Winter Skating Rinks

Open-air skating has remained one of the few types of entertainment that is reasonably safe and available during the 2020/2021 pandemic winter season in Moscow.

Winter Skating Rinks

mos.ru/ Maxim Denisov

 

There are certain regulations that apply to public spaces in the city, including the rinks. Visitors must wear face masks and gloves inside indoor venues. Visitors may have their body temperature taken with a contact-free thermometer at the entrance. Everyone is required to observe the required social distancing of 1.5 metres inside the rental pavilions, changing rooms, and cafes. People over 65 years of age and people with symptoms of acute respiratory diseases are not allowed to be admitted. Rink staff regulates the occupancy level of the rink. In the event that too many people gather in a single area, entry may be temporarily restricted. To regulate capacity, many rinks offer tickets online.

Red Square (GUM)

A small and crowded rink, but with a perfect location in the very heart of Moscow and a view of the Kremlin. Open from December 1 until March 10, every day, from 10 am till 11.30 pm. Capacity: 300 people. Skates available for rent.

Address: Red Square

Price: 500 – 800 roubles per session

See a detailed schedule of sessions and buy tickets online.

Gorky Park

One of the most popular skating rinks in Moscow, every year it becomes bigger and better. This is not just an ice rink – the ice covers large spaces and pathways in Gorky Park, so you can also skate between trees and buildings, on an ice path with a low wooden fence. The rink is especially popular at night, when the park is aglow with festive lights. The park also offers a separate children’s skating rink, skates for rent (250 roubles), and a hockey pitch. And don't forget the food court with an open fire to get warm! The ice is artificial. If there is a queue at the main entrance to the rink, try another one – there is usually more than one entrance point.

Sessions:

Tue – Thu 10 am – 3 pm; 5 pm – 11 pm
Fri – Sun10 am – 3 pm; 5 pm – midnight
The ice rink is closed on Mondays. Ticket offices close one hour before the end of the skating sessions – at 2 p.m. and 10 p.m.

Address: Gorky Park, central entrance. Park Kultury or Oktyabrskaya metro stations.

Price: 350 – 650 roubles

See more and buy tickets online.

VDNKH

The skating rink at VDNKH is one of the most popular spots in Moscow every winter. Its square is about 21,000 sq.m. Skate with a view of the beautiful monumental buildings of Stalinist architecture.

To avoid crowds at the entrance, this year, tickets are sold online only. When buying a ticket, choose an entrance pavilion and use it to enter the rink.

Address: VDNKH, central entrance. The rink is located between the two biggest fountains. VDNKH metro station.

Sessions:

Tue –Fri 11 am – 3 pm; 5 pm – 11 pm
Weekends 10 am – 3 pm; 5 pm – 11 pm

Price: 350 – 800 roubles.

See more and buy tickets online

Hermitage Garden (Sad Ermitazh)

This small rink located in downtown Moscow is traditionally popular among Muscovites.

This season, tickets are only available online. The maximum capacity of the rink and the rental pavilion is 40 people during the pandemic season of 2020/2021.

Address: 3 Karetny Ryad Ulitsa, building 7. Tverskaya, Pushkinskaya, or Chekhovskaya metro stations.

Price: 250 – 300 roubles.

Buy tickets online.

Yuzhny Polyus in Luzhniki

This skating rink is not as popular as the rinks in the main parks, so it is less crowded. But the ice is good, even though it is natural, and is conveniently located close to a metro station.

Opening hours:

Tue – Fri 4 pm – 6.30 pm; 7.30 pm – 10 pm
Weekends and holidays 1 pm – 3.30 pm; 4.30 – 7 pm; 8 pm – 10.30 pm
Closed on Mondays

Address: Luzhniki sports complex. Vorobievy Gory metro station.

Price: 400 – 500 roubles

See location on the map, more info, and buy tickets on line.

Fili Park

Polyarny Skating Rink at Fili Park is free. The rink is 800 sq. m. and skates are available for rent. Preliminary online registration is required, in order to avoid overcrowding.

Sessions: 10 am – noon; 1 pm – 3 pm; 5 pm – 8 pm; 9 pm – 10 pm

Address: 18 Novozavodskaya Ulitsa, Korpus 1. Bagrationovskaya metro station.

Register online.

Druzhby Katok. 50 Letiya Oktyabrya Park

Druzhby Katok (Friendship Rink) is 1800 sq.m. and offers skates for rent. Admission is free, but preliminary online registration is required, in order to avoid overcrowding.

Sessions: 10 am – noon; 1 pm – 3 pm; 5 pm – 8 pm; 9 pm – 10 pm

Address: 22 Udaltsova Ulitsa, Prospekt Vernadskogo metro station.

Register online.

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Opening hours:

Tue – Thu 4 pm – 10 pm
Fri 4 pm – 11 pm
Sat 11 am – 11 pm
Sun 11 am – 10 pm
Closed on Mondays.

Note that every two hours the rink closes for a half-hour 'technical break'.

Address: 1 Generala Yermolova Ulitsa, Park Pobedy metro station.

Price: 250 – 350 roubles.