About El Paso WinterFest

El Paso Live is proud to announce El Paso’s newest and coolest winter event, WinterFest, presented by The Hospitals of Providence and Providence Children’s Hospital.  Downtown Arts Festival Plaza and surrounding areas will come to life December 3 through January 8 with lights, food, holiday shopping, festivities and the coolest thing of all, an outdoor ice skating rink located near the Plaza Theatre.

The Hospitals of Providence Ice Skating Rink

Downtown El Paso comes alive this winter with a outdoor ice rink.  The Hospitals of Providence Ice Skating Rink is the centerpiece to WinterFest.  Open every day of WinterFest, it is Free to see, and just $8.00 to skate which includes the ice skate rental.  It’s so easy – just pick your ice skating session, book online or at WinterFest, come early to check out WinterFest and then hit the ice at your scheduled time.   There is limited capacity, so booking ahead is encouraged and there are no service fees to order your ticket online!


Skate to today’s hits and some holiday classics.  Several special events, charity nights, and promotions will be happening throughout WinterFest, so be sure to look at the schedule and skate sessions to pick your favorite night to attend!

Providence Children’s Hospital life-size Inflatable Snowglobe

Providence Children’s Hospital welcomes you into our giant inflatable snowglobe.  Step inside and take your picture in front of the El Paso WinterFest skyline.  Look out for The Photo Bus on certain nights to get you your professional picture complete with props!

El Paso Live’s Winter Village

El Paso Live brings you a taste of the Winter Markets in Europe and Union Square’s Holiday Market in New York City with our Winter Village.  Open Thursdaythrough Sunday throughout WinterFest, six vendors will be selling their goods.  So, whether you need a last minute holiday gift, or just need a small gift for yourself, check out these vendors:
Marios Curios
Delicious Mexican Eatery – Voted best tamales in El Paso for 3 years running, take home a six pack (or 2) of frozen tamales to heat up and enjoy with your family this holiday season.
Toys, Lights, and Contacts – Light up novelties and toys to make your evenings more festive – at WinterFest and at home!
Quiet Thyme Soaps – Luxurious soaps make a perfect hostess gift of holiday gift for someone special.

Texas Gas SERVICE warming Tent

Not skating but want to stay warm to watch your friends on the rink?  Stay warm in the Texas Gas Company Warming Tent.  Texas Gas Company is not just keeping you warm at home this winter, but want you to be cozy at WinterFest, as well!  Located right on the base of the rink, it’s a perfect viewing point!

the Ruhmann Law Firm’s FESTIVITY Nights

When Ruhmann Law Firm is at an event, you know it’s going to be a good time.  Sponsoring several theme nights and activities during WinterFest, Ruhmann Law Firm is making WinterFest more than just ice skating! 

Saturday, December 3, 2016 - 4pm-11pm // WINTERFEST KICK-OFF

Friday, December 9, 2016 - 5pm-11pm // TEEN NIGHT

Friday, December 16, 2016 - 7pm-11pm // UGLY SWEATER PARTY

Sunday, December 18, 2016 - 9am-11:30am // BREAKFAST WITH SANTA

Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 5pm-8pm // LET IT SNOW DAY

Thursday, December 29, 2016 - 4pm-10pm // JERSEY DAY

Friday, January 6, 2017 - 7pm-11pm // SKATE-N-DATE NIGHT

Sunday, January 8, 2017 - Noon-6pm // WINTERFEST GRAND FINALE


Big Media Kringle Kafé 


Step inside to enjoy some amazing treats while you are enjoying WinterFest and downtown El Paso.  Whether you are in the mood for a “Chilly” dog, popcorn, or warm churro, Big Media’s Kringle Kafé has a wide menu to warm your spirit!  The Kringle Kafé is also proud to be serving coffee from El Paso’s own Coffee Box and El Paso’s best tamales (three years running) from Delicious Mexican Eatery. 


At the base of the ice rink stands our 25’ tall Holiday Tree thanks to El Paso Electric – who knows how to light up the holidays!  This tree is the perfect backdrop for your ice skating experience or your all of those pictures that you will be posting on social media #EPWinterFest.



The El Paso Community Foundation Plaza Classic Film Festival present a series of movies at The Plaza Theatre generously sponsored by One Source Federal Credit Union.  See a holiday favorite film inside the historic and beautiful theater.  Admission is $2.00 at the Plaza Theatre box office.

December 16, 2016
1:00pm: A Christmas Story
3:30pm: Home Alone
7:00pm: It’s a Wonderful Life

December 18, 2016
1:00pm: The Muppet Christmas Carol
3:30pm: White Christmas
6:00pm: The Santa Clause

Charity Skate Nights at WinterFest

Since you are already planning on coming to WinterFest to skate, why not give a little to save a little?
TASTY TUESDAYS – Every Tuesday, donate a canned food item and receive $2 OFF your skate pass thanks to The Hospitals of Providence.  Donations benefit the El Pasoans Fighting Hunger Food Bank
WARM WEDNESDAYS – Every Wednesday, donate a warm clothing item (mittens, coats, scarf, socks, etc.) and receive $2 OFF your skate pass.  Donations benefit The United Way of El Paso.  
NO COAL FOR CHRISTMAS TOY DRIVE – Thursday, December 8, 15, and 22, donate a new toy this holiday season and receive ½ OFF on your skate pass thanks to El Paso Electric.  It is recommended to bring an educational toy as all toys benefit The Boys and Girls Club of El Paso. 

KVIA OPERATION NOEL - Monday, December 5 through Sunday, December 11, 2016 , $1 of every skate pass purchased will be donated to Operation Noel to help keep El Pasoans warm and cozy with coats.  Remember, mention KVIA when you purchase your skate pass at the WinterFest ticket booth or online to activate the donation.

Discount on Adult, Military, and Child skate passes (limit of 1 discount per pass).. Discount cannot be combined with other offers.  For Tasty Tuesday, Warm Wednesday, and No Coal For Christmas Toy Drive, discounts only for skate passes purchased at WinterFest box office at 125 Pioneer Plaza upon receiving your donation.