Skate on the big ice in December in Greenville, SC
Do you love ice skating and want a fun winter experience while playing winter sport in Greenville, SC? We have the place for you at the Bon Secours Well-Being Arena.
I can ice skate and not fall (often). I can’t stop, which means I’m eternally grateful for all the space at Arena Bon Secours and the buffets. I had lots of opportunities to practice and teach my kids a little bit about how to do on the ice at Ice skating, happening in December at the arena.
For 2021, they’ve added Santa on certain dates and Project Host hot chocolate. Read on to find out how you can enjoy the fun experience with your family.
The Bon Secours Well-Being Arena has been offering Ice Skating for several years and I have always had a great time with my family. The rink is huge – the same size they use for Swamp Rabbits hockey games – and there’s plenty of space no matter how many people are skating.
The mood is quite festive as Christmas music is pumped into the arena. Don’t hesitate to sing along to the tunes – it’s fun! Even if you suck at ice skating, you can use an ice skate that you hold onto and push in front of you as you skate. Or you know, hang on to the sides as you test your skating skills.
There are also fun sleds to pull the little ones along the ice. I tried this only for the reason of writing about it. It looked hard because you don’t have to fall yourself while dragging a child with you. It wasn’t really easy, but it wasn’t difficult either. The sleigh glided easily on the ice and the hard part was trying to make sure I didn’t hit anyone else while dragging it (mission accomplished).
You get two hours of skating with your admission so you can rest for a while and get a cookie, coffee, or hot chocolate for a few dollars that Project Host Bakery sells on-site. Love that they added this as it makes the experience even more memorable. Who doesn’t love hot chocolate?
The employees at the arena are incredibly kind and helpful. We had to change our skates several times to find the right size and they were accommodating and patient. The woman at the rink who helped people with the ice walkers was totally on top of her game, changing them quickly and helping people on and off the ice. And I had cut my finger while tying the skates to one of my children, and an employee quickly got me a bandage. Everyone was wonderful and I want to thank all of the employees who helped make this experience a good one for all involved.
Parking at the Arena
You become a VIP when you go skating at the arena, as you can park in the VIP parking lot just off Church Street. It’s exciting, I promise. And the parking is free so even better.
When you get to the field, park on the far left near the fence and look for signs for the back entrance to the arena. Don’t go up the stairs like you would for an arena event. You will descend a ramp on the left to the back entrance to the secret door and begin your adventure.
Meeting with Santa Claus
Be sure to bring your camera for a last minute photo with Santa in a festive setting. The Happy Old Elf is scheduled to be at the arena from December 20-23. You will have the chance to see it during skate hours on these dates.
ADA Skate Roll & Stroll sessions
The arena is once again offering Skate Roll & Stroll ADA sessions for 2021. These are completely free and the equipment is provided.
The dates and times for the 2021 Skate Roll & Stroll are December 20 from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and December 27 from noon to 2 p.m.
Tickets and skates
Tickets cost $ 15 per person and include skate rental. You can also bring your own skates. We saw a lot of expert skaters roaring past us who really knew what they were doing and brought their own skates.
You can buy tickets in line or just buy them when you get there. You have two full hours of skating per session, so you have plenty of time to enjoy the ice. Ice walkers and sleds are first come, first served. They have a lot of ice walkers though.
The smallest skate in the arena is a 7 small children. We have seen children as young as maybe four years old skating. It was impressive.
Big ice skating dates 2021
- December 20 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
- December 21 at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.
- December 22 at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.
- December 23 at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.
- December 26 at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.
- December 27 at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.
- December 28 at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.
- December 29 at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.
- December 30 at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.
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Bon Secours wellness arena
650 North Academy Street, Greenville