Ice skating in Forest Park is a holiday tradition a lot of people look forward too every year, but recently a whole bunch of new options popped up! 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
Open November 10-March 1 2017
The big daddy of St. Louis ice skating is turning 60 this year! Located in Forest Park, the Steinberg rink is the biggest outdoor ice rink in the Midwest. 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.
Bonus: You can skate for just 50cents on opening weekend. Skate rental is still $6. Normal admission is $7.
Brewery Lights at Anheuser-Busch
November 16-December 30
Every year the brewery puts on the BEST family-friendly light show, with 700,000 amazing twinkle lights. They’ve added a temporary 84-foot-by-40-foot ice rink under the lights of the Bevo Packaging Plant’s Budweiser sign. Money collected from from skate rentals will be given to a local charity.
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.
Shaw Park in Clayton
November 24 – February 19
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
November 18-January 1
The St. Louis Blues and the Gateway Arch Park Foundation are inviting the everyone to come skate by the Arch at Winterfest! This year the event is longer (starting a month eariler) and located in the newly renovated Kiener Plaza. The synthetic rink will be back –the ice might be fake, but the skating is real! For more information go to ArchWinterFest.com. Best of all? Entry is free! Skate rental is $7 for kids and $12 for adults–but if you have your own skates, you’re all set.
Holidays at Union Station
We’re having to take Holidays at Union Station off the list. The area is under construction–for our new St. Louis Aquarium! Maybe it will be back some day? Union Station is hosting the Polar Express this year, so you’ll still have fun.
I realize this list is now down to 4 outdoor rinks, but I’ll keep my eyes peeled for anything new. The Meadows out in Lake St. Louis have put up an outdoor rink the last two years, so that might be added to the list. As I write this, it’s still a little early for ice skating, so we’ll see!