It’s time to dust off those ice skates — the PANDORA Ice Rink at the Inner Harbor is OPEN and has lots of (cool) things planned for the holiday season. 

Located between the Harborplace Pavilions, the rink is open for posted hours during the week and for extended hours on holidays. It’s the perfect keep-em-busy activity for those days off of school, early evenings or weekend adventures. (Ice skating under the stars and city lights followed by a cup of cocoa from the Christmas Village? It’s the stuff holiday memories are made of!). Regular admission is $9-$10 plus $4 for skate rental. Season passes are available for $150.

Have a membership to Port Discovery or the National Aquarium? You get to skate at a reduced rate! Show your membership card at the ice rink and enjoy a special $10 rate (includes admission & skate rental).

Most notable this year is the addition of The Penguin Pad. Presented by WhyHotel and located directly next to the rink, the area allows skaters to take a break, warm up next to fire pits and enjoy the waterfront views.

“We’ve made the ice rink bigger and better this year with more spaces to hang out, play, eat and enjoy the holiday season,” said Laurie Schwartz, president of the Waterfront Partnership. “It’s a magical time to be downtown; with its harbor views, the new Penguin Pad and exciting events, the PANDORA Ice Rink has something for everyone and many reasons to visit the rink throughout the season.”

The full lineup of programming for the 2018-2019 season includes favorites like Skatefest and Glow Party, as well as new events like Chanukah On Ice, National Christmas Card Day, Skating with Santa and Skate with a Superhero.

Grab your wooly mittens, fuzzy cap, and head to the rink this holiday season!

December Special Events & Programs

Chanukah On Ice
December 2 | 2:30 – 5 PM

Skate to Chanukah music then head to McKeldin Square for the Chanukah festival and menorah lighting at 5:00pm.

Skating with Santa
Every Sunday afternoon in December
December 2 | 12 PM – 2 PM
December 9, 16, 23 |  1 PM – 3 PM

Bring the kids and ice skate with Santa every Sunday afternoon in December! Please bring your own camera to take a memorable photograph with Santa. Rink admission is required to skate with Santa.

Cocoa & Lattes with the Dunkin’ Donuts Community Cruiser
Every Tuesday in December | 6 PM – 8:30 PM

Sample hot lattes and hot chocolate at the Dunkin’ Donuts Community Cruiser. Rest your feet, sit back and enjoy a hot beverage at the Penguin Pad.

National Christmas Card Day
December 9 | 1 PM – 3 PM

Write a Christmas card, make a wish list and skate with Santa. Rink admission is required to skate with Santa.

College Night
December 22 | 6 PM – 8 PM

Sport your university swag and bring your college ID for a free skate rental.

(Cool) Tips

  • Skate rentals are hockey skates and generally speaking, you’ll want to rent two sizes down. The smallest skate size is a youth size 9 and the largest skate size is an adult size 13.
  • Reserve parking before you go! Park across the street from the ice rink for only $9. Pre-book your parking using the widget on their website and have a guaranteed parking space waiting for you when you arrive.
  • They do not provide helmets, so if you have a new skater, you may want to bring your own.
  • Restrooms are available in the Harborplace Pavilions. For a map of restroom locations, click here.

Pandora Ice Rink


Editor’s Note: This article is sponsored by Waterfront Partnership.