'Tis the season for pop-up ice skating in Shanghai. Here are three places around town for open-air ice skating. The first two are good for families and younger skaters just starting out. Check out that last one for a larger rink.
Changfeng Joy City
Duration: November 26, 2021 to February 28th, 2022
Hours: 10am-10pm (last entry: 8.30pm)
Price: One person: 100rmb / 90 minutes; Family tickets: 160rmb / 90 minutes (one parent + one child). There are some special rates if you book on their mini-program: 乐滑之梦.
Extras: Ice Skating Walkers: 50rmb /90 minutes
Occupying the central area at Changfeng Joy City mall in Putuo District, this is an indoor ice rink with cute cartoon décor, making it particularly family-friendly for young skaters just learning. The glass dome above allows a touch of warmth and natural light to come through during the day. Tickets include the rental of basic equipment, including helmets, shoes, and pads. Walkers are also available, as are instructors imparting skating tips for additional charges. Family tickets include entrance for one parent, as well as one child aged 3 to 14 years old.
The Bund Finance Center
Duration: December 11, 2021 to February 27, 2022
Hours: 9.30am-4.30pm; 5-10pm (last entry: 8.30pm)
*On December 24 and 31, the evening sessions will be extended to midnight and you are suggested to enter the rink before 10.30pm.
Price: Weekdays: 129rmb / 90 minutes; Weekends: 159rmb / 90 minutes; Holidays (Dec 24 / 31): 239rmb / 90minutes.
*Dianping offers early-bird prices and other discounts.
Gutted there hasn't been any news about whether the annual ice skating rink in front of the OPTV power will come back this year…
But wait, here comes another option to ice skate on the Bund – a charming 200-square-meter rink tucked in the walkways of Bund Finance Center in Huangpu district. As part of the Center's holiday celebrations, the rink is open every day for roughly two months from mid-December. They also host other concurrent events like a weekend Christmas market, light shows, music performances presented by crews from Jazz at Lincoln Center... Ticket price for ice skating is the same for all ages, which includes helmets, shoes, and pads. Walkers are accessible on site. Ages 4 and up only.
Sinar Mas Plaza
Duration: December 1, 2021 to February 28, 2022
They do daily maintenances from midday to 4pm, so try and avoid this period.
Price: Monday-Friday, 9am-6pm: 99rmb / 90 minutes; Monday-Thursday, 6-10pm: 119rmb / 90 minutes; Friday, 6-10pm; Weekend,9am-10pm: 149rmb / 90 minutes;
Holidays (Jan 1-3, Jan 31-Feb 6): 219rmb/90minutes.
They've got different prices for Christmas, Valentines, etc, so please check their official account for more information. Special rates are available too if you book online.
The shopping complex Sinar Mas Plaza has low-key set up a 1,200-square-meter outdoor skating rink at the beginning of December on the North Bund, replete with light shows in the evening and a nice river view. Price includes basic skating equipment. Walkers and instructors are also available on site for newbies. The rink can host up to 120 people, and can be booked entirely as a private event space.
Now there's an idea…