Ice skating in Forest Park is a holiday tradition a lot of people look forward too every year, but this year we have so many more options! Several of our favorite holiday venues have added PORTABLE ice rinks to their list of activities! What does that mean? You don’t need a lake or pond to skate!
Steinberg Skating Rink
November 12-Thursday Feb 23
The big daddy of St. Louis ice skating, this public rink is located in Forest Park. They’re open every day, whatever the weather, including holidays and don’t charge by the session. Basically, you can skate until you drop. Cash only. For more info check out SteinbergSkatingRink.com.
Brewery Lights at Anheuser-Busch
November 17-January 1
Every year the brewery puts on the BEST family-friendly light show, with 700,000 amazing twinkle lights. This year they’re setting up a temporary 84-foot-by-40-foot ice rink under the lights of the Bevo Packaging Plant’s Budweiser sign. Blues alumni like Bobby Plager and Cam Janssen (and many more) will skate on select Thursday and Saturday nights with guests. Money donated from skate rentals will be given to the Blues Alumni Association – so all for a good cause.
And of course, there will be beer sampling, food, S’mores, fire pits, photo ops with the Clydesdales and plenty more family-friendly activities.
Admission is free, and the brewery is open to foot traffic only Thursday to Sunday, from 5 to 10pm. BreweryLights.com for more details.
Holidays at Union Station
November 18-January 6
Home of the Santa Express, Union Station has turned into the North Pole (at least until Jan. 6) and that includes an outdoor fun zone called “Glacier Park” tucked under the train shed. Here you can ice skate, ride an ice slide and watch the new Fire & Water laser show. Admission is $5 per person, plus fees for activities. For more info go to HolidaysAtUnion Station.com.
Shaw Park in Clayton
November 25 – February 26
This traditional public rink is open on the weekends, with public session and hockey skills sessions. You can hold a birthday party here or rent a bonfire. Check out ClaytonMo.org for more details and prices.
WinterFest at the Gateway Arch
December 27-January 8
The St. Louis Blues and the CityArchRiver Foundation are inviting the everyone to come skate by the Arch at a new event: Winterfest at the Arch. They will install a 46 x 92 foot synthetic ice rink in Luther Ely Smith Square–that’s the little park between the Old Courthouse and the Arch grounds. The ice might be fake, but the skating is real! For more information go to ArchWinterFest.com.