In Orange County, the summer atmosphere seems to permeate the landscape year round. Even in the winter, locals are hard-pressed to call this part of California a winter wonderland. That doesn’t mean one can’t experience a classic holiday escape amidst the palm trees and bright sunshine. Without having to drive past the county line, families and friends can get into the mood of winter by grabbing a pair of skates and enjoying some of the best ice skating rinks in the Southland.
Downtown Disney District Ice Skating Rink
1580 S Disneyland Dr
Anaheim, CA 92802
Dates: Nov. 13, 2014 to Jan. 10, 2015
This season, put on your warmest clothes, strap on some skates and join your friends at Downtown Disney Winter Village for some ice-skating. At the center of the village is an ice rink where you can skate to holiday music and take in the sights of a towering Christmas tree which surrounds the rink. The rink is open from Nov. 13 through January 10, 2015.
Irvine Spectrum’s Outdoor Ice Skating Rink
71 Fortune Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
Dates: Oct. 3 2014 to Feb. 16, 2015
Every year, adults and children celebrate the holidays at one of Orange County’s best outdoor ice rinks. Presenting its holiday on ice, The Irvine Spectrum Center rink sits next to the Giant Wheel and gives families, couples and kids the opportunity to get in the spirit as they put on their warmest to skate the day away. Families may purchase season passes, sign up for private lessons, or book the rink for private parties. For those family members who want to drop their kids off and do some shopping, the Irvine Spectrum offers a great selection of stores to choose from to get your holiday shopping off to a start. In addition, the Irvine Spectrum offers a chance to catch the latest blockbuster at the movie theater nearby and dine at world class eateries.
Aliso Viejo Ice Palace
Aliso Viejo, CA 92656
Aliso Viejo Ice Palace is the coolest place to go in Orange County for birthday parties or a slick night on the town with friends. Music videos and a color light show light up the ice in the evenings. If chilling on the ice makes you hungry, visit the full-service snack bar for food and drinks. This rink also offers skating lessons, broomball parties and a competitive hockey program for athletes of all ages.
KHS Ice Arena
1000 E. Cerritos Ave.
Anaheim, CA 92805
This year, trade in the boring workplace holiday potluck for a team-building game of broomball on ice. KHS Ice Arena hosts special corporate events and provides the brooms, balls, nets and ice needed for a night of friendly competition. If fraternizing with the co-workers isn’t your cup of tea, consider taking lessons in a solo sport such as singles figure skating. The on-site pro shop will keep you geared up for this winter sport any time of year.
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Truc Dever is a freelance writer covering all things Orange County. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.