For a place where the average high temperature is 62 degrees in November and 53 degrees in December, Charlotte sure does like outdoor ice skating. This year there are four places in the Charlotte region where you can ice skate outside. Two in Charlotte, one in Huntersville, and one in Rock Hill, South Carolina.
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They open in November, 2022, and will stay open until January or February. Here’s what you need to know.
Ice Skating at Whitewater Center
Ice Skating at U.S. National Whitewater Center
Where: U.S. National Whitewater Center, 5000 Whitewater Center Parkway, Charlotte
When: The attraction opened in mid-November, 2022, and will be open through mid-February, 2023. It is open from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on the weekends, and 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays.
Price: You’ll need to purchase a Single Activity Pass ($25) or an All Access Pass. In addition, parking is $6. With the pass you can skate all day. If you have an annual pass already, you’re set.
What else: Already Charlotte’s largest outdoor skating rink, this ice rink is even bigger than last year. It’s now over 24,000 square feet, including two ice trails and two free skate zones. This year there will be a pond hockey league! While you’re there, visit the brand-new Lights installation and the two new suspension bridges.
In the center of the converted pond is an on-ice Airstream, serving hot and cold beverages.
Light the Knights Festival
Light the Knights
Where: Truist Field, 324 S Mint Street, Charlotte, NC
When: November 23rd, 2022, to January 8th, 2023 (follow above link for the exact schedule.)
Cost: $25 for festival admission and skating.
What else: For the first year, Light the Knights will feature a full-size skating rink on the field, and a 6-lane snow tubing slope in the outfield. As in past years, Charlotte Christmas Village will feature festive shopping and food and drink. Santa will be there (no additional cost to get a picture with him) and, of course, there will be a light display with the city skyline as a backdrop.
Birkdale on Ice
Birkdale on Ice
Where: The Plaza at Birkdale Village, Birkdale Commons Parkway and Sam Furr Road, Huntersville, NC.
When: November 19th, 2022, to January 16th, 2023. Follow above link for hours.
Cost: $18 for adults and $14 for kids 12 and under. Includes skate rental
What else: This is the first year for this ice skating rink at Birkdale.
Founders Holiday Ice Rink in Rock Hill
Founders Holiday Ice Rink
Where: Across from Fountain Park in Rock Hill, South Carolina. Fountain Park is at 300 E Main Street, Rock Hill, SC
When: Thursday, November 17th, 2022, to Monday, January 16th, 2023
Cost: $15 for skate rental and 90 minutes on the ice
What else: The rink is covered by a large tent, so is open rain, shine and snow. But look for any changes to the schedule on the Facebook page.
Other Outdoor Ice Rinks
In past years there were several other ice rinks in the Charlotte area. If we hear about any of them taking place in 2022, we will update.
- Holidays on Ice, at NASCAR Hall of Fame
- Winter Wonderland, at SouthPark
- The Ice at Sun Valley Commons (Indian Trail)
- Ice Rink at Charlotte Motor Speedway
More Holiday Events
Check out our huge day-by-day list of holiday events in the Charlotte area or see a few here.