Though LA weather Is Rarely Frightful, You Can Still Find a Winter Wonderland Without Leaving the City
Written By: Benjamin Wright 7 Places in LA to Ice Skate Your Way Through the Holidays
We all know LA doesn’t have a suitable climate for winter sports. While many trek to Big Bear or Tahoe to play in the snow, you don’t need to travel far to experience wintertime fun. We in LA have the best of both worlds; we create our own winter playgrounds and we have the luxury of driving home without a speck of snow on the windshield—heck, the windows will be rolled down. While Big Bear might still be the nearest destination for skiing and snowboarding, ice skating in Los Angeles is never more than a few minutes away. These LA venues are full of holiday decorations, carol singers, seasonal snacks and other special events that are sure to fill even the biggest Scrooges with holiday cheer.
Queen Mary’s CHILL
Dates: Dec. 13-Jan. 7
CHILL, at the legendary Queen Mary in Long Beach, is a winter extravaganza like no other. The main feature is the 38,000-square-foot Ice Adventure Park. Show off your skills on the ice skating rink overlooking the Queen Mary and the Long Beach Harbor.
Native Knowledge: Other standouts include the two-story, 145-foot Matterhorn Mountain Ice Tubing slide for the daredevils out there, a zip line, ice shuffleboard and so much more.
1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802
877.342.0738 | www.queenmary.com
Pershing Square Ice Rink
Dates: Nov. 16-Jan. 15
Pershing Square—nestled in Downtown Los Angeles—is surrounded by the towering skyline, which also provides a bit of protection from brisk evening winds. The skating rink at Pershing Square is one of the best in the city. General admission is $9, with an additional $4 charge for skate rentals. There are also discounts for larger groups. In addition to ice skating, Pershing Square features many free events throughout the season including DJ Spotlight Thursdays, the Silent Night Skate Party and curling lessons!
Native Knowledge: You’re not far from plenty of DTLA spots to warm up with a drink before or after skating.
532 S Olive St
Los Angeles, CA 90013
213.624.4289 | www.holidayicerinkdowntownla.com
ICE at Santa Monica
Dates: Nov. 1-Jan. 15
At the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue in Santa Monica, surrounded by palm trees and cool ocean air, you can find an outdoor 8,000-square-foot skating rink from now through the middle of January. They’re open late, until 10 p.m. on Sunday-Thursday and until midnight on Friday and Saturday. General admission is $15, including skate rental.
1324 5th St
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310.260.1199 | www.downtownsm.com
The Rink in Downtown Burbank
Dates: Dec. 14-Jan. 7
Throughout most of December and into early January, the corner of 3rd Street and Orange Grove Avenue in Downtown Burbank will be transformed into a giant skate rink where, for $10, kids and adults can partake in some traditional wintertime fun. Skating sessions run from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. The $10 general admission includes a full day of unlimited skating, though no re-entries are permitted. If you don’t have your own pair of skates, you can rent for an additional $6.
Native Knowledge: If you need skating help, you can rent a Bobby/Tommy Skating Aid for an extra $8. Also, head to Burbank on Saturday mornings from 8 a.m.-12:30 p.m., and you can have lunch at the nearby Downtown Burbank Farmers Market before hitting the rink.
150 N 3rd St
Burbank, CA 91502
818.806.8551 | www.dtnbur.com
LA Kings Holiday Ice Rink at LA LIVE
Dates: Nov. 25-Dec. 21
At the LA Kings Holiday Ice Rink at LA LIVE, you can enjoy outdoor skating around a giant Christmas tree! The $20 sessions include skate rentals, and there are discounted rates for children under 6 ($15 per session) and military members and senior citizens ($15/session).
Native Knowledge: With many nearby dining options as well as a movie theater, this is a perfect location for a holiday family outing or date night.
800 W Olympic Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90015
213.763.5483 | www.lalive.com/events-calendar/holidayice
The Lakes at Thousand Oaks
Dates: Nov. 9-Jan. 28
The Lakes at Thousand Oaks (presented by Compass) is conveniently close to shopping and dining, so you can grab a bite to eat, buy presents for Christmas or Hanukkah and then take in some ice skating while your gifts are being wrapped. With skating rates at $15, including skate rental, all in an outdoor area decorated with holiday lights, you’re sure to feel like a kid at heart. And with holiday music dancing in the air, it won’t be difficult to rediscover the magic of the season.
2200 E Thousand Oaks Blvd
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
805.209.9788 | shoplakes.com H O /// Are You Taking to the Rink This Holiday Season, LA?