Even if you can’t fly off to a winter wonderland this Christmas, there’s plenty of alternative ways to spend Christmas, whether as an expat or a local, like skating! Whether on the ice or off, you can’t deny the feeling of exhilaration as the world speeds by. This popular sport isn’t limited to the holiday season thanks to indoor skating rinks, but if you haven’t checked out these skating rinks yet, now’s definitely the time to give it a go! Unfortunately, we’ve had to bid a premature farewell to the skating rink at Marina Bay Sands, but we’re welcoming a new interactive light display on 22 December, ‘Digital Light Canvas’. With that said, it’s time to pull on a pair of long trousers, a windbreaker or thin jacket, gloves, a pair of socks and skates (if you own a pair) and hit the ice. Better be quick, the ice is melting fast!
Kallang Ice World
Glide onto the rink at Kallang Ice World for an authentic on-ice experience. As the largest skating rink in Singapore, Kallang Ice World is a popular destination for both professional and non-professional skaters. With free support frames for kids and skating courses for anyone and everyone, you’ll be zooming across the ice in no time. Kallang Ice World is also available as a venue to book that extra special birthday party for the kids and it’s an ideal venue for performances and competitions. So if you prefer taking a backseat to the action, there’s prime seats in the viewing gallery.
Tickets cost $14 per adult ($5 every extra hour), $12 per child ($4 every extra hour), $13 per student ($4 every extra hour), for two hours, $3 for admission to viewing gallery
Opening times: Sun to Thurs: 10am–10pm; Fri, Sat, eve of public holidays: 10am–12am; Public holidays: 9am–10pm
Leisure Park Kallang, 5 Stadium Walk, Singapore 397693, p. 6348 1347, e. email@example.com
The Rink at JCube
Located on Level 3 of the bustling JCube, The Rink is one of the more popular ice rinks in Singapore. On top of having real ice, there’s skating aids for all ages. The Seal aid is a little bit pricier but it’s worth it for giving the kids a ride on top of keeping you upright (and it’s cute to boot!). While it does get pretty busy with ice hockey tournaments and training sessions for the National Skating Association, there’s a helpful schedule on the website to let you know when the rink is open for public freestyle skating sessions. Tickets are for two hours each with extra skating time calculated at every extra half hour. There are mascots ready to take wefies with you and disco nights every Friday and Saturday at 9.45pm. With the 460-seat gallery and plenty of rink-side eateries, there’s no way the kids will want to leave. Plus, if they’re really keen, they can ask their school to book a skate program as a CCA. Psst, watch out for Christmas activities happening this December with ball pits and fishing, and even skating under the snowfall on 24 and 25 December!
Tickets cost: $14 per adult ($3.50 every extra 30min), $12 per child 3-12yrs ($3 every extra 30min), for two hours; subject to festive surcharges, $3.50 for admission to viewing gallery
Opening Hours: Sun-Thurs: 9:30am – 9:30pm, Fri-Sat: 9:30am –11:45pm, check the public skating calendar for public skating sessions.
The Rink@JCube, 2 Jurong East Central 1, JCube Shopping Mall Level 3, Singapore 609731, p. 6684 2375
For the month of December, get a wholly unique ice-skating experience when you Skate under the stars at Christmas Wonderland at Gardens by the Bay. Imported straight from Switzerland, this will be Singapore’s biggest outdoor skating rink yet, open to the public at The Meadow and framed by stunning luminarie light sculptures. For crowd control purposes, each session is limited to half an hour and priority is given to children (sorry, mums and dads).
Tickets cost $10 per adult, $8 per child (4-12 years old).
Opening times: 1 – 26 December, 4:30pm to 11pm daily
Prefer to stay on solid ground? No problem! Although there are no more roller rinks in Singapore, there’s plenty of skate parks to do crazy tricks at or Singapore’s prettiest parks where you can admire the flowers as you zoom by. Explore Singapore’s greenery in the comfort of your own set of wheels, or hire your gear from skate shops scattered around the island.
Ever wanted to try an electric scooter? Rent one for 24 hours at $36 and pick it up from the shop or arrange to have it dropped off at your home. Skateline also offers inline skating lessons for beginners and even private lessons for families and friends. Don’t miss the inline skating holiday camps for kids this December.
Skateline, Branches at Ang Mo Kio, Pasir Ris Sports & Recreation Centre and Peninsula Shopping Centre, p. 6289 0021, e. firstname.lastname@example.org; skateline.com.sg
Rent a pair of inline skates and bring them anywhere in Singapore to skate. Rent is charged per hour, or even a whole day. You can rent the full set including helmet, skates and gear for $25 for one day. Remember to bring your IC or passport when you rent.
Inlinex Henderson, 201 Henderson Road, #07-05 Apex, Singapore 159545, p. 6858 2887; www.inlinex.com.sg
Not only does Inline Culture offer skate lessons for a variety of occasions including school programs and corporate events, it also teaches skating in different styles (freestyle, speed, hockey, slalom etc.)
Inline Culture, East Coast Park, Carpark C3, 1018 East Coast Parkway, Singapore 449877, p. 6344 5522, e. email@example.com, www.inlineculture.com.sg
Got a free weekend? Pick up inline skating at just $5 per lesson with Exis and learn better techniques for stopping and turning in the company of other skating enthusiasts or just friends and family.
East Coast Park, Car Park F1; Sengkang, Hard Court Opp Anchorvale CC; Choa Chu Kang Park, Hard Court; Pinnacle@Duxton, Level 3, Open Space Between Blk 1A and 1B.
p. 9137 7664, e. firstname.lastname@example.org, www.exis.sg
If the kids are vying to be the next Tony Hawk, Skatesports offers skateboarding lessons as well as skate party packages for kids. Suitable for kids five to 13 years old, Skatesports uses a ‘games approach’ to instill values and intrinsic motivation for kids to help them have fun, learn and stay fit.
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