Ice Skating in the Upstate

Nothing says the holidays like donning thin blades of steel and hitting the ice outdoors. With cooler temperatures during the winter months, outdoor ice rinks have grown in popularity over the years—even in the South. This family-friendly activity is fun for all ages and with several Upstate locations, is sure to be a hit.


This is the first year for the Holiday Ice at Carolina Wren Park in downtown Anderson. The popular spray plaza has been converted into a synthetic ice rink open now until mid-January.

Hours: Weather permitting, Monday thru Thursday, 11 a.m. until 9 p.m. with no timed sessions; Friday and Saturday timed sessions from 11 a.m. until 10 p.m., Sunday timed sessions from 1:30 p.m. until 7 p.m. Ages 12 and under must be accompanied by parent or guardian. Under age 18 will not be allowed after dark without parent or guardian supervision. Special hours for holidays.

Cost: $5 adults; $3 children under 12, seniors, and military personnel.



Downtown Spartanburg’s Skating on the Square, is back for its third season. The open air ice rink is located at Morgan Square and attracts thousands of skaters each year.

Hours: Monday–Thursday: 12 p.m.–9 p.m.; Friday, noon–10 p.m.; Saturday, 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sunday, noon–8 p.m. Special hours for holidays.

Cost: $10 per person. Price includes skate rental.



Modeled after New York’s Rockefeller Center and kicking off its fifth season, United Community Bank Ice on Main, located in downtown Greenville, is a holiday favorite and a tradition for many families.

Hours: Monday–Thursday: 2 p.m.–9 p.m.; Friday and Saturday, 11 a.m.–10 p.m.; Sunday, 11 a.m.- 9 p.m. Special hours for holidays and school breaks.

Cost: $10 adults; $8 children 12 and under. Price includes skate rental.


Also in Greenville, if outdoor ice skating isn’t your cup of tea, the Bon Secours Wellness Arena offers Skating on the Big Ice presented by the Greenville Water System through Dec. 31. Skaters can use the same ice on the indoor arena as the Greenville Swamp Rabbits Hockey team.

Hours: Monday thru Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; weekend hours vary.

Cost: $7 for ages 7 and older; $5 for ages 6 and under; $3 skate rental fee.

Fountain Inn

Fountain Inn has been celebrating the holiday season for the past 25 years with its Spirit of Christmas Past Festival. Included in the celebration is an open-air ice rink located at the Farmers Market area on Depot Street in downtown Fountain Inn.

Hours: 5:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. every night through Dec .19.

Cost: $7 per person, per hour, includes skate rental. $5 per person per hour with own skates.


Photo credits: Banner, bottom right: Ice on Main; Upper right: Spartanburg Skating on the Square; Center left: Bon Secours Arena

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