You Have a Date with Some Skates

Explore ice skating and hot chocolate at The Pond at Southlands this winter season.

Winter is here! Time to strap on your ice skates and enjoy the holiday season. Before you head out the door, here’s everything you need to know about Aurora’s seasonal rink, The Pond at Southlands.

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It’s perfect for families and friends

The Pond at Southlands is a place of gathering. With lots of events throughout the holiday season, including the annual tree lighting complete with live performances, it’s great for entertaining. The kid-friendly atmosphere rings true as children (and adults) of all ages are encouraged to skate. If you’re really lucky, you may even catch Santa on a pair of ice skates!

Feel free to bring your own ice skates

If you’re a seasoned skater, chances are you already own a pair of ice skates. The Pond permits visitors to bring their own skates, but if you’re new to the winter sport, rentals are only $2.50 per pair. Admission for the day is $8.50 per adult and $3.50 for children 3 and under. More info on rentals and hours can be found on their website.

It’s open on the most magical of days

Nothing is more breathtaking than snowfall on Christmas Eve. Create your own holiday tradition by ice skating under the twinkling lights this Christmas or New Year’s Eve. The Pond is open Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve. You can check out the full list of hours on their website.

There are lots of things to do

There are two types of people: those who enjoy skating and those who don’t. Never fear, there’s plenty to keep everyone occupied! Warm-up with a hot chocolate from nearby Legends Coffee Co. or grab a bite to eat at one of the dozen restaurants near and around the rink. You can even finish up some last-minute Christmas shopping to ensure you’ve got something for everyone on your list.

The Pond isn’t just here for the holiday season, ice skaters and spectators are encouraged to take advantage all winter long! The rink is open until February, making it the perfect way to slide into the new year.



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