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‘Tis the season: Yelp data highlights best ice skating rinks and Christmas tree farms



For many, the anticipation and excitement of the holiday season begins to build the day after Halloween, and moments after Thanksgiving, it’s time for winter decorating and festive activities, like hitting your local ice skating rink and picking out the perfect Christmas tree with loved ones.

To help you find that beautiful tree – accompanied by great service – we’ve identified the top spots across the country to buy a Christmas tree, according to Yelp data. To come up with this list, we identified businesses in the Christmas Trees category, then ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews. We included only 2 businesses per state for geographic diversity. Note that opening dates and hours of operation can vary during the holiday season.


Another quintessential winter activity to delight in during the holiday season is ice skating. We identified the top 20 outdoor ice skating rinks across the country, according to Yelp data, to help your search for this seasonal favorite – whether you’re looking for a merrymaking family activity, fun night out with friends, or romantic date with a loved one. Spanning coast to coast, Yelp users love these scenic skating spots, from Palo Alto’s Winter Lodge, a permanent outdoor ice skating rink that has been a source of holiday cheer since 1956, to Wollman Rink in New York City’s iconic, bustling Central Park.

To determine this all-time list of the best outdoor skating rinks in the U.S., we identified businesses in the Skating Rinks category with a large concentration of reviews mentioning relevant keywords, then ranked those spots using a number of factors including the total volume and ratings of reviews mentioning those keywords. We included only 2 businesses per state for geographic diversity. In addition, all of these are outdoor skating rinks.

Check out the top spots in our Collection of Top Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in the U.S. here:

Ready to start your holiday shopping? Check out our list of the Top 100 Places to Shop Small for great local businesses that ship nationwide!

What are your favorite must-visit local businesses to make the holidays merry and bright? Share with us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram @Yelp!

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