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Ice Skating on the Oval

Ice Skating on the Oval

The City's 12,000-square-foot rink, which opened in 2012, is 4,000 square feet larger than the rink at New York City's Rockefeller Center. The Oval has piped-in music, skate rentals, concessions, holiday lights and more, making it a fun and affordable family-friendly activity. The rink is professionally managed by ASM Global, the DCU Center's talented management team.

Festival of Lights

Santa with Light Switch for Festival of Lights on the Common

The City's annual Festival of Lights event will begin on Friday, December 3, 2021 from 4:30 - 9 p.m. on the Worcester Common Oval. This free, family-friendly event will host a number of lighting features, ice skating, food vendors, community organizations and performances. A highlight for Festival of Lights visitors is the lighting of the tree, which will take place at 6 p.m. The sixth candle on a menorah will be lit in observance of Hanukkah, which begins Nov. 28. In partnership with the City and the Downtown Worcester Business Improvement District, Tower Hill Botanic Garden will install seven large-scale light sculptures.

  • Headline Performance by Los Cantores De La Montaña
  • Performances by Worcester Public Schools Choral Groups
  • Dance Troupe Performing with Fire and LED Lights Curated by Cirque De Light
  • Ice Skating
  • Visit from Santa
  • Tree and Large-Scale Light Sculpture Lighting
  • Heated Beer Tent
  • Community Organizations
  • Food Trucks, Face Painting, Street Performers, Carriage Rides and More!

The Festival of Lights will also focus on public health and safety, with COVID-19 vaccinations available for all those ages 5 and up. This mask-friendly event will be outdoors, the ice skating rink will have a capacity limit and social distancing is a major consideration in the layout of the attractions.

2021-22 Hours of Operation

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November 27, 2021 - February 27, 2022

  • Fridays:
    5 - 9 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday:
    1 - 6 p.m.

School Vacation & Holiday Hours

  • Monday - Thursday:
    1 - 6 p.m.
  • Friday:
    1 - 9 p.m.
  • Saturday & Sunday:
    1 - 6 p.m.
  • 12/23:
    Closed
  • 12/24 (Christmas Eve):
    Closed
  • 12/25 (Christmas Day):
    Closed
  • 1/1 (New Year's Day):
    1 - 6 p.m.
  • 1/17 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day):
    1 - 6 p.m.

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

General Admission Pricing

  • Admission:
    $5.00
  • Rentals:
    $5.00
  • Children 5 and Under Skate Free
  • MCPHS Little Helper Skate Guide:
    $5.00

Weather Policy

In the event of questionable weather conditions, please visit the Oval's Facebook Page for updates on cancellations or call the Oval Hotline at 508-929-0777.

Private Rentals

For group purchases and private rental information, please call the DCU Center at 508-929-0100 for additional information.

Skate Rentals

During public skating hours at the Worcester Common Oval, ice skate rentals will be available for $5. You will need valid identification in order to rent skates.

Plan Your Day

Before or after your time at the skating rink, explore the many other amenities near the Common. For a list of options, visit Discover Central Massachusetts.

There is plenty of affordable parking available within walking distance of the Worcester Common Oval, including the underground Worcester Common Garage at 2 Eaton Place, Mercantile Center Parking Garage, Federal Plaza Parking Garage and the Pearl-Elm Parking Garage.

Rink Rules & Skating Safety

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