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The Worcester Common Oval

Worcester Common Oval Skating Rink During Festival of Lights

Located behind City Hall on the Common
455 Main Street Worcester, MA 01608
For Conditions and/or Schedule & Closures
Call (508) 929-0777
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The Worcester Common Oval represents another success story for Downtown. This continued success is made possible by those in the community who recognize the potential of Worcester, and through their support and sponsorship, are committed to making things happen.

About the Oval

The Oval in Winter

Following another successful 2017 Out to Lunch Concert Series & Farmers' Market, the Worcester Common Oval welcomes the return of public skating on the Common.

Hours of Operation
The Worcester Common Oval will  for the Winter season with the annual Festival of Lights on Friday, December 1, 2017. Regular hours of operation are Thursdays and Fridays 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. through January 21st.

The Oval is also open for daytime skating during school vacation weeks. During the week of December 26th, the Oval will be open from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, and 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Thursday and Friday. Additionally, the Oval will be open on Christmas Eve from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission & Events
Admission for public skating is $10 including skate rentals (children 6 and under skate free). Skaters that do not require skate rentals pay just $5 to enter onto the ice. Skate rentals require a $25 refundable deposit per skate rental.

Have your picture taken with Santa Claus every Saturday and Sunday until Christmas.

Check out the Oval Calendar of Events for an updated list of special guests and happenings at the Oval!

Weather Policy
In the event of questionable weather conditions, please call 508-929-0777 for updated Oval conditions and/or rink schedule and closures, and visit the Oval's Facebook Page for updates on cancellations.

Private Rentals
For Group purchases and Private Rental information, please call the DCU Center at 508-929-0125 for additional information.

The skating rink is professionally managed by SMG, the DCU Center's talented management team. The 12,000-square-foot rink, which is 4,000 square feet larger than the size of the Rink at Rockefeller Center, is complete with amenities such as piped-in music, skate rentals, concessions, holiday lights and more, making it a fun and affordable family-friendly activity.

Festival of Lights

The City of Worcester is pleased to announce our headliner this year is Jessica Cabral, a Worcester native who was a contestant on Season 15 of American Idol!

Festival of Lights is an annual tradition which brings thousands of people to the Worcester Common for a night of affordable family fun. In addition to the official tree lighting, several trees throughout the Common and along the streets of downtown are lit up and many downtown businesses decorate their storefronts. It is truly an evening of community and civic pride celebrating the beginning of the holiday season in Worcester.

Each year, Festival of Lights welcomes choirs from the Worcester Public Schools as well as a headlining artist with additional performances this year by Sasha the Fire Gypsy, Snow Queen Stilt Walker and LED Light Performers from Cirque DeLight. Activities include ice skating on the 12,000 sq. foot public ice skating rink, horse-drawn sleigh rides, food trucks, free hot chocolate and face-painting by Just Clowning Around with Lee Lee and Ms. Jane! Get into the spirit of the season with the City of Worcester at the annual Festival of Lights, sponsored by 96.1 SRS.

Skate Rentals

During public skating hours at the Worcester Common Oval, ice skate rentals will be available for $5.

Planning to rent skates? Save time by printing the attached form below and completing the application in advance. Remember, you will need valid identification, PLUS a major credit card in order to rent skates. If you don't have a credit card, a $25 fully refundable cash deposit is required for each pair of skates rented.

What's Happening

The latest news via the Worcester Common Oval Facebook Page.

  • On the 5th (and 4th!) day of Festival, City of Worcester gave to you- 5-ish hours of skating 4 school groups 3 class acts 2 free rides and our own Jessica Cabral! The Worcester Common Oval Ice Rink will be open 4:30-9pm next Friday! Bring your skates, or rent them for $5 (with a refundable $25 deposit.) We'll also have great performances from Burncoat High School's chorus Quadrivium and brass band, along with South High School's chorus and marching band. - View Photo - Fri 11/24/2017 04:20 PM
  • On the 3rd day of festival, City of Worcester gave to you- 3 class acts 2 free rides and our own Jessica Cabral. Through out the evening, witness the talents and be awed by Sasha FireGypsy Gaulin and performers from Cirque de Light. Wonder how Sasha breathes fire, get your picture with the Snow Queen, and try to follow the lights as they spin 'round and 'round. - View Photo - Wed 11/22/2017 04:13 PM
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