Welcome to Union Holiday presented by TD!
The idea and concept of the ice rink was conceived by the Programming and Special Events Team at Union Station to create a special outdoor experience in the heart of this beautiful city. We design these programs because we care for the community and want to inspire people to build positive connections.
We are passionate and driven to create moments of joy during the Holiday season with a festive, truly Canadian winter activity. Rink-goers can immerse themselves in the experience by skating in an environment that welcomes all levels. Whether you are an avid skater, someone enjoying the free skate rentals lacing up a pair for the first time, or just out for good, old fashioned family fun, we know that this rink will put a smile on your face.
For us this experience transcends and goes beyond skating. This experience is about creating community in the heart of the city and finding joy in an environment where safety and fun are the priority. We hope this rink and the experiences you have here inspire good energy for you and your family this holiday season.
Union Station is so much more than a successful transit hub – come inside to escape the cold and enjoy the many unique retail shops and top restaurant options available.
To ensure your safety and the safety of others, we ask that you please follow all the rules posted. This rink would not be possible without all our incredible staff, our wonderful sponsors and – most of all – you.
How do I register for a timed skate slot?
Registration for timed entry is required. Skating is open to the public and for all skill levels. Children under 12 years of age must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. One parent/guardian is required for every two children under 12 years of age. You can register through Eventbrite by clicking here. Each person must register separately and is required to fill out a waiver to complete their registration, including answering COVID-19 pre-screening questions. You will be prompted for your skate size if you are hoping to take advantage of our free skate rentals. All Patrons must sign a waiver to participate in Union Holiday.
Skating slots are for 45min of ice time. Skating slots have been programmed with 15min between groups in order to provide time for sanitization onsite and to encourage social distancing during the turnover. Please note, online registration must be completed 24hr before your selected skate time. Please cancel your reservation 12 hrs prior if you are not able to attend your selected skate time.
We will not be taking walk-ins. Please arrive no earlier than 10min prior to your timed entry for onsite screening. Please leave the facility immediately following your selected skating time.
What are the COVID protocols?
To ensure the safety of our patrons, Union Holiday will be enforcing COVID-19 protocols that strictly adhere to Ontario Public Health guidelines. We strongly recommend that all patrons be vaccinated. Masks or face coverings are mandatory while on the Union Holiday grounds, including the rink. Social distancing (maintenance of a distance of 2m or 6 ft) with persons outside your household is required. To provide for social distancing, Union Holiday will be operating at reduced capacity with a maximum of 25 people on the rink.
Skating slots have been programmed with 15min between groups in order to provide time for sanitization onsite and to encourage social distancing during the turnover. All skate rentals are sanitized between use.
Upon arrival at Union Holiday, you will be asked to confirm your registration information and complete a COVID-19 screening questionnaire as directed by Union Holiday staff. Entry will be denied to persons who are not able to successfully answer the COVID-19 screening questions. Further information regarding the questions that will be asked in the COVID-19 screening questionnaire can be found here.
To ensure the safety of all visitors inside the station and on the rink, masks or face coverings are mandatory and social distancing is encouraged.
How do the free skate rentals work?
Ice skates and helmets are available for free at Union Holiday. Please note that there are limited rentals available and that rentals will be provided on a first come first serve basis.
To participate in our free skate/helmet rental program, Patrons will be required to sign a waiver during registration and will be asked to provide a government issued identification card as a deposit at skate/helmet pickup. Your identification will be returned when the ice skates and/or helmet are returned.
We have 20 youth sized helmets and 5 adult sized helmets available for rent. Helmets are highly encouraged on the rink and are required for children under the age of 6.
All skate and helmet rentals are sanitized between use. Ice skates and/or helmets must remain on the Union Holiday grounds at all times.
The rental skates available onsite are donated by Bauer from their new line of recreational skates which are unisex and are models offering the latest technology designed to make lacing skates and adjusting helmets easier than ever. Please see the size guide here.
Can I bring my own skates?
You are welcome to bring your own skates to the rink!
Will there be free skating lessons?
We will not be providing regular skating lessons this year on the rink, however, our supporting sponsors Bauer are happy to offer a couple of special occasion free 30min lessons on December 12th and 19th, during the 3pm and 4pm skating slots. with Sean Walker from iTrain Hockey. You can register for these lessons through Eventbrite.
Sean Walker is a world renowned leader in the hockey training industry. His company, iTrain Hockey, offers skills tutorials, practice plans and knowledge videos to players of all ages and skill levels.
When are Union Beats Skate Nights?
Union Beats Skate Nights- Sponsored by TD are on Friday and Saturdays from 4-9 p.m. DJ’s will be mixing live from rinkside to amplify your skating experience.
Union is excited to share the following DJ schedule:
Monday November 29 *Opening Day* – DJ Killa Kels
Friday December 3 – DJ Agile
Saturday December 4 – DJ Mel Boogie
Friday December 10 – DJ Agile
Saturday December 11 – DJ Mensa
Friday December 17 – DJ Grouch
Saturday December 18 – DJ Fly Lady Di
Friday December 24 *12pm-5pm – DJ Fly Lady Di
Friday December 31 – DJ Killa Kels
Saturday January 1 – DJ Fizza
Are there accessibility accommodations?
Guests should indicate during registration whether they require any accommodations at the rink. Please check in with ice rink staff before use of any assistive devices so that staff can monitor and assist where possible. Please note: only non-motorized wheelchairs are permitted on the ice. Support persons will be allowed on the ice only if they are wearing skates. A separate registration is required for each support person. If you are using a wheelchair, please remove salt or dirt from the wheels prior to accessing the ice. Service animals are not permitted on the ice for the safety of the animal and other patrons using the rink.