that’s being filled by unique activities like the 17 retailers and restaurants opening soon at The Hardin across K Street from the rink. We can’t wait to see the first skaters take to the ice this November and enjoy what we’ve worked so hard to create!”
New this year, the famous oval shape of the city’s only outdoor ice rink has been expanded into a rounded square, increasing skater capacity by 25 percent and providing a better experience for skaters and bystanders. This new shape prompted Downtown Sacramento Partnership to also refresh the Ice Rink logo to embody its new and improved “look”.
Ice Rink hours and pricing:
To allow for more fun at the Ice Rink, general operating hours have been extended and the rink will be open on Christmas Day.Skaters can enjoy the rink for $13 during regular hours, $15 during peak days, or $6 for children six and under, from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday; 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday; and 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday. Holiday hours and pricing varies and can be viewed at www.GoDowntownSac.com/icerink.
Special events and activations lineup:
The ice rink will host a variety of exciting events and activations perfect for enjoying the holiday season.
Opening Ceremony: 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 2
Join County and City officials, Sacramento Kings dancers, Slamson and others to celebrate the official opening of the Ice Rink with a special ribbon cutting celebration. After the ceremony, 60 third-grade students from William Land Elementary will take to the ice for a free skate session before the rink opens to the public for a $2 skate day from 12 to 11 p.m.
Princess & Superhero Day: 12 – 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3
The 3rd annual Princess & Superhero day, presented by SacRT, returns to the Ice Rink as Disney On Ice takes over Golden 1 Center nearby. Skaters of all ages are encouraged to come dressed as their favorite princess or superhero and can expect special visits from costumed characters, face painting and more.
2nd Saturday Celebrate the Art of Kindness: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10
Presented by Western Health Advantage, skaters are invited to participate in the production of a community art piece at the Ice Rink to celebrate Sacramento’s growing art scene. For $2 off skate admission, donate a nonperishable good to the Sacramento Food Bank before heading to the rink.
Veterans Day: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 11 and Monday, Nov. 12
Celebrate Veterans Day with friends and family at the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink. All active duty and retired military members skate free Nov. 11 and 12 with valid military ID.
Storytime at the Ice Rink: 11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Wednesdays, Nov. 14, Dec. 12, Jan. 9
Produced in partnership with Sacramento Public Library, Children three years and older are invited to the Ice Rink for stories, sing-a-longs and games designed to build early literacy, followed by a discounted private skate session.
Drag Queens on Ice: 6 – 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 15
Skate the night away with Sacramento’s most colorful drag personalities at Drag Queens on Ice, presented by Outword Magazine. A special event benefiting LGBTQ community organizations, don’t miss this fan-favorite evening filled with laughter and lipstick!
Single in the City: 6 – 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17
Single in the City at the Ice Rink, brought to you by Downtown Commons, is the ultimate singles mixer designed to make falling for that perfect someone easy and carefree. Single in the City attendees can enjoy free, same-day cover at Revival with their Ice Rink wristband.
#GivingTuesday: 2 – 9 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27
Skate it forward on #GivingTuesday at the Ice Rink and Downtown Sacramento Partnership will donate all proceeds to Self Help Housing.
2nd Saturday Holiday Shoppe: 12 – 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 8
Shoppers can get ahead of their holiday shopping during this Ice Rink market where local vendors will sell handmade goods including handcrafted décor, specialty spices, luxury soaps and more, from vendors including Identity Boutique, Prickly Pear, Miguel Gomez, Chef’s Olive Mix and many more.
Silent Skate on Ice: 7 – 9 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 20
The first-ever Silent Disco at the Ice Rink will be brought to skaters by Malt & Mash. Attendees will be transported to an on-ice dance party with headphones synced to three music stations they can alternate between.
- Every Day I $2 off with same-day Sac RT bus or light rail ticket
- Every Day I $5 off with Western Health Advantage membership card
- Every Day | Free skate for Sacramento Kings Kids Club members
The Ice Rink’s group reservation space will feature a new special event area with closer orientation to K Street so guests can enjoy all of the excitement in, and around, the rink.
For more information about the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink or to book a group reservation, visit www.GoDowntownSac.com/icerink and join the conversation using #DowntownSac. For Ice Rink news and weather updates, follow on social media:
Produced by Downtown Sacramento Partnership, the Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink has been an urban holiday tradition since 1991, attracting more than 40,000 skaters annually. The 2018-19 Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink season is produced with support from Western Health Advantage, Downtown Commons, Sacramento Kings, Macy’s, Residence Inn Sacramento, MarketOne Builders, City of Sacramento, Fox40, iHeart Media and more.
Getting here early and staying late:
The Downtown Sacramento Ice Rink has partnered with Sac RT to encourage guests to take light rail to and from downtown. Skaters can also reserve nearby parking using SacPark.org. For information about getting around downtown, visit GoDowntownSac.com/get-around.
About Downtown Sacramento Partnership
Downtown Sacramento Partnership is a nonprofit, property-based improvement district (PBID) that serves as the collective voice for the 197 property owners and more than 5,000 businesses located within the 66-block urban core of Sacramento. Driven by the mission to build value downtown, Downtown Partnership is the principal advocate, champion and steward for those who work, live, visit and do business here. For more information, visit www.downtownsac.org + www.godowntownsac.com and connect with us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and LinkedIn.