The holidays  just got a lot colder and Downtown a lot cooler.

The City of El Paso has once again transformed the area around the Plaza Theatre into a Winter Wonderland of lights and seasonal festivities that includes ice skating.

The outdoor skating rink, located next to the El Paso Museum of Art, will be open from November 18 through January 1. Other attractions include a Winter Village full of vendors, and the Kringle Kafe where you can sit down and enjoy snacks and hot beverages.

Instagrammable Winterfest decorations include a 25-foot Christmas tree and 6-foot snow globe -- both offer great photo opportunities, but especially the life-size snow globe which you can pose inside of.

Jorge Salgado/WinterfestEP

So if you're ready to welcome the holidays with open arms, and glide, slide and twirl the Christmas season away, here's what you need to know before you go.


Winterfest Outdoor Ice Skating Rink


Arts Festival Plaza netween the El Paso Museum of Art and the Plaza Theatre


Saturday, Nov. 18 through Monday, Jan. 1.


$8 Adult
$7 Military
$5 for 5 & Under
$35 Season Pass


Skate Sessions can be purchased in advance online, or in person at the box office booth outside the Arts Festival Plaza. [Click HERE to buy a session online]

About the Skate Sessions

Skate sessions start on the hour. When you buy your skate pass, you buy into that one particular 50 minute session only.

Age Limits

There is no minimum age to skate but all skaters under 12 must be supervised at all times by an adult, either on or off the rink.