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 SMG, the DCU Center's talented management team.
The Worcester Common Oval opens for the winter season with the annual Festival of Lights Celebration every December.
December 1, 2017 - January 21, 2018
Hours of Operation:
Thursdays and Fridays 5 - 8 p.m.
Saturdays and Sundays 1 - 6 p.m.
The Oval is also open for daytime skating during school vacation week and Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
December 24 (Christmas Eve)
1- 4 p.m.
December 25 (Christmas Day)
December 26th - 29th:
Tuesday - Wednesday 1 - 6 p.m.
Thursday - Friday 1 - 8 p.m.
December 31 (New Year's Eve)
1 - 8 p.m.
January 1 (New Year's Day)
1 - 6 p.m.
January 15 (Martin Luther King, Jr. Day)
1 - 6 p.m.
Admission for public skating is $5 (children 6 and under skate free) and $5 for skate rentals with a $25 refundable deposit per skate rental.
Check out the Oval Calendar of Events for an updated list of special guests and happenings at the Oval!
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.
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.
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 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.
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.