Ice Skating in Los Angeles & Orange County

Ice Skating in LA & OC

Who knew skating on thin ice could be so fun? Now that the holiday season is in full swing, it’s time to get out, strap on a pair and have a good time. (Kinda sounds naughty … and nice, doesn’t it?)

Ice skating rinks across Los Angeles and Orange County are making it easier than ever to get in touch with your inner Michelle Kwan or Evan Lysa-whatever-his-name-is. After all, just because it doesn’t snow in SoCal, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be able to get on the ice and make a fool of yourself.

ICE at Santa Monica1324 5th St. and Arizona Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90401
UNTIL FEB 15: Ice skating at the beach? Heck, yes. Skate to your heart’s content at this bright and festive Santa Monica rink that offers season passes, skating lessons, free hockey clinics, a live DJ on Friday nights and even birthday parties. Aside from the 8,000 square foot rink of real ice there’s a 400-square-foot rink for kids 6 and under. Admission is $10, including skate rental.  www.iceatsantamonica.com

Downtown on IcePershing Square, 532 South Olive St. Los Angeles, CA 90013
UNTIL JAN 17: LA’s holiday tradition continues with the city’s largest outdoor rink and lowest admission price. This sprawling space, flanked by Downtown LA’s skyscrapers and palm trees, hosts plenty of free events including holiday lunchtime concerts between 12pm-2pm, a Winter Holiday Festival, championship skating exhibitions, and more. Admission is $6 + $2 skate rental.  www.laparks.org/pershingsquare

Pasadena Ice Skating Center310 East Green St, Pasadena, CA 91101
YEAR ROUND: Open 365 days a year, this indoor ice skating rink across from Paseo Colorado has been “the coolest place in Pasadena” since 1984. Public skating sessions happen every afternoon and evening sessions on weekends. There are also tons of special courses ranging from stretching and walk-in lessons (Saturdays & Sundays 1pm-3pm) to Parent & Me group classes. Admission is $7 + $3 skate rental. www.skatepasadena.com

Culver City Arena4545 Sepulveda Blvd, Culver City, CA 90230
YEAR ROUND: This old-school indoor ice skating rink has plenty going on, holidays or not. Public skating sessions are available throughout the week as well as special theme events like Saturday Moonlight Skating sessions (from 11pm-1am for those 18+), youth in-house hockey, Thursday morning Coffee Club, College Nights, and more. Admission is $10 adults, $9 juniors (12 and under), figure skate rental $3, hockey skate rental $4.  www.culvercityicerink.com

Holiday Ice at LA Live800 W. Olympic Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90015
UNTIL JAN 1: Can’t make it to Rockefeller Center? So what! Holiday Ice at LA Live is the West Coast’s answer to the dazzling lights and ice skating fun…only better ‘cause there aren’t subzero temperatures to handle. Skate with Santa through Dec 22 from 7pm-8pm. Admission is $12 for unlimited skating.  www.lalive.com/holidayice

Chill at W Hotel930 Hilgard Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90024
UNTIL JAN 2: For the second year in a row, Westwood’s W hotel has transformed its swimming pool into “Chill,” the coolest winter wonderland in town. Unlike other rinks, this 1,300-square-foot space is made from eco-friendly synthetic hybrid ice. Lessons, Saturday performances by Cabaret Ice Theater, and cocktails/hot cocoa/tasty bites from the Snowy Snack Bar are all here for the taking. Admission is $10, including skate rental.  www.whotels.com/laskaterink

Woodland Hills Ice6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd, Woodland Hills, CA 91367
UNTIL FEB 6: Shopping and skating go hand-in-hand at this fun outdoor rink at the Westfield Promenade mall in Woodland Hills. Open at 10am every day including holidays, the rink is open until midnight from December 17-January 8 (perfect for night owls). There’s even a New Years’ Eve party for those who want to ring in the new year while breaking the ice. Adults $15, seniors/students $13, kids 12 and under $11, including skate rental.  www.woodlandhillsice.com

Irvine Spectrum Center71 Fortune Drive,Irvine, CA 92618
NOW TILL FEB 21: Orange County’s only outdoor holiday ice rink is where to go skating in a sunny wonderland. Located in the Giant Wheel Court near Nordstrom and Macy’s, the tented space is popular with families, teenagers and little ones alike. Helmets are available for no extra charge. Admission is $12 + $4.50 for skates.  www.skatespectrum.com

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