Des Moines Winter at Brenton Skating Plaza

Des Moines Winter at Brenton Skating Plaza

Des Moines Winter at Brenton Skating Plaza 2019

When winter hits Des Moines, Iowa the kids and I love to bust out our Winter Bucket list and begin crossing items off like drinking hot cocoa and building a snowman. One thing we always include is ice skating under the Des Moines skyline at Brenton Skating Plaza.

No Des Moines winter is complete without an adventure to Brenton Skating Plaza. This is the perfect winter activity whether you have ice skated a hundred times or not at all. They offer skate mates for all ages, so this activity is perfect for all ages.

If you want to receive more individual instruction for ice skating, mark your calendars for the Brenton Skating Plaza skating clinics. Skating clinics are free thanks to Iowa Wild and are for ages 4 years and older. Included in your session is admission, skate rentals, and a buy one get one admission ticket to see the Iowa Wild play!

2019 Skating Clinic Dates

  • Nov. 23
  • Dec. 14
  • Jan. 11 & 25
  • Feb. 15

Brenton Skating Plaza will open for the 2019 winter season on Friday, November 15 at 12 p.m. Mark your calendars!

One of my favorite events to kick-off winter and the Holiday season is the East Village Promenade that includes Brenton Skating Plaza. We try to attend every year!

This is the perfect chance to visit with Santa and watch as they light the large Christmas tree for the Holiday season. This year there will be a live ice sculpting on-site at 6:30 p.m.

If you are looking for a special activity to do on Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year’s Day, grab the family and enjoy some ice skating. Brenton Skating Plaza is open special hours on these holidays and wants you to come and celebrate!

Special hours | 4 to 9 p.m. (Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day only)


  • Monday through Thursday  |  5 – 9 p.m.
  • Friday & Saturday  |  Noon – 11 p.m.
  • Sunday  |  Noon – 6 p.m.


  • Adults  |  $9.00
  • Child (5 to 12 years old)/Military/Senior 62+  |  $5.50
  • Skate Rental  |   $5.00
  • Skate Sharpening  |  $5.00
  • Shoe Check  |  $1.00

** Admission increased by $1 on holidays


We are giving away FREE admission passes to give you and your family a chance to ice skate at Brenton Skating Plaza this winter. Enter in to win below.

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7 thoughts on “Des Moines Winter at Brenton Skating Plaza

  1. Alyssa Jansen says:

    Favorite winter activity is sledding, but also reading by a fire!

  2. Definitely love ice skating at Brenton Plaza!

  3. Skating is fun!

  4. Dawn Pauls says:


  5. Amanda Harden says:

    While I don’t love the cold, we are trying hard to embrace winter. We’ve loved sledding at our neighborhood park, then coming home to hot chocolate and popcorn.

  6. The Silver Skater ice skaters are looking to expand our group. We are encouraging anyone 62+ to consider purchasing a Senior pass from Brenton Plaza and then joining us for some fun skating times on the ice. Please feel free to contact me at 515-222’9168 for details.

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