ALBERTVILLE – If a winter wonderland is on the list this holiday season, the “bigger and better” Sand Mountain Skate is back again for the second year in a row. Hailed as the largest real ice skating rink in North Alabama, the 5,000 square-foot ice skating rink – 1,000 more square feet than last year – will take up residence at Albertville’s Sand Mountain Amphitheater through Jan. 13, 2024.
“We are extremely excited to host the Sand Mountain region again this year at Sand Mountain Skate,” said Sand Mountain Park General Manager Brent Boatwright. “We wanted to build upon last year, and we got even more creative this year, to make it bigger and better.”
The increase in size allows Sand Mountain Amphitheater to accommodate more skaters at one of the “best holiday activity destinations in the Sand Mountain region,” according to a recent press release. This year’s setup will also have an improved layout featuring a 40’ x 40’ heated tent that is connected to the ice rink.
Sand Mountain Skate offers public ice skate sessions, birthday parties, corporate/private event options, church group nights, a Christmas tree trail, holiday light shows, Santa Clause appearances and theme nights. New food and beverage options are available, including cinnamon-glazed roasted pecans and cashews, soft pretzels, popcorn, pizza, soup, chili, cinnamon rolls, donuts, hot chocolate, apple cider and more. Bar options include beer, wine and specialty drinks, such as a Peach Bourbon Frothy. Sand Mountain Skate merchandise is available for purchase, as well.
Public Skate sessions cost $15.00 per person and include skate rental and a skate aid. Without skate rental, the cost is $8.00 per person. Public skate sessions are 1.5-hour time slots and are available Friday-Sunday, as well as additional days during Christmas break. Birthday parties, private events and group nights can be scheduled with the Sand Mountain Skate team.
“Sand Mountain Skate allows our community to have a fun activity during the winter months that can involve the whole family, or a large group of friends,” Boatwright said. “We will be hosting multiple activities and events throughout the season, so I encourage you to stay up-to-date with our social media to keep up with all that will be going on. We will host school field trips, birthday parties, holiday light shows to themed events, public skate sessions to corporate holiday parties, that will make Sand Mountain Skate the place to be this Winter season.”
Sand Mountain Park & Amphitheater is a sports, leisure, wellness and entertainment venue with 16 tennis courts, 14 outdoor turf fields, a 6,000+ person capacity outdoor amphitheater, an 8-lane indoor competition/lap pool, an outdoor water park, multiple playgrounds, an RV park, an 18-hole disc golf course, a 3.5+ mile walking/running trail, two dog parks, and a 103,000 square-foot community recreation center that includes four hardwood courts, a 2-story fitness center, a 2-lane indoor track, concessions, locker rooms and conference/party rooms.