Outdoor Ice Skating in Los Angeles

L.A. Kings Holiday Ice at Nokia Plaza
L.A. Kings Holiday Ice at Nokia Plaza | Photo courtesy of L.A. LIVE

A signature Los Angeles holiday tradition is ice skating at the various outdoor rinks throughout the city. Take advantage of the beautiful Los Angeles winter weather and get a tan as you skate on a sunny afternoon. Or you can bundle up and enjoy the crisp night air while skating under the stars. Just remember the rules of the rink and enjoy the holidays.

ICE at Santa Monica (Nov. 1, 2014 - Jan. 19, 2015)

ICE at Santa Monica | Photo courtesy of Downtown Santa Monica, Facebook

Downtown Santa Monica brings a little ice skating to the beachside community and transforms the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue into ICE at Santa Monica. The 8,000 square-foot rink by the beach offers residents and visitors a little taste of winter without the frosty bite. Admission is $15 for all-day skating and includes skate rental. Whether its a birthday party, corporate event, or holiday gathering, ICE at Santa Monica can accommodate groups of 15-300 people. Events can include any number of skaters at the $15/person rate. The standard time for parties is two hours. A single cabana comfortably accommodates 25 guests. Multiple cabanas can be rented for larger events.

Downtown on Ice (Nov. 13, 2014 - Jan. 19, 2015)

Photo courtesy of Pershing Square LA, Facebook

Downtown on Ice is the original Los Angeles outdoor ice rink, featuring a 4,500 square-foot rink of real ice that's set up on Pershing Square in front of the historic Millennium Biltmore HotelFramed by skyscrapers and adorned with festive holiday lights, the rink unites communities and welcomes hundreds of thousands of participants and spectators every year. Join the healthy holiday recreation and enjoy free special events such as DJ Spotlight Nights, Snoopy Skating Showcase (Dec. 2), Single in the City (Dec. 11) and a Polar Bear Skate on Jan. 1, 2015. General Admission is $9, tickets are available online or at the venue. Skate rental (figure or hockey) is $3. Each session is one hour. Group rates and private party options are available.

Woodland Hills Ice (Nov. 14, 2014 - Jan. 19, 2015)

Birthday party at Woodland Hills Ice
Photo courtesy of Woodland Hills Ice, Facebook

Now in its sixth season, Woodland Hills Ice brings the San Fernando Valley community together on over 7,000 square feet of real ice. Located at the Westfield Promenade in Topanga Canyon, Woodland Hills Ice is open seven days a week, including special holiday hours for Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve and Day, and New Year’s Eve and Day. The rink hosts outdoor public skating, birthday parties, field trips, fundraisers and special events all winter long. Sessions are priced at $15 for adults and students (age 9 and over) and $13 for youth (age 8 under). An all-day pass is $20. Children age 3 and under are free with paid adult. Frequent skater punch cards are available. The Skating School offers two eight-week sessions for figure skating and hockey classes from Nov. 22, 2014  through Jan. 11, 2015. Classes start in the mornings before the rink opens on Saturdays and Sundays. The Coffee Club features one hour of freestyle skating plus a skating coach who can help you with skating techniques. Price is $20 per class or sign up for the entire season for one rate.

The Rink - Downtown Burbank (Nov. 28, 2014 - Jan. 19, 2015)

Kristi Yamaguchi visits The Rink in Downtown Burbank
Olympic champion Kristi Yamaguchi visits The Rink | Photo courtesy of Downtown Burbank, Facebook

The Rink in Downtown Burbank is a festive holiday tradition that features eight weeks of outdoor ice skating, themed nights and special performances. The corner of North Third Street and East Orange Grove Avenue is transformed into a magical winter wonderland for skaters of all ages to enjoy 90-minute sessions on the ice with friends and family. The Rink in Downtown Burbank is located just steps away from hundreds of shops and restaurants decked out for the holiday season, making it a joyful family outing and memorable getaway. Admission is $10, skate rentals are $3, and Bobby the Seal rentals are $6. Season passes are available for $139 through Nov. 20, and $159 afterwards. Passes are valid for unlimited skating every day from Friday, Nov. 28 through Jan. 19, 2015. Special events at The Rink in Downtown Burbank include Ugly Sweater Mondays, ’80s Night Wednesdays, Thursday Night Fever, Skating Santas Night (Dec. 20) and performances by the Los Angeles Ice Theater every Saturday in December. Downtown Burbank’s weekly Farmer’s Market is open on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the parking lot behind the Community Services building.

LA Kings Holiday Ice (Nov. 29 - Dec. 31, 2014)

The annual LA Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to Microsoft Square at L.A. Live. Holiday Ice is one of the season's most popular activities, welcoming hundreds of skaters at once in the festive setting of the L.A. LIVE district. General admission is $15 per person, including skate rental. Children under 7 years old are $10 per person. Military and seniors are $8 per person (with valid ID). Socks are available for $4. Make an entire evening of it with the Supper & Skate special offer, which includes dinner at a participating L.A. LIVE restaurant, ice skating and skate rental.