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 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


Loring Park Load-Out Schedule


Beginning March 4, wrapped up by mid-April

Note that record February snowfall totals as well as daily weather conditions will play a role in length of load out.

**Load out of Rink area equipment, including chiller, dasherboards, and storage container

**Load out of Warming House Tent

**Load out of rink sandbox base

**Final cleanup of WinterSkate rink area

**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.