Vancouver is getting a new outdoor ice skating rink this winter

Nov 22 2018, 12:53 am

Vancouver’s list of winter activities just got a lot more magical, thanks to an outdoor skating rink that’s opening this November.

The Aurora Skating Rink, part of the city’s first-ever Aurora Winter Festival, opens on Friday, November 23.

The rink is designed to skate like a frozen river and, according to festival organizers, is the first outdoor skating rink to ever be built in the False Creek area.

It features a built-in refrigeration system, meaning real ice, even if temperatures push higher than 10°C outside.

It’s larger than the skating rink at Robson Square and includes a true open-air design.

Visitors will be able to skate around a 20-foot-tall high light sculpture, under a 50-foot-tall light dome, and past a 30-foot-tall natural Christmas tree – meaning more than enough photo-worthy opportunities.

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Aurora Winter Festival

There will also be two islands on the ice where users can take breaks and people watch. The rink is also fully licensed, meaning that drinks like mulled wine, hot apple cider, hot chocolate, and several festive cocktails will be available to enjoy.

The rink is free to skate on, however, visitors must pay general admission to enter the Aurora Winter Festival. Skates can be rented or brought from home.

Other attractions of the festival include a 200-foot-long tubing park and a 60-foot Ferris wheel, to name a few.

The Aurora Winter Festival runs from Friday, November 23 to Sunday, December 30, 2018. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door.

Aurora Winter Festival

When: Friday, November 23 to Sunday, December 30, 2018

Where: Concord Pacific Place, Vancouver

Tickets: Tickets start at $14.99 for children and seniors, $19.99 for general admission

Outside of the free nights, tube park rides will cost extra and tickets will be available on site.

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Daily Hive is a proud media sponsor of the Aurora Winter Festival.

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