Frequently Asked Questions

Downtown Denver Rink

Is the Downtown Denver Rink still open if it snows?

We will make every attempt to have the Rink open every day. In the case of a heavy snowstorm, we may have a delayed open or need to close the Rink if conditions are unsafe.

Where is the Downtown Denver Rink located?

The Rink is located in Skyline at 1601 Arapahoe St., Denver, CO 80202.

Is parking available at the Downtown Denver Rink?

There are 3 parking garages in the vicinity of the Downtown Denver Rink.

  • Writer’s Square

  • Tabor Center

  • 1515 Arapahoe Building

All three garages enter on Lawrence Street between 15th and 17th.

What size skates do you have available?

We have regular single-blade skates as well as double-blades for younger beginning skaters. Below is the current size breakdown:

  • Double Blade Child Skate Sizes:  8-13

  • Single Blade Child Skate sizes: 9-13

  • Single Blade Junior Skate Sizes: 1-4

  • Adult Skate Sizes: 5-14

What should we bring?

Every skater needs to bring socks! We suggest bringing multiple pairs, or one pair of thick, warm socks. We also recommend wearing a pair of gloves or mittens while skating.

How much does it cost to skate?

Skate Rentals for adults are $9 and $7 for kids 12 and under. Bring your own pair and skate for free! If you need Skate walker for assistance you can also rent one $5.

Do you offer discounts for large groups?

If you are bringing a large group of over 30 people and paying for skate rentals all at once, you will receive a $1 off each rental. Please contact us at so we can alert our staff of your group.

What type of payment does the Downtown Denver Rink accept?

We accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express, and Discover. We do not accept cash or check.

Can we rent the Downtown Denver Rink for a private event?

Yes. You can reserve the Rink outside of normal business hours to host private events and parties. The Rink will provide the venue as well as house music for your event.  Please contact us for more information at

Is there a place to lock our items up while skating?

Yes! You can use a locker and key for free with a valid ID. Please note that lockers are limited and available on a first come first serve basis.

Can we bring our own food & beverages?

Food and beverages are available for purchase at our concessions onsite.

Are tables available at the rink?

There are a number of tables and benches in the park and at the rink to use.

Do we have to sign a waiver?

Every skater must put on a wristband waiving liability before taking the ice.


Wristband language reads as:

Assumption of Risk and Release. I am aware that ice skating involves inherent risks, dangers and hazards which can result in serious personal injury or death.  I hereby freely assume and accept any and all known and unknown risks of injury while skating at this ice rink and release owner, its management company, sponsors, their affiliates, subsidiaries, successors and assigns from any liability whatsoever for bodily injury or property damage resulting from any negligent acts and omissions in the design, operation, supervision and maintenance of the ice rink.  By wearing this wristband, I am agreeing to be bound by its terms.


Parade of Lights

What is the 9NEWS Parade of Lights?

The 47th Annual 9NEWS Parade of Lights on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021 at 6:00pm. The two-mile parade route in Downtown Denver is the stage for Colorado’s brightest holiday tradition. The FREE holiday spectacular features marching bands, ornate floats, and, of course, a special appearance by Major Waddles the Penguin and Santa! Grab your hot chocolate and ear-muffs, this year is going to be better than ever! The Parade is also televised LIVE on Saturday, Dec. 4th from 6pm – 7pm on 9NEWS KUSA-TV, Channel 9.

Where & why buy a ticket?

Buy an premium VIP Viewing presented by Great Clips has cabana or standing room ticket options in front of the beautifully lighted City and County Building on Bannock between Colfax and 14th Ave. Enjoy the descriptions and unique information of each parade unit from announcers provided by 9NEWS.
Please click here to purchase your tickets for the 2021 9NEWS Parade of Lights!
VIP Parade Cabana – $1,500 each

VIP Standing Room Only Ticket – $40 each

Suggested arrival is 45-90 minutes prior to the start of the parade.

How do we enter the VIP Viewing presented by Great Clips area?

The entrance to the VIP viewing presented by Great Clips is on the west Bannock and the entrance is next to the white tents with Ticket Sales Signs.

Parking Tips for VIP Viewing presented by Great Clips ticket holders?

