Tucson’s pop-up ice skating rink is back for another holiday season.
Thanks to the City of Tucson and Rio Nuevo, the temporary outdoor rink, dubbed Tucson Holiday Ice, returns to downtown Tucson on Sunday, Nov. 19. The rink will be up until Jan. 7 outside of the Tucson Convention Center, 260 S. Church Ave.
Skate sessions, which run for 90 minutes, are priced at $22 for adults and $15 for kids under 12 years old. If you visit for the first session of the day, you’ll be able to pay a discounted price of $12 for adults and $8 for kids. Tickets can be purchased here. Times vary based on day. The rink will be closed Thanksgiving and Christmas.
Skates, which begin at size 8 for kids and go up to size 15 for men, are included in the admission price. Socks are required and gloves are recommended. Skate assists can be rented onsite for an additional $7.
Tucson Holiday Ice made its debut in 2019, then near Hotel Congress.
“A lot of other cities do this,” Lane Mandle, the chief of staff for Tucson’s city manager, said in 2019. “It’s not unrealistic to have ice outside in a desert winter. … We’ll still be able to operate even if it’s a warm December.”
“This would be a fun experience for Tucsonans because we don’t have a public sheet of ice; we don’t have any place to skate. This is a lovely way to make a nice holiday tradition.”