Winter is finally in the air! The chilly weather has us looking forward to hot chocolate by the fireplace and ice skating Athens' ice skating rink, located right in the heart of the city at The Classic Center. Here are five things you need to know about ice skating in the Classic City: 

1. Athens has a HUGE indoor rink

  Hockey played at Akins Arena - Athens, Georgia

The ice-skating rink at Athens' Akins Arena is a regulation National Hockey League-sized rink! Plus it is indoors, so rain or shine, you'll have smooth ice. There's plenty of room to twirl about if you're an ice-skating aficionado or to master your skills if you're a bit wobbly on skates. 

2. Ice Skating Season in Athens Runs from Nov. 24 to Feb. 23

You'll have plenty of time to plan a time to go skating, and even enough time to return again and again throughout the winter! The indoor rink is open from Nov. 24 to Jan. 8, then moves outside to the 440 Foundry Pavilion on Jan. 27!

3. Grab a Seal!

 Couple ice skating at 440 Foundry Pavilion - Athens, Georgia Friends Skating

If you need a little extra glide, grab a plastic blue seal to give you balance and stability. Grab a super-cute seal so even the littlest skaters can have fun on the ice with the rest of the family, or make way for some competitive ice racing as speed skaters push their pals from one end of the rink to the other! 

4. Improve Your Moves

For many of us who grew up in the South, skating is not in our blood! Email danny@classiccenter.com to request a skating lesson with an experienced skate instructor. 

5. A Night Out With The Whole Crew

 Ice Skating

The more the merrier! Rent out the rink for your church group, neighborhood or civic group party, or organize a fundraiser night for your organization or club. Regardless of who you go with, the night at the rink is a night well spent. Interested in booking? Email Danny Bryant at danny@classiccenter.com for more information and to set up a night at the skating rink.

Tickets just $13 for all ages or $10 for groups of 10 or more. Contact the Classic Center (706-357-4444) or purchase your tickets here

This article was originally authored by Tristan Otto, Fall 2017 Communications Intern, Erin Geoghan updated it on November 4, 2019.