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You can lace up to ice skate at 2 outdoor venues this season

Ice skating is available on the Upper Pond of the Whitewater Center. It’s open to all ages and experience levels. Birkdale Village is trying out an ice rink this year, too. Photo Whitewater Center.

Nov. 1. By TL Bernthal. Two outdoor ice-skating rinks will be open to the public this season.

A first-ever rink at Birkdale Village joins the Whitewater Center with ice skating starting this month.

The rink at Birkdale Village will open Saturday, Nov. 19 and run through Monday, Jan. 16. The Whitewater Center skating will be available mid-November through mid-February.

There will not be a skating rink at Christmas in Davidson this year, according to Amanda Preston, Davidson communications manager.

Birkdale on Ice

Guests will need to book reservations in advance to ensure a skating time slot on the 4,160-square-foot rink on The Plaza. The big screen will not be showing football games or movies while the rink is operating.

Walk-ups will be accommodated as openings permit. Tickets will be available soon; check the website and concierge at 704-817-2400.

The rink will be open 3-10 pm Monday-Friday; 10 am – 10 pm Saturdays; noon – 7 pm Sunday.

Holiday hours will be 10 am – 10 pm Nov. 21-25, Dec. 20-Jan. 3 and Jan. 16.


General admission: $18/person includes skates (plus tax);

$14/children 12 years old and younger includes skates (plus tax).

Tickets are for a 75-minute skate session.

Check in at the concierge desk.

Watch the weather

All ticket sales at Birkdale are final, no refunds or transfers.  Ice conditions may vary because of the weather.

Whitewater Center

The Whitewater Center’s ice rink consists of over 24,000 square feet of skating space split into four distinct skating areas, including two ice trails and two free skate zones.


A single activity pass is $25. Skate rentals are included in pass purchase. Check-in is at the River Center.

Pond hockey 

A new 3 vs 3 adult Pond Hockey league is in the work at the Whitewater Center, to start in early January and run through mid-February. Sign up to join the recreational division or compete in the competitive division for top honors. A playoff bracket will crown the inaugural league champions.

Map showing new ice trails at the Whitewater Center.