Portland lore tells of winters so frigid that the Willamette River froze several inches deep, transforming into a natural outdoor ice skating rink. Today’s Rose City winters are milder than yesteryear, but several manmade rinks keep the tradition of ice skating in Portland alive, complete with holiday festivities and winter charm.
Year-Round Indoor Ice Skating Rinks
Lloyd Center Ice Rink
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Insider tip: Head to the rink on Friday and Saturday nights for “Rock ‘N Skate,” where a live DJ performs for the skaters from 5:30–7:30 p.m.
Since 1960, generations of Portlanders have learned to skate at Lloyd Center Ice Rink — including infamous Olympian Tonya Harding. And thanks to an extensive 2016 remodel, the newly upgraded rink is now better than ever. It’s open year-round but is merriest during the holidays when a giant Christmas tree stands proudly at center ice. Skate around it a few dozen times, then shop till you drop at the surrounding Lloyd Center Mall.
Winterhawks Skating Center
A quick 15-minute drive to the Portland suburb of Beaverton delivers skaters and hockey lovers to the Winterhawks Skating Center. The rink serves as the official practice and development facility of the Portland Winterhawks, an American major junior ice hockey team that plays their home games in Portland’s Moda Center and Memorial Coliseum. But you don’t need to be a pro skater to have fun here — public skate sessions are open to all, and children 5 and younger get in free!
Sherwood Ice Arena
Located 30 minutes southwest of Portland, the Sherwood Ice Arena offers daily public sessions and fun events. Take advantage of the weekly “date night special” every Friday evening.
Portland Winter Light Festival
Brighten your February with glowing sculptures and thousands of twinkling lights at Portland’s annual Winter Lights Festival.
Mount Hood offers scenic recreation ranging from camping, hiking and fishing to nearly year-round skiing.
Portland Winterhawks WHL Hockey
The Western Hockey League’s Portland Winterhawks may not boast big-name talent, but make no mistake — the NHL starts here.
Portland Holiday Events
Like an Advent calendar loaded with sugary treats, the days leading up to Christmas in Portland hold an abundance of sweet memories.
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