A Holiday Favorite Takes a More Laid-Back Approach in 2020

Just opened: Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

By Rob Kachelriess

WHAT: Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
IT’S: A rooftop winter attraction on the Las Vegas Strip
OPENED: November 18, 2020
DID YOU KNOW: The Ice Rink has been a Las Vegas holiday staple for nine years.
LOCATION: The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas
HOURS: November 18 to December 17 | 3 p.m. to 11 p.m. (Monday to Friday), 12 p.m. to 11 p.m. (Saturday to Sunday); December 18 to January 3 | 12 p.m. to 11 p.m.; November 26–27, December 24–25 | 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.; closed New Year’s Eve 
WEBSITE: Plan some time on the ice
INSTAGRAM: Get into the holiday spirit

Ice Skating with a View

The Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan is back, but this year the experience doesn’t feature holiday decorations, a Christmas tree or artificial snow. However, you can still enjoy food, drink, fire pits and ice skating on the rooftop deck of the Boulevard Pool overlooking the Strip.   

An Engaging Holiday Attraction

The big show is a 4,200 square-foot ice skating rink. Take a spin on real ice while soaking in the neon glow of the Las Vegas Strip. (Glittering lights courtesy of the Eiffel Tower across the street.) This year, the number of guests is being limited on the ice to ensure a degree of social distancing with monitors on display to show the level of capacity. Even without decorations or a tree, the holiday spirit is felt with music playing on the sound system. Seats are available at picnic tables, bar tops, and fire pits–all spaced apart for health and safety.

Holiday Spirits to Make the Season Merry and Bright

Some come for the skating, but we come for the cocktails. The Scrooged is like a spiked pumpkin spiced latte with rum, pumpkin puree, Baileys, Frosted Flake milk and coffee. The Hot and Bothered is similar to a hot toddy with a shot of gingerbread vodka, bright citrus flavors and a thick cinnamon stick to balance out the scotch. However, the Campfire Delight is the most rewarding surprise. The cocktail mixes reposado tequila and rumchata liqueur with chocolate and a charred marshmallow as garnish.

Food to Fuel the Skating 

Menu highlights include sliders, tater tot nachos and chicken tenders. The hot dog is given a fun twist, topped with beef brisket and a tangy  barbecue sauce. Dipping a grilled cheese sandwich into a bowl of creamy tomato soup (with a drizzle of basil and olive oil) never gets old, especially on a cold winter night.

The Cost

Admission is free, skate rentals are $30 (or $20 for locals, military and hotel guests) and a skate aid is $15 for 60 minutes; food is $9 to $18 with platters available at higher prices; cocktails are $17 while other drinks are $5 to $16.

The Gist

The holidays look a little different this year, but the Ice Rink at The Cosmopolitan remains a time-honored winter attraction on the Strip. Skating around the rink and roasting s’mores by a fire pit against the backdrop of Las Vegas continues to be a memorable experience even during a holiday season that’s less energetic than usual.

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