Skate with Santa

Skate with Santa is Back!

Bring your whole family to the beloved UCalgary/Olympic Oval tradition and Skate with Santa on The Fastest Ice in the World

December 10, 2023
12 Noon - 5:00 p.m.

Skate with Santa

Join Santa, and a few other special guests to glide around the Olympic Oval on the Fastest Ice in the World™. You’ll also get the chance to take your own photos with Santa as well as in our holiday photo booth, take a break at the craft station and indulge in hot chocolate and a mini cupcake to refuel before your next trip around the ice.  

Don’t miss out on the fun!    


Adults: $10.00
Youth/Senior: $5.00
<5 years old: Free
UCalgary staff, students and faculty: Free (with UCID card)
UCalgary Alumni: Free (with registration)

Helmets Rule

Helmets Rule! Helmets are MANDATORY for all ages during public skating. Skaters who do not have their helmets can rent one from the Olympic Oval Skate Shop for $2.50. Protect your brain, skate smart!

Skate Rental

We encourage everyone to bring their own skates and helmets; however, rentals will be available for guests who do not own a pair while supplies last.

Campus Food Bank

Non-perishable food items for the Students’ Union Campus Food Bank will be accepted in lieu of a charge for admission for alumni and their families.  

The SU Campus Food Bank provides a seven-day emergency food-relief service for those in the UCalgary community experiencing food insecurity including students, staff, faculty and alumni.   

More Information

Public Skating Schedule

Find out what times the Olympic Oval is open for recreational public skating.

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Waiver of liability and assumption of risk.

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Season Pass

2023/2024 Season passes are available now! 

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Public Ice Skating


Adult (18-54)


Family (2 Adults + Children under 18)


Youth/Senior (6-17 and 55+)


Special Needs (with assistant)


Child/Pre-School (0-5)


Equipment Rental

Equipment Rental

Hockey and Speed Skate Rentals (includes free helmet rental)


Helmet Rental Only


Public Ice Skating (Group)

Admission (per person)

Group Rate Youth/Senior (15 or more people ages 6-17 and 55+ years)


Group Rate Adult (15 or more people ages 18-54 years)


Season's Pass + Parking

Skate/Run Season's Pass + Parking

Adult (18-54)


Youth/Senior (6-17 and 55+)




Skate/Run High Performance + Parking





The Benefits of Recreational Skating

Skating works nearly every muscle group in the body, and gliding requires synchronized movement of the legs, which is important for joint flexibility. It also builds up the leg and abdominal muscles. Like any workout, skating is great for cardiovascular health – it gets blood pumping and the heart rate up. And it’s a lot of fun to glide around the ice; unlike with other types of exercise, you probably won’t even remember that you’re working out!

Come Skate With Us!

The Olympic Oval typically offers more than 50 recreational public skating sessions per month on our 400-meter oval ice. The Olympic Oval provides groups of 15 or more a discount on recreational public skating entry fees and skate rental. Contact Oval Guest Relations for GROUP BOOKING details. Don't forget that the Skate Shop rents hockey and speed skates for use within the Olympic Oval. Available sizes range from child's 8 to adult 12. The shop can also help with all your skate sharpening and servicing needs!

Helmets Rule! Helmets are MANDATORY for all ages during public skating. Skaters who do not have their helmets can rent one from the Olympic Oval Skate Shop for $2.50. Protect your brain, skate smart!

Any sport approved helmet with a chin strap is allowed (i.e. bike helmet, ski helmet, equestrian riding helmet). Scrum caps and halos are NOT allowed.

Be sure to view the Public Waiver below before attending.

Learn more about our Refund Policy — Click here

Public Skating Rules


  • Helmets are MANDATORY for all ages and skill levels during public skating.
  • Skaters must yield to Zamboni and ice patrol STOP sign.
  • Please do not carry children while skating.
  • Strollers are allowed on the ice as long as the child is safely strapped in.
  • Wheelchairs are allowed on the ice as long as the user is wearing a helmet.
  • Stay off the ice during flooding and do not return until directed by the ice patrol.

Shoes and Boots

  • No boots or shoes allowed on ice. Skates ONLY on ice.
  • Do not walk on the cement with skates.This will damage skate blades and the concrete.
  • Please do not throw or kick gloves on ice.

Other Activities

  • Coaching/practicing skating drills on the ice is not allowed.
  • Hockey sticks, pucks, rings, and other sporting devices are not allowed on the Oval ice surface.
  • Food and drinks are not allowed on the ice. They can be enjoyed away from the ice however.
  • Please do not lean, sit, or push the blue mats and grey bumpers surrounding the ice.


  • Please respect all Olympic Oval staff members and users.
  • Please refrain from reckless behavior. Tag, play-fighting, racing, etc. is not permitted.
  • Skate in a counter-clockwise direction ONLY.
  • Fast speed skating is not allowed on the Oval ice during public skating.

Notice of Filming and Photography

By your presence in the Olympic Oval, you consent to be photographed, filmed and/or otherwise recorded.


Such recordings may appear and be used in any and all media, throughout the universe in perpetuity, for any purpose whatsoever, in connection with productions produced by the Olympic Oval.

You understand that all photography filming and/or recording will be done in reliance on this consent deemed given by you by entering this area.

If you do not want to be filmed, do not enter the Olympic Oval.

The Olympic Oval has the largest indoor skating surface in the province and is the go-to destination for recreational skating in the city. Come join us on "The Fastest Ice in the World" and skate where so many Olympians have trained before.

Mark Messer

Director, Olympic Oval