black and white images of ice skaters of all ages and skill levels enjoy an abstract ice rink
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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.

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LA Kings Holiday Ice at L.A. LIVE, downtown Los Angeles.
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L.A. Kings Holiday Ice at L.A. Live

Downtown L.A. Sports Venue
This seasonal rink will be open in front of Arena Nov. 26 through Jan. 8. General admission tickets are $25 per person and $20 for children ages 6 and under (rental skates included). For those who want to skip the line, there are a limited number of $45 fast passes sold online.

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.
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An outdoor ice rink with a Ferris wheel in the background.
(Irvine Spectrum Center)

Irvine Spectrum Center Ice Rink

Irvine Sports Venue
The Irvine Spectrum Center’s rink is open through New Year’s Day in the Giant Wheel Court (but closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas, with shortened hours on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve).

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.
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People ice skate at Skating by the Sea in front of the Hotel del Coronado.
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Skating by the Sea at Hotel del Coronado

Coronado Sports Venue
Skating by the Sea, the ice rink at the Hotel del Coronado, is open Nov. 17 through Jan. 1 with varying hours. General admission is $40, or $35 for hotel guests. That includes skate rental. From the rink, you can see the beach, the Pacific and the grand old red-roofed Hotel del Coronado, which goes back to the 1880s.

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.
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Pershing Square Holiday Ice Skating Rink, downtown Los Angeles
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Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square

Downtown L.A. Sports Venue
This downtown rink returns Nov. 23 through Jan. 1 after a two-year absence. Admission is $20 per person for a one-hour session, including skate rental. Locker rentals $5.

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.
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A couple  skates at the Pasea Hotel & Spa in December 2020.
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Ice Rink at Paséa Hotel & Spa

Huntington Beach Sports Venue
The temporary rink at Huntington Beach’s Paséa Hotel is happening for the third time. It will run Nov. 25 through Dec. 31. Skating is $35 for an hour, rental skates included.

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.
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Ice at Santa Monica.
(Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.)

Ice at Santa Monica

Santa Monica Sports Venue
This temporary outdoor rink (which didn’t open last year) will operate Nov. 14-Jan. 16, noon to 10 p.m. at Santa Monica’s Fifth Street and Arizona Ave. Its grand opening will be Wednesday, Nov. 16, 6-10 p.m.

Admission and skate rental: $20.
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An aerial view of Palos Verdes.
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Skating in the Park, Rancho Palos Verdes

Rancho Palos Verdes Sports Venue
This rink at the Ken Dyda Civic Center will run Dec. 16 though Jan. 8, with one notable footnote: The rink surface is synthetic ice, which organizers say is “a solid polymer sheet that interlocks with other panels to form an artificial ice surface for skating.”

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.

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Ice skating at Winter Village in Santa Ana.
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Santa Ana Winter Village

Santa Ana Ice skating rink
This rink runs Dec. 8 through Jan. 8 in the Orange County Civic Center Plaza of the Flags, with a grand opening and tree-lighting ceremony at 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10.

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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