The most convenient parking for persons who purchased VIP Viewing tickets or Cabanas is at the Cultural Garage with several hundred parking spaces. The Cultural Garage entrance is on the north side of 12th Ave just west of This is outside of the parade’s street closures.

Are there actual seats, or do we need chairs?

Each VIP Viewing presented by Great Clips Cabanas has seating for 10 people and can fit up to 15 people in front of the lighted City & County Building on Bannock between Colfax and 14th. This is the only place we sell admission and provide seats.
Wheelchair accessible space is available in the VIP viewing area. 
The entire parade route has free standing room (you can bring your own seat) except for the one block on Bannock where the Grandstands are located.

What time do we need to arrive and be seated?

Suggested arrival is at least 45-90 minutes prior to the start of the parade.
VIP Viewing does open as early as 4 pm on Saturday, December 4th.
Remember Saturday Parade starts at 6pm.

What can't we bring to the VIP Viewing presented by Great Clips?

No outside Alcoholic beverages, glass bottles

Outside food and beverage



Signs or banners

Amplified sound devices

Unauthorized vending

Unauthorized solicitation


Marijuana may not be smoked, consumed, distributed, or sold onsite

Firearms, weapons, contraband

- Site is subject to audio and video surveillance

What can we bring to the VIP Viewing presented by Great Clips?

Allowed are: Blankets and strollers.

What is the difference between VIP Viewing presented by Great Clips and free viewing? I thought the whole event was free; why should I pay for tickets?

Only the one block (where the VIP Viewing is positioned) is not free on the 2+ mile route.
If you purchase a VIP Viewing presented by Great Clips Cabana, you get an elevated premium space in front of the beautifully lighted City and County Building on Bannock between Colfax and 14th with access to purchase food and beverages throughout the evening. Plus, enjoy the descriptions and unique information of each parade unit from announcers provided by 9NEWS.
The parade has over 2 miles of free viewing from the sidewalks and Viewing can be somewhat obstructed because everyone is sitting/standing on the same level surface.
The VIP Viewing presented by Great Clips area has portable restrooms and access to food and beverage. 

How do I know if tickets are sold out?

In the event the VIP Viewing presented by Great Clips sells out in advance of the parade dates, the online ticket sales site will state that information, as well as the Parade website.
If the VIP Viewing Presented by Great Clips are not sold out in advance, tickets will be sold on a first come, first-sold basis for $1,500 for VIP Parade Cabana and $40 for VIP Standing room only Ticket (cash and credit cards accepted).
Can I get a ticket refund?

No refunds. This is a rain, snow or shine event.


When will the Parade be televised for at-home viewing?

9NEWS KUSA-TV, Channel 9 on Saturday, December 4th, 6-7pm (live), Saturday, December 11th, 6pm – 7pm & Friday, December 24th, 10:35pm – 11:35pm
My 20 KTVD, Saturday, December 18th, 7pm – 8pm

Will the Parade be live-streamed online? Where?



What are the best spots for viewing the Parade? Least Crowded?

Least crowded is generally the last 25%- 30% of the parade route on: 15th Street from California to Glenarm; Glenarm from 15th Street to 13th Street; and 13th Street from Glenarm to Colfax

How long does the Parade last from start to finish?

Approximately 60 minutes once the parade is in front of you on the route.

Which hotels have the best view of the Parade route? 

Hyatt House Denver Downtown
Sheraton Denver Downtown Hotel
Crowne Plaza Denver
The Brown Palace Hotel & Spa
Holiday Inn Express Denver Downtown
Grand Hyatt Denver
Hilton Denver City Center
Magnolia Hotel Denver
Renaissance Denver Downtown City Center
Kimpton Hotel Monaco Denver
Residence Inn by Marriott Denver City Center
The Westin Denver Downtown
Four Seasons Hotel Denver
Hotel Teatro
The Curtis Hotel
Embassy Suites by Hilton Denver Downtown
Hilton Garden Inn Denver Downtown


Can my (music, dance, other) group perform at 9NEW Parade of Lights?

Online applications for the 2021 Parade of Lights are now closed.
How can I volunteer to help with/work at the event?

Please call 303-840-0045 or email to discuss volunteer options.