Where To Go Ice Skating Outdoors In L.A. This Season
We may not get snow in L.A., but that doesn't mean we can't get into the holiday spirit. 'Tis the season for peppermint mochas and a good dose of ice skating. Now's the time to show off your triple axel jumps as outdoor skating rinks are starting to open up their doors to hordes of Angelenos wanting to get a taste of some of that icy frost. Put on your scarves and mittens, pretend our city is cold for a moment, and lace up those skates.
Pershing Square is nestled in the heart of L.A. and gives locals a chance to skate outdoors and feel that crisp city air. The Grand Opening Ceremony on Nov. 14 kickstarts the opening of the rink, featuring a free event with a performance by The Lion King musical at the Pantages. If you're feeling a little sporty, there will be broomball tournaments throughout January. General admission is $8 and skate rentals are $2, and the open-air rink will be operating through to Jan. 20.
Pershing Square is located at 532 S. Olive St. in Downtown
Chill at The Queen Mary
The Queen Mary is jumping on the skating rink boat with something akin to an experience at a theme park. For a $29.95 a pop for adults and $14.95 for children, folks get to enjoy the ice rink in front of the Queen Mary, as well as access to the boat, and the Ice Kingdom which features scenes from The Nutcracker—touted as the "Chill Experience." And for those hardcore skaters, feel free to get a season pass too&mash;yes, just like Disneyland. This icy park opens from Nov. 22 to Jan. 5.
The Queen Mary is located at 1126 Queens Highway in Long Beach, (877) 342-0738
Ice at Santa Monica
Westsiders get to enjoy some of the coastal chill as Downtown Santa Monica transforms the corner of 5th St. and Arizona Ave. into a winter wonderland. The 8,000 square foot outdoor ice rink even allows for private cabana party rentals—if that isn't L.A., we don't know what is. It's open now through Jan. 20, and $12 covers skate rentals and all-day admission. If you bring a buddy on Tuesdays through the month of Nov. and Jan., you get a two-for-one deal.
Ice at Santa Monica is located at 1324 5th St. in Santa Monica, (310) 461-8333
Photo courtesy of L.A. Kings Holiday on Ice at L.A. Live
L.A. Kings Holiday Ice Rink at L.A. Live
If this doesn't get you in the mood for the holidays, we don't know what will. This rink circles around a 66-foot Christmas tree beaming with an LED light show, smack dab in the middle of L.A. Live's already sparkling venue full of restaurants and the Staples Center. It will be open from Nov. 29 to Dec. 31. General admission including skate rentals is $13, and military, senior citizens, and children under five get a discount at $6.
L.A. Live is located at 800 W Olympic Blvd. in Downtown, (213) 763-5483
Woodland Hills Ice
What better way to kill two birds with one stone than going for a little holiday shopping at the Westfield Promenade and then going for a twirl on the ice rink surrounded by pine trees, as Woodland Hills hosts its fifth annual outdoor ice stating for the San Fernando Valley folks. If you don't know how to skate and don't trust your better half or best friend to teach you, they offer private lessons. The rink opens through Feb. 17, 2014.
Westfield Promenade is located at 6100 Topanga Canyon Rd. in Woodland Hills, (818) 854-4151
Irvine Spectrum Center Holiday on Ice
The Irvine Spectrum could very well hold its own carnival. Their tented outdoor ice rink is nestled next to their ferris wheel from now through Feb. 17, 2014. Adults and children can gain admission for $14 per person, and you can tack on skate rentals for $4. If you feel a little spendy and will be spending a majority of your time shopping at the mall, you could also get a season pass for $129.
Irvine Spectrum is located at 71 Fortune Dr. in Irvine, (949) 753-5180
Downtown Disney's Olaf's Frozen Ice Rink
Disney brings the holiday cheer on as they transform their Downtown Disney into a "Winter Village." Olaf's Frozen Ice Rink is surrounded by a 30-foot Christmas tree. (If you're wondering where "Olaf" comes from, it's a character in the new Disney film Frozen.) When December comes around, there will be carolers and ballet performances of The Nutcracker on the festive street. The rink opens from Nov. 14 to Jan. 11, costs $17 for general admission and $3 for skate rentals.
Downtown Disney is located at 1580 S Disneyland Dr. in Anaheim, (714) 781-4565