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Free ice skating returns to Downtown Vancouver after one-year hiatus

This year the rink comes with an all-new skate rental and café! ⛸☕❄
Ice skating at Robson Square’s rink in downtown Vancouver. V.I.A. file photo

It’s finally that time of year again to renew a classic Vancouver tradition and have some good old-fashioned fun.

On Dec. 2 the Robson Square ice rink will open once more to the public after a year-long hiatus. The best part? It only costs the skates on your feet. This year the rink will feature an all-new skate rental complete with a skate dryer as well as a heated outdoor patio. There’s also a new café at the rink to complete the night with a cup of hot chocolate. 

While there’s no admission fee, skate rental costs $5, ice cleat rental is $2 and skate sharpening is $5. Helmets are free of charge.

The rink is open Sunday to Thursday from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Holiday hours are as follows:

Christmas Eve (Dec. 24)
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Christmas Day (Dec. 25)
11:00 AM to 5 p.m.
Boxing Day (Dec. 26)
9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
New Year’s Eve (Dec. 31)
9 a.m. to 11 p.m. 
New Year’s Day (Jan. 1)
9 a.m. to 11 p.m.

The rink will also be hosting a Twelve Days of Christmas live music lineup starting on Dec. 13. For a complete list of the acts and the dates they will be performing, you can check out the Robson Square website.