Ice rink opens in Knoxville’s Market Square

Families celebrate holiday traditions in Downtown Knoxville

KNOXVILLE (WATE) – There is no doubt Christmas has arrived in Downtown Knoxville.

The Hill family spent Friday morning ice skating in the Market Square ice rink. Jinny Hill and her two sons were the first to hit the ice.

“We are season pass holders one, two and three for the fourth year running,” said Jinny Hill. “The boys were little when we lived downtown, so they learned how to skate on ice. This has become an annual tradition to be here on the first day and be the first ones on the ice.”

Market Square Ice RinkLast year for the rink’s 10th anniversary, Knoxville Special Events decided to not use a tent in order to give the ice rink a “Rockefeller Center” type feel. This year, they’ve also added glass walls and new skates for the rink.

“It’s been nice to watch it grow over the last several years,” said Jinny Hill. “They’ve tried to make it a little better each and every year.”

Even though the Hill family has moved away from Knoxville, they still come back each year to celebrate their family tradition.

“It’s just a little fun thing to do and I think it’s just a really great way to celebrate winter,” said Jimmy Hill’s son, Max.


Admission price includes entry fee, skate rental and unlimited time on ice. They accept cash, Visa and Mastercard.

  • 1 Day Ticket Adult $10
  • 1 Day Ticket Children Age 12 & Under $7
  • Season Pass Adult $45
  • Season Pass Children Age 12 & Under $30


Regular Hours Nov. 25 – Dec. 18

  • Monday thru Thursday 4 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Extended Hours Dec. 19 – Jan. 8

  • Monday thru Thursday 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Friday and Saturday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Sunday 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Special Holiday Hours Christmas & New Years

  • Christmas Eve 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
  • Christmas Day Closed
  • December 26: 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • New Years Eve 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • New Years Day 1 p.m. to 9 p.m.


Parking is free at all city-owned garages after 6 p.m. on weekdays and throughout the weekend, except for specific special events. City-owned garages include the Locust Street garage, the State Street garage and the Market Square garage.

Weekly nightly schedule

  • Monday: Skate with the Knoxville Ice Bears and Chilly- Receive $2 off admission with an Ice Bears ticket stub
  • Tuesday: Skate with Peppermint Panda – Receive $1 off admission when you wear red & white / peppermint attire
  • Wednesday: Christmas Sweater Night – Receive $1.00 off admission when you wear your Christmas sweater. The most festive skater will win a prize!
  • Thursday: College Night – Receive $2.00 off admission with a College ID
  • Friday & Saturday: Skate to disco lights and DJ music provided by Knox Vegas DJ
  • Sunday: Family Fun Day

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