THE RINK presented by UNC Health

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Come enjoy the thrill of ice skating in a winter wonderland created in the heart of downtown Raleigh! THE RINK presented by UNC Health features a natural ice skating rink with stunning views of the Raleigh skyline.


Activities to Enjoy

  • Winter Wonderland themed Ice Rink
  • Cozy Stations featuring outdoor lounging furniture and heat warmers
  • Fire pits that are perfect for warming up 
  • 20ft Decorated Holiday Tree
  • Decoration stations for a holiday photo opt, including a 6ft lighted bulb display
  • Snack Bar with hot cocoa, beer, wine, sweet treats, and more
  • Giant jenga and cornhole game boards
  • Themed nights (throwback night, DJ nights, etc) and special programming on select days


                                    Buy Tickets


Tickets are for 2-hour skating sessions and are available online or in person at the Duke Energy Center box office (M-F 10am-2pm).


The Red Hat Amphitheater box office will open 30 minutes prior to THE RINK hours of operation listed below. On site ticket availability may vary based on demand.


We strongly encourage you to purchase tickets in advance, as there are only a limited number of timeslots available for each day.


Skater Admission: $11* includes skate rental

Non-Skater Admission: $6*

*taxes and fees may apply

Ages 2+ require a ticket to enter. 



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Click the above link to VIEW CALENDAR & select the event you are interested in viewing updates for.


All weather-related decisions will be monitored and determined on the day of the scheduled event. 

Have a ticket for a canceled timeslot? Please check your email for important info.


November 19 – December 18

Thurs-Fri: 5pm-9:30pm

Sat: 11am-11pm

Sun: 12pm-7pm

*Closed Thanksgiving Day

*Nov 25: 12pm-9:30pm

December 21- December 24

Wed: 3pm-10pm

Thurs: 12pm-9:30pm

Fri: 11am-11pm

*Dec 24: 12pm-7pm

*Closed Christmas Day

December 26 - January 1

Mon-Wed: 3pm-10pm

Thurs-Sun: 12pm-9:30pm

January 5- January 16

Thurs-Fri: 5pm-9:30pm

Sat: 11am-11pm

Sun: 12pm-7pm

*Jan 16: 12pm-7pm


Q: How to purchase tickets?

A: Tickets are for 2-hour skating session. We highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance, as there are only a limited number of timeslots available for each day. Below are the options to purchase:

  • Online via Ticketmaster
  • Duke Energy Center Box Office
  • Onsite at Red Hat Amphitheater during THE RINK hours of operation *availability may vary based on demand.

Q: What size skates do you offer?

A: Children's size 9 and up, Men's up to size 13, Women's up to size 11


Q: Do you offer skate mates to assist small children with skating?

A: Yes, we have a limited number of skate mates available.


Q: Is skate rental included?

A: Yes, a skater admission ticket includes skate rental.


Q: Can I bring my own skates, and if so is there a discount?

A: You are welcome to bring your own skates. Skater admission is still $11 and those who bring their own skates must still sign a waiver.


Q: Do you have food and drinks?

A: Yes, we will have A Taste of Philly food truck on site. There are also additional food and drink options - see below for menus. 


NEW THIS YEAR! We're working with community partners to bring special programming to THE RINK. Click below to view the full calendar.

  • Raleigh Night Market (Every Saturday starting Nov 26 from 5-10pm- Dec 24th 2-7pm)
  • College Day - featuring specialty drinks
  • Coat Drives - partnering with Helping Hand Mission
  • DJ nights - featuring DJ Luxe Posh
  • Brewery Nights - partnering with local breweries
  • Illuminate/Glow in the Dark Night - partnering with DRA Illuminate Art Walk
  • Summer in December Day
  • Ugly Sweater Day - partnering with NoDa
  • Throwback Thursday Night

Special Night Calendar November 2022


Special Night Calendar December 2022


Special Night Calendar January 2023



When you're not skating, cozy up at one of the fire pits and enjoy some of the below snacks.

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a menu with food options


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