Los Angeles may not be known as a winter wonderland – its great weather and stunning luxury real estate certainly draw more of a crowd – but that isn’t to say it isn’t a haven for winter sports. These eight skating rinks are all open through the holidays and make for a great night out in the spirit of the season.
Lights, lights, lights. Under the glimmering spectacle of the giant Ferris wheel, Orange County residents eager for a little holiday spirit need only visit this tented rink next to Nordstrom and Macy’s at the Irvine Spectrum Center. With sessions lasting 75 minutes, after which the ice is resurfaced, and the convenience of the nearby Giant Wheel, the fun can go on and on. Open until Feb. 15.
ICE at Santa Monica
Santa Monica is already full of things to do. Now there’s one more. This 8,000 square foot outdoor ice rink hosts broomball games, parties, skating lessons and tons of other activities. For small children, the Tot Spot is perfect for getting a hang of the skates. Everyone else – just enjoy gliding on the ice. Open until Jan. 18.
Downtown on ICE
Located in Pershing Square, this skate rink is just like the frozen pond you used to skate on as a kid – except instead of being ringed with trees, you’re ringed by skyscrapers. It’s one of the largest rinks in the city, and features special events like professional showcases, singles’ nights and meet-and-greets with kids’ favorite cartoon characters. Open until Jan. 18.
L.A. Kings Holiday Ice at L.A. Live
This isn’t your father’s skate rink. Dominated by a towering silver Christmas tree at its center, this outdoor rink outside the Staples Center is awash in soft purple lights. Skating isn’t the only thing you can do here. Stick around for the dazzling LED holiday light show, or, if you’re looking to create a special night, book a Supper and Skating deal. Not only will you get a great dinner at one of the nearby restaurants, you’ll also get skate rentals and admission for a big discount. Open until Dec. 31.
Woodland Hills Ice
No matter what you’re looking for – skating exhibitions, private lessons, birthday parties, or just good old-fashioned skating – this outdoor 7,000 square foot rink in Woodland Hills has got it all. Decorated with Christmas lights and particularly beautiful at sundown, the rink is great for big groups. Open until Jan. 24.
Downtown Disney Winter Village
It’s no big surprise, but one of the best places to celebrate the holidays is Downtown Disney. With a skate rink that circles Disney’s vividly decorated Christmas tree, and a shopping village designed with Disney’s hit movie “Frozen” in mind (the skate rink is named for Olaf), this is a perfect place for skating with young children. Open until Jan. 3, helmets are required when on the ice.
Chill at the Queen Mary
There’s skating in style, and then there’s skating under the majestic gaze of the Queen Mary. It’s that time of year again, when the famous ship adopts a festive spirit and hosts a castle (complete with ice queen), a 100-foot ice slide, frozen sculptures, and of course, the huge outdoor skating rink. It gets cold out here, so dig into your closet for a warm jacket. Open until Jan. 10.
The Rink in Downtown Burbank
The Valley might be known for its heat, but you’ll be nothing but cool on the ice in Downtown Burbank. Take a break from the hundreds of restaurants and shops nearby for a 90-minute session in the rink with your family or friends. And for those less confident on skates than the rest, Bobby the Seal is the cutest, most helpful skating aid a beginner could ask for. Open until Jan. 3.