Have a Merry Time Ice Skating in North Carolina

Don’t let a little frost and chill in the air keep you from exploring North Carolina. In anticipation for the holiday season, Expedia.com wants to help you discover some of the many great places across our state to celebrate the onset of winter. And what’s particularly desirable are the attractions that are only available during this time of year and that make the season more festive, perhaps none more so than skating on ice.

1 Dates and Skates

1 Dates and Skates

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It takes a lot to be lured out into the chilly temperatures, but Holiday on Ice in Charlotte makes putting on your mittens totally worth it. Each holiday season, Ceremonial Plaza at the NASCAR Hall of Fame transforms into a 7,000-square-foot ice rink. Beginning Nov. 16, 2018, the rink welcomes you to practice your axels and sip hot chocolate with a view of the Uptown skyline. The venue is hosting a number of special events, including skate sessions with the Charlotte Checkers hockey team and photo ops with Santa. Bring your sweetie to the “Ultimate Date Night,” or pack a tiara with your child for the “Princess Party.” Skate passes are good for the entire day, as the rink accepts same-day re-entry.

2 Carols and Sleds

2 Carols and Sleds

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The capital city is all about extending the holiday cheer. The Raleigh Winterfest is celebrating the season with a skating rink that’s open for several weeks (dates to be announced). The outdoor rink is the main attraction, but there are several festivities that occur on and off the ice. In past years, dressed-up carolers have sung at the rink, while children slid down sledding ramps and visited with Santa. During the special Winterfest Celebration, you'll be able to participate in the gingerbread house contest, enjoy carnival rides and watch the mayor's tree lighting ceremony.

3 Ice Slides and the Electric Slide

3 Ice Slides and the Electric Slide

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Instead of fighting the low temperatures this winter season, embrace them. Bundle up and head to the Piedmont Winterfest in downtown Greensboro, taking place at LeBauer Park. Glide down an ice slide and let your kiddos go wild in the snow play box. There’s even an ice rink, which lets you rock those figure eights. To really show off your moves though, lace up your skates on Friday and Saturday nights for dance music with synchronized disco lights at the rink. This two-and-a-half month winter wonderland runs from Nov. 16, 2018, through Jan. 27, 2019.

4 Tree Lights and Boat Parades

4 Tree Lights and Boat Parades

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Historic downtown Edenton is no stranger to holiday festivities, and each year seems to get more spectacular. The city hosts Christmas events throughout December, including a tree-lighting celebration, candlelight tour, performances of A Christmas Carol, a visit from Santa Claus and more. A couple of years ago, the town added an ice skating rink and flotilla to the annual celebrations. The flotilla, which is a decorated boat parade, will begin at 6 p.m. on Nov. 30, 2018. Do some laps around the ice and then score a good view of the decked-out boats floating down the water.

This season, bring the holiday cheer out on the ice. Pack your favorite beanie, slip into some skates and hit the rinks.

Updated November 16, 2018
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