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Don’t be bored this winter, get your skates and head out!

Review of the most popular ice rinks in Moscow

Ice skating is a favorite pastime for Muscovites in the winter. People used to attach blades to their snow boots, but now anybody can rent skates at the ice rink. This pastime, which is both a sport and a leisure activity, is truly enjoyable, helps you stay healthy and gives your mood a big boost.

This winter, there will be a total of 1,445 ice skating rinks, including 187 rinks with artificial ice. We’ve put together a selection of the biggest and most popular open-air skating rinks.

Ice rink at VDNKh

Address: Prospect Mira 119, m. VDNKh
Tel: +7 (495) 544-34-00
Hours: Tuesday – Thursday: 11.00am – 11.00pm, Friday – Sunday: 10.00am – 11.00pm.
Web: http://katok.vdnh.ru

This rink was named the country’s main ice rink by the Russian Book of Records in 2014. There isn’t a single rink in Russia or in the whole world that can compete with the one at VDNKh in terms of scale or infrastructure. This winter, the largest rink with artificial ice will be located along the main alley, from Pavilion No.1 to Pavilion No.58. The ice rink will run by two major fountains and will have a total area of over 20,000 square meters. If we take the infrastructure into account, the total area is actually 60,000 square meters!

4,500 people can be on the ice at VDNKh at the same time. For those that aren’t comfortable on ice skates yet, there are always 30 instructors on the rink who are ready to help out. Like during previous winters, there will be a bridge across the ice - a beautiful spot for romantic dates and impressive selfies.

Aside from the “Crystal Bridge,” the lights on the rink will transform the space into a true fairy tale. Lights will be everywhere: around the rink, on the rink, even the ice will glow from the inside. A giant media screen imbedded in the ice rink will feature over 100,000 LED modules. The control system for the screen is able to reproduce 16 million different colors.

The organizers promise that the ice rink will be a great place to spot celebrities, become a character in fantastic shows, celebrate all of your winter holidays and even meet the love of your life. Guests will also be able to take part in daily dance workshops and morning fitness classes.

GUM skating rink on Red Square

Address: Red Square, m. Okhotny Ryad, Teatralnaya
Tel: +7 (495) 788-43-43
Hours: Every Day, 10.00am – 11.30pm
Web: http://www.gum.ru/projects/rink/

An artificial skating rink in the heart of Moscow with perfect ice and excellent views of the Kremlin. The area of the rink is 3,000 square meters. Many capitals all over the world have made it a tradition to turn a main square into a skating rink in the winter: Trocadero in Paris, the Tower in London, the Rathaus square in Vienna. The GUM rink on Red Square is next to a lot of key landmarks: St. Basil's Cathedral, the Kremlin, and the Mausoleum.

This year, fans of hockey are in for a surprise. On the weekends, there will be free hockey workshops for visitors. The ice rink will also be open on New Years Eve.

There will be a fair around the skating rink, where visitors will be able to treat themselves to pies and glint wine. This year, there will be 28 festive wooden houses that will sell Christmas ornaments, decorative boots, knitted mittens and boots, dolls, and shawls. There will also be treats of all kinds - crepes with caviar, tea, mead, sbiten, hot cakes and baked potatoes. And there will be more than just Russian cuisine on offer. If you want to submerge yourself in a European atmosphere, you can also get glint wine, Viennese waffles or roasted chestnuts.

Ice rink in Gorky park

Address: Krimsky Val 9, m. Park Kultury, Oktyabrskaya
Tel: +7 (495) 995-00-20
Hours: Every Day: Daytime Hours – 10.00am – 3.00pm, Evening Hours – 5.00pm – 11.00pm
Web: http://park-gorkogo.com/places/177

Modern street art, from sticker art to full-fledged graffiti, will be the main theme of the ice rink at Gorky Park. The platforms will be decorated with light installations, while the skate rental and ticket booths will be spruced up by modern artists.

The alley next to the Garage modern art center will be turned into a 60-meter light tunnel that is made up of flickering arcs. The rink’s central installation will be a frozen fountain and fluorescent lights will create the illusion of running water in the evenings. In the daytime, colorful spotlights will be used to give the illusion of movement to the fountain. The installation will be 8 meters in height and 25 meters in diameter, which is almost equal to the summer fountain in scale.

