Outdoor Ice Skating in Los Angeles

L.A. Kings Holiday Ice at Microsoft Square
L.A. Kings Holiday Ice at Microsoft Square | Photo courtesy of L.A. LIVE

One of L.A.'s most popular holiday traditions 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, 2015 - Jan. 18, 2016)

ICE at Santa Monica
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.

Woodland Hills Ice (Nov. 11, 2015 - Jan. 24, 2016)

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

Located at the Macy’s parking lot of the Westfield Promenade, Woodland Hills Ice brings the San Fernando Valley community together on more than 7,000 square feet of real ice. Now in its seventh season, Woodland Hills Ice is open seven days a week, including extended holiday hours. The rink hosts outdoor public skating, private instruction, fundraisers, birthday parties and event packages. Sessions are priced at $15 for adults and students (age 9 and above), 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. 21, 2015 through Jan. 10, 2016. Classes start in the mornings before the rink opens on Saturdays and Sundays. Skating and hockey classes are $150 for the season. Drop-in classes are $25 each.

Downtown On Ice (Nov. 12, 2015 - Jan. 18, 2016)

Photo courtesy of Pershing Square LA, Facebook

Now in its 18th year, 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 landmark Millennium Biltmore Hotel. Framed by skyscrapers and adorned with festive holiday lights, the rink unites communities and welcomes hundreds of thousands of participants and spectators every year.

Downtown On Ice hosts free special events such as DJ Spotlight Nights, Snoopy Showcase (Dec. 1), Single in the City (Dec. 17) and a Polar Bear Skate on Jan. 1, 2016. General admission is $9, tickets are available online or at the venue. Skate rental (figure or hockey) is $4. Each session is one hour. Group rates and private party options are available.

CHILL at Queen Mary (Nov. 20, 2015 - Jan. 10, 2016)

Outdoor ice skating at The Queen Mary’s CHILL
Photo courtesy of The Queen Mary’s CHILL, Facebook

CHILL at the Queen Mary is an indoor-outdoor winter wonderland the whole family can enjoy. With the world-famous Queen Mary as the backdrop, enjoy the crisp Pacific Ocean air as you skate on the 6,500 outdoor rink made with real ice. Tickets are $15 for each 45-minute session and include skate rental.

The inside of the Queen Mary Dome has been transformed into The Ice Kingdom - A Christmas Carol, a 13,000 square-foot exhibit that brings Charles Dickens’ classic novel to life with more than two million pounds of ice handcrafted by an international team of expert ice sculptors. Enhanced with stunning lights and colors for a visually captivating experience, The Ice Kingdom transports guests to Victorian London, where they will follow Ebenezer Scrooge through the frozen streets to discover the meaning of Christmas while viewing landmarks such as Big Ben and London's Tower Bridge. Guests can also ride the two-story high, 100-foot long Ice Tubing Glacier Glide along the River Thames. Tickets are priced at $34.99 for adults and $24.99 for kids. Access to the six ice tubing lanes are included with ticket purchase to CHILL. Fast passes, group discounts, private parties and hotel VIP packages are available.

L.A. Kings Holiday Ice (Nov. 28 - Dec. 31, 2015)

The annual L.A. Kings Holiday Ice brings outdoor ice skating to Microsoft Square at L.A. LIVE. L.A. Kings Holiday Ice is one of the season's most popular activities, welcoming hundreds of skaters at once in the festive setting of the spectacular L.A. LIVE district. General admission is $17, kids age 6 and under are $12, and military and seniors (with ID) are $10. Group rates, private ice rentals, birthday parties and special event packages are available.

Make an entire evening of it with the exclusive Supper & Skate package, which includes a prix fixe meal at a participating L.A. LIVE restaurant, skating rink admission and skate rental, and VIP front-of-line access.

The Rink in Downtown Burbank (Dec. 10, 2015 - Jan. 3, 2016)

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

Downtown Burbank’s festive holiday tradition returns for outdoor ice skating, fundraising events and special performances at The Rink in Downtown Burbank. 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 unlimited skating for $10. 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 $4, and Bobby the Seal rentals are $6. Learn to Skate classes are taught by Pickwick Ice Center instructors on Saturdays. Classes are $20 each including lesson, skate rental and same-day session (no re-entry). From 9 a.m. to 9:25 a.m. classes will be dedicated to kids (5 to 15 years old), and 9:25 - 9:50 a.m. will be for adults (16 years old and above).