The Inner Harbor’s Ice Rink Reopens for the Season Today

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Just in time for Baltimore’s first freeze of the season, ice skating is back in the Inner Harbor.

The Pandora Ice Rink reopened this afternoon at 2 p.m., and will be operational through Jan. 15, 2018. The Waterfront Partnership co-hosted a grand reopening party with free hot chocolate and cookies – plus, the first 100 attendees got in for free.

Skating costs $10 for adults, $9 for children, veterans and active military members, and another $14 for rental skates. (Vets and military get in free tomorrow in celebration of Veteran’s Day.)

The rink stays open from noon through 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, noon to 11 p.m. on Fridays, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Saturdays and 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Sundays. Hours differ on some holidays; click here to check.

The city used to set the rink up at Rash Field, but it stopped offering the attraction in the mid-2000’s. It returned again in 2014 following a 10-year absence thanks to sponsorship from Pandora, the jewelry firm with its name atop the 24-floor high-rise in the harbor.After a year at McKeldin Square, the organizers moved it closer to the water, upping its size to 6,000 square feet in the process.

Activities planned there this year include a number of appearances from Santa in early December, Ugly Sweater Day on Dec. 16, a New Year’s Eve late-night skating sesh to bring in 2018, a benefit event for the Special Olympics of Maryland on Jan. 3, the family-centric “Frost Fest” on Jan. 10, an special occasion where children can dress like princesses while skating on Jan. 13, and a glow party to close out the season on Jan. 15.

The rink’s return today precedes the arrival of the fifth annual German Christmas Village, housed between the Maryland Science Center and the Visitor’s Center in the harbor. The village will be open starting Thursday, Nov. 23, and run through Christmas Eve.

Ethan McLeod
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