Where to Ice Skate This Holiday Season

Remember the days when the Lake Forest Plaza shopping mall in New Orleans East used to have an ice skating rink? Although the Plaza eventually shut its doors, that doesn't mean we have to give up the dream of ice skating in our fair city. 

With the holidays approaching, the wintertime activity makes a return to the area. Here are a few rinks you can slide to this holiday season.

NOLA Christmas Fest

The family-friendly indoor Christmas festival at the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center features an ice skating rink. The 52-foot by 140-foot indoor rink is open from Dec. 21 to Dec. 31.  You can bring your own skates or use the ones that are provided on site. Socks are required to secure skates. Parents are welcome to bring helmets for their kids. Private skating lessons are available as well.

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Kenner Christmas Village

The Kenner Christmas Village relocates to Kenner City Park this year and includes an ice skating rink. The village opens Wednesdays through Fridays from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. It opens Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 8 p.m. Christmas Village admission is free.

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Ice Skating on the River

The Raising Cane’s River Center in Baton Rouge transforms into a winter wonderland for the holidays. From December 22 through January 1, guests can purchase a 75-minute skating session for $12 per person. Session times vary by day.

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Leo's Iceland Ice Skating and Hockey Complex

Leo’s Iceland in Baton Rouge has an Olympic size ice rink that is open to the public on weekends and during the holidays. The fee is $12 for anyone 9 years and older and $8 for kids 8 and under.

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Ice Skating at the Coliseum

If you’re looking for a road trip, head to the Gulf Coast for ice skating at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. Twelve dollars will get you a 90-minute session at this rink. The fee includes a rental pair of skates.

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