8 outdoor ice skating rinks around L.A. to help you glide into the holiday spirit
In a region where winter temperatures often rise above 80, we have no business being able to ice skate at will, but we can. Even at the beach. You never know where and when the urge to glide upon ice will seize you.
Here’s a sampling of outdoor holiday ice skating options around Southern California.
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This winter’s possibilities are bolstered by the return of seasonal rinks in Santa Monica and DTLA’s Pershing Square, neither of which operated last winter.
Meanwhile, the Dodgers, whose stadium holiday festival in 2021 included an ice rink in the outfield, have not yet announced 2022 holiday plans.
In many cases, rinks are requiring or urging advance reservations. Be sure to check the websites for details on how to reserve.
L.A. Kings Holiday Ice at L.A. Live
The hours Nov. 26 through Dec. 18 are 5 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. (during which time there are four 90-minute sessions).
From Dec. 19 through Jan. 8, hours are 4 p.m. to midnight (again, four 90-minute sessions). If it’s raining, check the rink’s Instagram @laliveofficial.
Irvine Spectrum Center Ice Rink
The cost is $25 per person (rental skates included) or $23 if you bring your own skates. The price for children ages 3-10 is $21, rental skates included. Jump-the-line tickets are available for $45. Helmets can be rented for $5, lockers for 75 cents.
Skating sessions on Sundays through Thursdays run from 2-3:30 p.m., 4-5:30 p.m., 6-7:30 p.m. and 8-9:30 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, sessions run at the same times, with an added session from 10-11:30 p.m.
Skating by the Sea at Hotel del Coronado
There’s a rink-adjacent lounge called Frostbite that serves small plates and holiday-themed drinks and has fire pits where you can warm up post-skating.
Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square
From Nov. 23-Dec. 16, the rink will be open Mondays through Thursdays 11:30 a.m.- 9:30 p.m.; Fridays 11:30 a.m. – 11 p.m.; Saturdays 10 a.m. – 11 p.m. and Sundays 10am – 9:30 p.m. From Dec. 17- Dec. 30, it will be open Mondays through Thursdays 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.; and Sundays 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m. On Thaksgiving, Nov. 24, hours are 11:30 a.m. -9:30 p.m.
On Dec. 24, 25, 31 and Jan. 1, hours are 10 a.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Ice Rink at Paséa Hotel & Spa
From Nov. 25 through Dec. 24, the rink will be open on Wednesdays and Thursdays 3 p.m.-9 p.m. On Fridays and Saturdays, open 12 p.m-9 p.m. On Nov. 27 and Dec. 4 (Sundays), open 12 p.m.-9 p.m. On Dec. 11 and Dec. 18 (Sundays), 3 p.m. – 9 p.m. On Monday and Tuesdays before Christmas, the rink will be closed.
It will be closed Christmas.
From Dec. 26 -Dec. 31, it will be open daily 3 p.m.-9 p.m.
Ice at Santa Monica
Admission and skate rental: $20.
Skating in the Park, Rancho Palos Verdes
Skating will happen in 30-minute sessions, ages 5 and up. The rink opens Dec. 16, operating 5:30-830 p.m. that night (with a tree-lighting ceremony). After that, it will run Dec. 17, 18, 26-31 and Jan. 2-8, 12:30pm -7pm. Admission is $7 for Rancho Palos Verdes residents, $10 for non-residents, skate rental included.
Santa Ana Winter Village
The scene will include shopping, food trucks and live entertainment, depending on the hour. (The Winter Village’s hours vary by day; details here.)
Skating costs $15 per adult and $10 per child (12 and under), skate rentals included. (Residents of Santa Ana, however, get a better price: $10 for adults and $5 for kids). Reservations can be made beginning Saturday, Nov. 19.
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