People visit Southern California and stay because of our temperate weather and lively culture. While much of the east coast is experiencing winter weather, we’re enjoying 70 and occasional 80 degree temperatures. But if you’re looking for a bit of winter fun, you don’t have to go far. Los Angeles, Orange County, and the Inland Empire each house outdoor ice skating rinks with winter activities to get us in the holiday spirit.
Downtown On Ice
532 S. Olive St.
Los Angeles, 90013
Located in the heart of downtown, Pershing Square plays host to LA’s original outdoor ice skating rink. This year will mark the 14th season of Downtown On Ice, where guests can skate for just $8. Plan to spend an afternoon ice skating and enjoying the venue’s free attractions which include the Winter Holiday Festival, skating exhibitions, the winter concert series, special events, live telecasts, broomball games, and more. The rink opens November 17th and the season will run through January 16th, 2012.
ICE at Santa Monica
1324 5th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Who says you can’t ice skate and surf in the same day? Located just minutes from Santa Monica Beach you’ll find ICE at Santa Monica, an 8,000 square foot ice skating rink. Downtown Santa Monica is host to a variety of unique, upscale, and trendy shops and restaurants so be sure to plan on spending the day in the area. Along with their Winterlit Holiday Events, you’ll also find ICE-specific events including Rock ‘N’ Skate on Friday nights, Sunday Costume Skate, Lil’ Tot Time, LA Kings Hockey Clinics, and the grand opening celebration, which takes place on November 15th. Plan on skating through the season? Be sure to pick up your ICE at Santa Monica Skaters Dozen pass.
Chill at the W
930 Hilgard Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90024
Only in LA will you see a swimming pool deck converted into an eco-friendly hybrid ice skating rink. With hourly snowfall, Z Gallerie-outfitted cabanas, Saturday evening ice skate performances by STUDIOSK8, Saturday morning fitness classes by FiTIST, and food/drinks from The Ice Bar, CHILL really is the coolest place to skate in LA. Guests pay just $10 for an hour of ice skating (including skate rental). Be sure to bring your kids as the venue offers gingerbread cookie decorating on the weekends (free with one adult admission). The 1,600 square foot ice rink will open November 18th for daily ice skating. If you’re visiting or simply want a staycation, be sure to check out the Ice Skate Packages.
Holiday On Ice
71 Fortune Drive, Irvine, CA 92618
Located at one the popular Southern California outdoor shopping destination, Holiday On Ice boasts the only outdoor ice skating rink in Orange County. Guests can skate during the venue’s 75 minute open skate sessions. If you live in the area and plan on visiting frequently, consider obtaining a season pass which includes admission and skate rental. The rink is located in Giant Wheel Court, adjacent to Nordstrom and Macy’s.
Mission Inn Festival Of Lights
For 5 weeks during the winter, Inland Empire residents and visitors can take part in the 19th annual Riverside Festival of Lights. Along with hosting a variety of family-friendly activities, Downtown Riverside boasts Inland Empire’s first outdoor skating rink. If you’re local or planning on ice skating throughout the season, inquire about their Frequent Skater Card which offers a bit of savings. The rink is open daily from November 25th through January 8th.
Woodland Hills Ice
6100 Topanga Canyon Boulevard
Woodland HIlls, CA 91367
Woodland Hills Ice, now open at the Westfield Promenade Mall on Topanga Canyon Blvd., is the only outdoor open-air ice rink in the San Fernando Valley. In addition to the regular open skate times, this rink can host birthday parties, field trips, fundraisers, private lessons, and special events all winter long. The 7,000 square foot rink is open through February 5, 2012, and costs just $15 for skate rental and all-day skating.
Caryn Bailey blogs at Rockin’ Mama.