Holidays are about giving, family, and joy—and falling flat on the ice. Dress in your coziest mitts and coats to brave the chill while slip, slide, or (hopefully!) glide around these indoor or outdoor rinks.
546 Constitution Ave. NW
Glide across the ice among larger-than-life works by Sol LeWitt and Roxy Paine at this atmospheric ice rink on the National Mall.
3050 K St. NW
The largest rink in DC rests right on the Potomac River—and is surrounded by shops for last-minute gifts.
200 M St. SE
960 Wharf St. SW
The newest neighborhood development is pulling out all the stops for holiday cheer, including this small rink right on the water. Note: They only accept card payment, and are open Saturdays.
2650 Virginia Ave. NW
If you think skating along a waterfront is pretty, try gliding 157 feet up on the hotel’s rooftop. A skate-up bar can help calm a fear of heights.
2401 M St. NW
The tiny rink fills the hotel courtyard, featuring fire pits and festive decorations.
3997 Ely Pl. SE
This indoor rink—with classes and camps for kids—offers regular public skating hours on weekends and weekdays.
8523 Fenton St., Silver Spring
Skate under the rainbow lights until midnight on Friday and Saturday nights at this outdoor rink.
131 Gibbs St., Rockville MD
Surround yourself with decorated trees and, if you’re a regular, enjoy season passes or a group discount.
1961 Chain Bridge Rd., McLean VA
Take a break from your holiday shopping and skate with the family. If your kids need assistance, snowman and penguin pals are available, too.
1818 Discovery St., Reston VA
Twinkling lights adorn the moon-roof-like pavilion—it’ll feel like you’re skating under the stars, even if it’s cloudy out.
1201 S. Joyce St., Arlington VA
This rink is the largest in Northern Virginia, featuring a stone fireplace where you can lounge when you need a breather (or some warmth).
5211 Campus Dr., College Park MD
A 600-seat ice arena in College Park offers a place to skate October through April.
10610 Westlake Dr., Rockville MD
This Montgomery Parks-run rink is a year-round classic, popular with families and high schoolers.
13800 Old Gunpowder Rd., Laurel MD
Children can learn to skate at this ice arena, which also hosts kid and adult hockey leagues.
50 Southlawn Ct., Rockville MD
In addition to hockey leagues, this ice arena offers public skate and “stick times” for games.
2017 Belle View Blvd., Alexandria VA
Fairfax County’s only publicly-owned indoor ice arena operates year-round for kids and adults alike.
9201 Center St., Manassas VA
A pretty outdoor pavilion in historic downtown Manassas transforms into an ice rink for winter, complete with music and twinkling lights.
1800 Michael Faraday Ct., Reston VA
There’s plenty to do at this indoor ice arena, which offers public skate sessions that include a DJ on Friday nights.
627 N. Glebe Rd., Arlingont VA
This “iceplex” is home to the Caps training rink, but anyone can head over for public skate sessions, pick-up hockey, and broomball.
3779 Pickett Rd., Fairfax VA
A busy ice arena offering public skating for the whole family.
21595 Smith Switch Rd., Ashburn VA
“Where Ashburn skates” is the slogan for this community-oriented rink, offering hockey (league and pick-up), parties, and public sessions.