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Come celebrate World Ice Skating Day in Lake Placid, New York!

World Ice Skating Day is an international day dedicated to celebrating ice skating across the world in the form of a global festival.  This global festival comes to the Lake Placid Olympic Center and the James C. Sheffield Speed Skating Oval on Sunday, December 4 and will encompass all types of ice sports.

Be it first time skaters, professional athletes, or families looking to spend quality time together, there is something for everyone at World Ice Skating Day in Lake Placid!

Additionally, local clubs will be on hand to help out and give more information on programs.  If you’ve never skated before, come on over and someone will help you with the most exciting of “firsts!”

This is your chance to get the family skating again before the holiday rush!


Speedskating (10-12 pm / 4-6 pm) on the World Famous James C. Sheffield Speed Skating Oval home to Eric Heiden’s legendary feat of winning five Olympic Gold Medals in 1980. Of course, the Oval was also the site of the 1932 Olympic Speedskating competition as well, and the home of the first Winter Olympic Gold Medalist ever, Charles Jewtraw.

Learn To Skate (4:30 pm- 5pm) with the Lake Placid Skating Club on the 1980 Rink.

Public Skating Session (12-3 pm / 7-9 pm)

Enjoy skating on the Olympic Oval to celebrate World Ice Skating Day with your family!

Figure Skating Show (6:30 pm, 1932 Jack Shea Arena)

Come watch The Polar Express Skating Show at 6:30PM in the 1932 Arena where Sonja Henie won the second of her three Olympic Gold Medals, and where two-time Olympic Gold Medalist Dick Button perfected the double axel, triple loop and flying camel with his coach, Gustav Lussi. Event is free to the public with a gift donation for the North Elba Christmas Fund.

Watch Ice Hockey and Skating (11 am – 7 pm)

Our rinks are always filled with with athletes of all ages practicing and playing their sports. Come inside the Olympic Center and take a look at the new Miracle Plaza, which houses the new Miracle Moments Retail Shop, the soon to open Lake Placid Olympic Museum, and Roamer’s Cafe. While inside, venture into the 1980 Herb Brooks Arena and adjacent USA rink and see hockey and skating games and lessons.

Group Photo on the Oval (2 pm)

Come out to the Oval at 2 pm for a group photo to commemorate the first World ice Skating Day!