Skate the Star presented by UCare. Image courtesy of Mall of America Mall of America® is excited to announce a new experience for guests this holiday season – SKATE THE STAR. This custom-built ice rink is located at the North entrance of MOA® and is built around the iconic Star. Presented by UCare®, the 12,000 square-foot ice rink will open to the public on Saturday, December 8 and will be open through January 27. Skate the Star is free and open to the public during select Mall hours. Guests are welcome to use their own skates, or skate rentals will be available for $5 with 100 percent of skate rental proceeds going directly to the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Twin Cities (BGCTC). Funds raised from skate rentals will help the BGCTC provide activities and support to more than 9,000 young people in kindergarten through graduation from high school. Learn more about hours, ice rink rules, facts and skate rentals.
The rest of Bloomington and the surrounding area also celebrates the winter season through unique activities and events. Plan your winter getaway to Minnesota and stay at one of our over 40 hotels, all central to the winter fun!
And when it's time to come in from the cold, discover Mall of America®, the nations largest indoor mall, which boasts endless shopping options, more than 50 restaurants, and four of Minnesota's top attractions - Nickelodeon Universe®, SEA LIFE® Minnesota Aquarium, Crayola® Experience, and FlyOver America.
Dress warmly for once in a lifetime experiences, from ice fishing on a frozen lake to snowshoeing through Hyland Lake Park Reserve. If you're looking for traditional winter fun, Hyland Hills Ski Area offers downhill skiing and snowboarding, and a new chalet to warm your toes. The Minneapolis Ski Club hosts ski jumping competitions throughout the winter at Hyland's Bush Lake Ski Jump that feature Olympic-level athletes. Cross-country ski trails are another activity offered at Hyland Lake Park Reserve. Lace up your ice skates and take your family to one of the many outdoor skating rinks and warming houses in Bloomington.
If it's indoor sporting events you're looking for, visiting Minnesota in the winter is an ideal time to witness a hometown favorite - hockey. Enjoy a professional Minnesota Wild hockey game at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul or an exciting Minnesota Golden Gophers collegiate game at the University of Minnesota. It's also basketball season here in Minnesota. Come cheer on our professional NBA team, the Minnesota Timberwolves. All of the sports arenas are accessible from Bloomington via our METRO Light Rail system. Minnesota Ice Fishing
Normandale Lake and Bush Lake Ski Jump by Doug Wallick FIND WINTER EVENTS IN BLOOMINGTON AND SURROUNDING MINNEAPOLIS & ST. PAUL METRO AREA
Ice Castles is back in the Twin Cities this year with a new location and new sculptures to explore. This family-friendly attraction features beautiful castles made completely out of ice, with slides, passageways, and surprises around every corner. Located in nearby Excelsior, Ice Castles is just a short drive from west Bloomington hotels.
The Saint Paul Winter Carnival celebrates all things winter in downtown Saint Paul's Rice Park. Ice carving competitions, parades, live entertainment, Securian Winter Run, Pioneer Press Treasure Hunt, and children's activities. Come join the fun January 24 through February 3.
The City of Lakes Loppet Ski Festival in Minneapolis is a winter sports lover's dream come true, with competitions including everything from speed skating to skijoring, in which skiers are pulled across ice by dogs. Not an athlete? No problem - take a casual stroll around Lake of the Isles during the Luminary Loppet and enjoy cocoa, treats, and live music.