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Official Website:Boston Winter: City Hall Plaza Skating Path & Holiday Market
Location:City Hall Plaza, Boston, MA map
Dates:Friday, December 2, 2016 - Tuesday, February 28, 2017
Hours:Hours Vary see below
Ages:Toddlers, Kids, Teens, Adults
Cost:see below
Category:Seasonal Fun

Boston Winter: City Hall Plaza Skating Path & Holiday MarketThis December, City Hall Plaza will be transformed into a winter wonderland complete with a giant outdoor skating path that will circle the area.

Highlights will include New England's first, custom-designed outdoor skating path and a European inspired holiday shopping market.

Skaters of all ages are welcome to try this new twist on the traditional ice rink, a nearly 11,000 square foot outdoor ice path that will open on Friday, December 2, 2016.

The skate path will be open to the public seven days a week this winter. Bostonians and visitors alike will be dazzled by the winter activities, holiday shopping from a mix of local and international vendors, an array of hospitality experiences at the Urban Lodge, The Chocolate Story, and attractions including Santa’s House and a pedal-powered Holiday Tree.

At the outdoor holiday shopping market, visitors can experience seasonal delicacies and interactive attractions in a celebratory winter atmosphere. The market will feature a mix of local and international vendors and food and beverage offerings housed in individual chalets.

There will also be a number of learn to skate group sessions that you can register for, as well as a number of special skate events like 'Cartoon Skate' on Saturday mornings, and a 'Rock & Roll Skate' with a live DJ on Friday nights. See the schedule below:

Learn to Skate Classes
30 minute group lessons. Students will be grouped by age/ability. Skate rental included. $99.00 for a 4-week session. Saturday mornings 9:30am – 10:00am & 10:15am – 10:45am

Session 1: Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28
Session 2: Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25

Cartoon Skate on Saturday Mornings
Skate with your favorite cartoon character! Hop on the ice with skate guards dressed up in alternating character costumes during the first two hours of public skating.
Every Saturday morning starting Dec. 3rd
from 11:00am – 1:00pm

Rock ‘N Skate - Live DJ, games on ice, prizes
Every Friday night starting Dec. 2nd
from 7:00pm – 9:00pm

This is just the first installment of a three-year activation plan imagined by Boston Garden Development Corp and the City of Boston Property Management Department to revitalize and reimagine City Hall Plaza.


Sunday – Thursday 11am – 9pm
Friday and Saturday 11am – 10pm
Christmas Eve 11am – 4pm
New Year’s Eve 11am – 6pm
Closed Christmas Day
Skating Path will be open New Year’s Day - all other attractions closed


Adult Tickets $10.00 Children Tickets (ages 5-12) $8.00 Children Tickets (under 5) Free Rental Skates $6.00 Skate Sharpening (per pair) $10.00 Lockers $3.00 Skate 10 packs* $85.00


  • *Helmets are available to use for free, while supplies last.

  • *Lockers are located inside the Skating Rental tent and cost $3 to use. We recommended stowing personal items in a locker or giving them to someone to watch over, as purses and bags are not allowed on the Skating Path.

  • *Cell phones are not allowed on the Skating Path.
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