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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 SMG, the DCU Center's talented management team.

Hours of Operation

The Worcester Common Oval opens for the Winter season with the annual Festival of Lights Celebration every December. Regular hours of operation are generally Fridays 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturdays 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Oval is also open for daytime skating during school vacation weeks. During winter vacation and February vacation, the Oval is open from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 1 p.m. until 8 p.m. on Friday. Additionally, the Oval opens on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission & Events

Admission for public skating is $5 (children 6 and under skate free) and $3 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!

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.

Skate Rentals

During public skating hours at the Worcester Common Oval, ice skate rentals will be available for $3.

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.

Oval Skate Rental Application

Plan Your Day

There's so much to do in downtown Worcester so make a day of it! Before or after your time at the skating rink, enjoy a warm cup of coffee or a snack at Brew on the Grid, or have a delicious meal at one of the many restaurants near the Common. For a list of options, visit Discover Central Massachusetts.

Rink Rules & Skating Safety

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