Four Pop-Up Skating Rinks to Visit Over the Holidays


Skaters enjoy the Caesars Chalet Ice Rink. Photo by Erik Kabik.

Whether it’s artificial or authentic, there’s nothing like taking your first gliding steps onto a freshly-smoothed sheet of ice. The number of temporary rinks in town has grown in the last few years, with Caesars Palace and Gold Spike being the latest properties to debut their pop-ups this past week. You’ve got plenty of options, so before you lace up your skates, check out our breakdown of the coolest rinks in town.

The Venetian

First opened in 2011, the veteran of the list is the faux-ice platform that floats atop the canal at The Venetian. The rink returns this season, offering one-hour sessions at $9.95 for locals and Grazie cardholders and $14.95 otherwise, including skate rental.

Best…location. The skating area edges up against the sidewalk, meaning easy access and incredible views of the Strip’s glittering lights. (At The Venetian, skating sessions on the hour 3:15-10:15 p.m. daily through Jan. 5,

Caesars Palace

Located across from the infamous Absinthe tent, Caesars Chalet is a 2,100 square foot, LED-lit, real ice rink. Skating is offered in 30-minute sessions for $11, or $10 with a Total Rewards card; skate rentals are an additional $5.

Best…for the inexperienced ice shredder. Trained skaters will be on site to demonstrate their skill or help you up if you fall. (At Caesars Palace, 11 a.m.- 12:30 a.m. daily through Jan. 5,

The Cosmopolitan  

On top of the now covered Boulevard Pool, the pop-up rink at The Cosmopolitan reps 3,500 square feet of authentic ice. All-day skating access is $10 for locals and $15 for non-residents.

Best…spot for socializing. Admission to the deck that surrounds the rink is free, fire pits are available with a reservation, and given the seasonal snacks, cozy cocktail menu and programming such as Date Skate Mondays—when holiday movies are projected on the 65-foot marquee—it’s not a bad spot just to pass the hours. (At the Cosmopolitan, 3 p.m.-12 a.m. Mon-Fri, noon-12 a.m. Sat-Sun through Jan. 5,

Gold Spike

Off the Strip, Gold Spike has jumped on the bandwagon with a 4,400-square-foot rink, “Cold Spike,” on their patio. All-day skating is $10 and skate rental is $5. Hot cocoa—of the non-alcoholic and spiked varieties—are available for purchase and there are fire pits aplenty to keep you and your s’mores nice and toasty.

Best… for skating after the season’s over. When winter wraps up, Gold Spike plans to transform the ice rink into a roller rink. (217 Las Vegas Boulevard North, 12 p.m.- Sun-Weds, 12 p.m.-1 a.m. Thurs-Sat,