Tis the season for ice skating!

Can’t make it to Rockefeller Center this holiday season?  Don’t worry!  The Avalon ice skating rink is a Rockefeller inspired ice skating rink at Avalon in Alpharetta.  The family-friendly outdoor ice rink opens in mid-November and runs through mid-January.

With shops and delicious Avalon restaurants all around it, it’s easy to make a day of it too.  It’s the season to lace up those skates, and glide into the holiday!

Avalon Mall


Avalon on Ice, the Avalon ice skating rink, is located in the Avalon Mall shopping district amid tons of twinkling lights. 

This year, ice skating will be open to the public Nov. 21, 2021 through Jan. 17, 2022.  Hours vary by day of the week and school holidays.

General admission tickets are $18 per adult and $14 per child under nine, including skates.  

Guests will want to book ice skating reservations in advance to ensure a skating time slot. Walk-ups are also welcome, but they cannot guarantee you will be able to skate at that time if you choose to go that route.

For group rates and specialty skating opportunities, visit their website!

The rink itself sits in front of the movie theater. There are benches around one side of the rink if you want to watch, or there is a bar-type set up behind the rink fence that is a perfect place to enjoy a hot coffee from Goldberg’s and watch the skaters.

There is also a cushy couch in front of a warm fireplace off to the side. A perfect place to warm up and get into the holiday spirit while the kids skate. Here are seven other reasons I think Avalon Mall is one of the better places for ice skating in Atlanta.


Zamboni Ice Repair. Ice in Georgia is a spotty thing, even during the holiday season. If it’s too warm, it doesn’t freeze well, and gets chopped up pretty easily. The Avalon ice skating rink has its own Zamboni to smooth out the ice and they do it quite often. In the two hours we were there, they had the Zamboni out twice. It’s always more fun to skate on smooth ice.

Warm Bathrooms. This ice skating rink is very family friendly. There are nice, warm bathrooms around the corner, next to the movie theater.

Soft Playground. Next to the bathrooms is a soft play area for little ones who aren’t big enough to skate, or who have tired of the cold. There is an indoor area with garage doors that can open up to more climbing obstacles outside. The entire area is fence with only one way in or out.

Free Parking. Parking is free in a deck on the side of the movie theater. There is also valet right in front of the rink.

Shopping. After taking some pictures and watching the boys, I slipped away for a few minutes to window shop the Avalon stores. I could have done some all out buying if I’d had more time.  It’s easy to get in the holiday spirit at Avalon!

Avalon Restaurants. There are lots of different restaurants in Avalon for any taste at Avalon. Many are local chains with only two or three locations around the city, including some of my favorites from in-town like Antico Pizza and Bocado Burgers. 

Close Proximity to 400. The Avalon is conveniently located just off Georgia 400, so it’s easy to get there.


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