mpls winterskate information

keep informed on the mpls winterskate schedule

The Mpls WinterSkate ice rink will return to Loring Park for the 2018-19 winter season. In order to best keep the Loring Park community informed about all events, activities and logistics regarding the skating rink throughout the year. In order to ensure complete transparency, this webpage will provide you a hub that you can reference to know when things will be taking place regarding load-in, events and programming, and load-out this winter.

If you have any questions, concerns or feedback regarding the Mpls WinterSkate rink, we invite you to email us at [email protected]. This will be the best course of action to ensure your voice is heard and responses happen in a timely fashion.

We also welcome you to fill out our brief 2018 Mpls WinterSkate survey to help inform us about who is using the rink and your experiences with it in Loring Park.


Below is a brief overview of Mpls WinterSkate:

2017-18 Total skaters: 23,880

2017-18 Number of skating rink attendees: 250,000+

2017-18 Number of rental skates available: 300

2017-18 Number of days open: 108

Community group participants & outreach: Figure Skating Club of Minneapolis, Minneapolis Public Schools, St. Louis Park high school boys’ hockey team, Minneapolis youth hockey organizations, DinoMights hockey club, Twin Cities Moms Blog, Kinship of Greater Mpls, Emerson School, Let’s Play Hockey, and more.

Inclusivity and accessibility: Mpls WinterSkate strives to provide a fun, free location for the community and beyond to enjoy. All ages and abilities are welcome. The rink offers opportunities for new skaters to learn through free lessons or use training equipment to help keep skaters on their feet.

hours of operation

standard warming house hours: Nov. 23 – March 3

2018-19 Warming House courtesy of CenterPoint Energy Hours are:

Monday-Friday: 3-9 pm

Saturday: 9 am-9 pm

Sunday: 10 am-6 pm


Holidazzle operating hours (Nov. 23 – Dec. 23)

Thursdays: 5 pm – 9 pm

Fridays: 5 pm – 10 pm

Saturdays: 11 am – 10 pm

Sundays: 11 am – 7 pm

holiday and school release schedule


Dec. 24 (12-4 pm), Dec. 31 & Jan 1 (12-6 pm)

Minneapolis School Release Days (12-9 pm)

26-Dec. 28, Jan 2-Jan 4, Jan 21, Jan 24-25, Feb. 15, Feb. 18

Closed: Dec. 25


Mpls WinterSkate event schedule

Holidazzle: Nov. 23-Dec. 23 (Thursdays-Sundays)

Military and Veterans Appreciation Night: December 19 (6 pm)

Friday Fitness Skates: Jan. 4, 11, 18 & 25 (3 pm-9 pm)

Skating Lessons: Jan. 8 & 22, Feb. 5 & 19

Drag Queen Skating Shows: Jan. 12, Feb. 2

Make & Take Craft Day w/ free cocoa: Jan. 14 & Feb. 18

Hockey Day in MN: Jan. 19

Movie Skates: Feb. 1, 8, 15, 22 (6-8 pm)

Mascot Skate: Feb. 9

Final day: March 3


Additional Information for Holidazzle event

Live entertainment during various operating hours

Beer and hard cider sales during all operating hours

Five fireworks shows at 7 pm

Friday, November 23

Saturdays, December 1, 8, 15, and 22

Private security will be on site for event 24 hours, 7 days a week during non-operating hours

Minneapolis Park & Recreation Police on-site during event hours

Loring Park Load-In Schedule


Beginning of November:

Start ice rink site prep, sandbox load-in

Week of November 5:

Ice rink installed

RPZ installed on city fire hydrant

Lighting adjusted by MPRB on shuffle board courts

Week of November 12:

Chiller arrives on-site

CenterPoint Energy turns on meters, lines in place

Twinkle lights installed

November 19-21 (Monday-Wednesday)

Final rink prep and ice build

Friday, November 23:

Mpls WinterSkate opens

12 pm – Mpls WinterSkate begins

Holidazzle opens

5:00 pm – Holidazzle begins

7:00 pm – Fireworks

10:00 pm – Warming House closes

Early March:

Mpls WinterSkate rink closes

Early April:

Rink natural melting of ice complete and final load-out of rink and equipment

**In addition to the Mpls WinterSkate build-out, there will also be Holidazzle build-out beginning in mid-October until Thanksgiving, including: load-in of Holidazzle infrastructure, security on site, vehicle in park overnight, operational equipment loaded in, dumpsters placed, stages build out, event perimeter fencing, begin electrical work, decor, load-in and load-out.