The ice rink at Gorky park is one of the largest artificial ice rinks in Europe. The total area is 18,000 square meters, and it can accommodate up to 4,000 people. 15 ticket booths and 5 rental booths operate on the ice rink every winter. There are a total of 5 different areas with 33,000 LED lights built into the ice.

There will also be a Street Art Shop operating on the ice. The shop will sell bags, badges, hats, books about the park, albums about street art and commemorative trinkets.

All winter, there will be parties with DJs on the ice.

The ice skating rink at Gorky Park will also have a separate space for children and people who just want to take it easy. Those who like an adrenaline rush are welcome to head over to the hockey rink.

“Ice” skating rink at Sokolniki Park

Address: Sokolnichesky Val 1, bldg.1, m. Sokolniki
Tel: +7 499 39-39-222
Hours: Every Day, 10.00am – midnight
Web: http://park.sokolniki.com/activities/15

The skating rink located in the Festivalnaya Square of Sokolniki Park is one of the best equipped winter facilities in the capital. The rink doesn’t depend on weather conditions: thanks to a special ice-generating mechanism, the ice rink is always ready to go long before we hit below freezing temperatures. The total area of the ice rink amounts to 5,300 square meters. Those who do not have their own ice skates can rent a pair from one of the 2 available renting booths. There are a total of 1,700 pairs available (for hockey, figure skating or children). In the evening, the rink is lit up in neon colors and the media facade shimmers with shades that resemble the Northern Lights.

This year, the rink turned into a dance and music platform that will be called “Rock Rink.” The space will be decorated with a two-meter guitar that symbolizes the main theme of this season. The ice will be painted with special stripes that visitors can follow in order to learn dance moves. The radio will play music by artists like Elvis Presley or Nirvana.

Ice rink at Patriarch’s Ponds

Address: Bolshoy Patriarshiy Pereulok 3, m. Tverskaya, Pushkinskaya
Hours: Every Day, 24h, rentals – noon – 10.00pm

The first ice rink appeared at Patriarch’s Ponds all the way back in the 19th century, when it was organized by a gymnast association. Since then, it has become a favorite spot for everybody who enjoys ice skating. Going ice skating at Patriarch’s Ponds is a century-long tradition that has been documented by writers such as Tolstoy, Kuprin and Vyazemsky. Now, much like a century ago, Muscovites come here to skate under the soft lights of decorated trees, enjoy music and visit a nearby cafe for a cup of hot tea. The rink is about 12,000 square meters in area. There are no changing rooms, but there are two skating zones (a separate one for children), as well as ice slides.

Ice rink at Hermitage Garden

Address: Karyetny Ryad 3, Bldg.7, m. Checkhovskaya, Tverskaya, Pushkinskaya
Tel: +7 (963) 726-60-39, +7 (910) 008-55-64
Hours: Monday – 2.00pm – 11.00pm, Tuesday – Friday – Noon – 11.00pm, Saturday – Sunday – 10.00am – 11.00pm
Web: http://www.superkatok.ru

The story of Hermitage Garden begins in 1878. It was founded by the famous theatre figure Mikhail V. Lentovskiy. In 1894, management of the Hermitage Garden was transferred to the theatre entrepreneur and philanthropist Yakov Shchukin. The garden was equipped with the latest technology at the time. The results followed: just a year later, the garden had been visited by over 70,000 people. It became the center of Moscow’s theatre community and still attracts brilliant talent today.

In the winter, an ice rink opens at the Hermitage Garden. There are two areas: one with natural ice that is 4,000 square meters in area, and another with artificial ice that is 900 square meters in area. The skating rink can accommodate 2,000 people at the same time.

Ice rink at Bauman’s Garden

Address: Ulitsya Staraya Basmannaya 15, m. Kurskaya, Krasnaya Vorota
Tel: +7 (499) 261-58-83
Hours: Monday – Friday – 2.00pm – 10.00pm, Saturday – Sunday – 11.00am – 10.00pm
Web: http://sadbaumana.ru/outdoor-ice-rink/about-the-rink

One of the most cosy and beautiful ice rinks in the center of Moscow. The total area of the rink is 1,000 square meters and, thanks to artificial ice technology, the rink can operate at a temperature of up to +10 degrees.

The rink is a five minute walk from the Kurskaya or Krasniye Vorota metro stations and is easy to get to by car or via public transportation. There is a warm changing room, a skate rental space, a cafe, bathrooms, a skating school and a coat check.

The artificial ice rink can accommodate up to 2,000 guests every day. The excellent quality of the ice and a serene environment is a perfect match for those who aren’t all that confident in their skating abilities.

Next to the rink, you can also take a ride on a snow racer. Those who like to go old-school can take a traditional sled ride across the gardens. This tour is particularly interesting, since the park has been open since 1920.

Ice rink at Chistiye Prudy

Address: Chistoprudniy Boulevard 12, bldg. 1, m. Chistiye Prudy
Hours: Every Day – 10.00am – 10.00pm

The ice rink at Chistiye Prudy is a legendary spot for winter fun and is also one of the oldest rinks in the city. One of the few free rinks in the center of Moscow, it is always cosy, spacious, gorgeous and has enough room for everybody. As the temperature inches below zero, the pond surface is turned into an ice skating rink. The total area amounts to 12,000 square meters, and has three areas: one for children, one for those who like to take it easy, and a third one for hockey players.

The cons include a fairly uneven surface and the lack of changing rooms or other places to store documents. However, all of these minor inconveniences are compensated by the convenient location of the rink. At night, colorful lights and decorations light up the area around the pond, making it look like a Hollywood Christmas movie. There are also plenty of cafes where you can pop in for some glint wine and a snack.

Ice rink at the Kolomenskoye Museum-Reserve

Address: Prospekt Andropova 39, m. Kolomenskaya, at Yarmarochnaya Square
Tel: +7 (499) 782-89-17
Hours: Monday – Friday: Noon – 10.00pm, Saturday – Sunday: 11.00am – 10.00pm
Web: http://www.mgomz.ru

The rink at Kolomenskoye is one of the oldest rinks in Moscow. It dates all the way back to the 19th century! Interestingly, the headquarters for Napoleon’s army were located here in 1812. By the end of the 19th century, it was the best skating rink in Moscow, where members of the first athletic organization in Moscow (Emperor’s Yacht Club) used to go skating. The open-air rink is 4,500 square meters in area and only operates when the weather conditions allow.

Aside from a top-quality rink, visitors get to enjoy warm changing rooms, a cafe with a wide selection of warm beverages and holiday music. Visitors can also use a skate sharpening service or rent skates if needed. There is also an option to rent skis and double-blade ice skates for added balance.

“Ice Boom” rink at Vorovsky Park

Address: Ploshyad Ganetskogo 1, m. Voykovskaya
Hours: Monday – Friday – Noon – 10.00pm, Saturday – Sunday – 10.00am – 11.00pm
Web: http://bumkatok.ru

The rink is located in the center of the park, which was previously known as “Park by the Varshava Movie Theatre.” The park’s story begins all the way back in the 19th century. You can not only go skating with your family here, but also organize a corporate party, a birthday or other events. The rink’s team will help you orchestrate a truly spectacular show with the help of different decorations. The open-air rinks are ideal for a family: there is an area for kids, while adults can learn how to skate from professionals.

Ice rink at Krasnaya Presnya Park

Address: Ulitsya Mantulinskaya 5a, bldg. 2, m. Ulitsya 1905 Goda
Hours: Every Day – 11.00am – 10.00pm
Web: http://p-kp.ru

The Krasnaya Presnya park was founded in 1932 at the Studenets estate and is a historical and architectural monument, a monument to the 18th and 19th century landscape art in Russia. The park’s natural ensemble has been preserved to this very day – old alleyways, picturesque ponds with small islands and arch bridges.

An open-air rink with artificial ice that is 800 square meters in area is located to the right of the entrance to Krasnaya Presnya park. Visitors can enjoy the spectacular view of Presnenskaya Naberezhnaya. There is also plenty of space for those who like to ski, as well as ice slides for those who enjoy extreme sports and sledding.

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