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.
Every holiday season, Downtown Santa Monica transforms the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue into ICE at Santa Monica. The 8,000 square-foot ice skating rink brings a winter wonderland to the beachside community and has become a beloved annual tradition. Admission is $15 for all-day skating, including skate rental. The Randy Gardner School of Skating provides lessons with experienced professionals for skaters of all skill levels.
Priced at $300, an event cabana rental gives you exclusive use of one 20'x20' cabana for two hours. Cabanas can comfortably accommodate up to 25 people and are equipped with three tables, tablecloths, and 16 chairs. Add a party package to your event cabana rental and let the ICE at Santa Monica staff handle the details. Party packages may be added up to 48 hours in advance of your event and will be charged at a rate of $150 per party package on the day of your event. Each party package includes:
- 12 Admissions/Skate Rentals
- Cups, plates, napkins, candles (for birthdays)
- 2 Large 1-Topping Pizzas
- 2 beverage selections (soda, juice or water)
For more information, call the ICE team at 310.260.1199.
Now in its 19th year, Holiday Ice Rink® Pershing Square kicks off its winter 2016 season on Nov. 10 and runs through Jan. 16, 2017. Framed by skyscrapers and decorated with festive holiday lights, the 7,200 square-foot rink is made of real ice and offers the same level of world-class ice skating surface as the Winter Olympics. Welcoming more than 54,000 skaters and 450,000 spectators annually, Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square is open every day, including holidays, and is the perfect urban gathering place for tourists and locals alike.
General admission for each one-hour session is $9. Figure and hockey skates are available to rent for $4. Hours and times vary by day. To purchase advance tickets and for more info, visit holidayicerinkdowntownla.com or call (213) 624-4289. Group rates and private party options are available. A portion of proceeds will benefit the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation & Parks.
Free special events this season include:
- Ice Breaker Opening Celebration - Holiday Ice Rink kicks off its 19th season at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10 with the official Ice Breaker opening ceremony. The festivities include an ice sculpture being smashed to christen the season and spectacular skating performances by California Gold Synchronized Skating Team. Youth from San Pedro Elementary will be the first guests of the season to skate.
- DJ Spotlights - Get your skating groove on with DJ HowLy, who mixes old school turntablism with cutting-edge new school vibes. Kicking off on Nov. 17, the popular series continues throughout the season on select Thursdays from 7-9:30 p.m.
- Learn to Curl - Hollywood Curling Club, L.A. County’s only organization dedicated to the sport, will offer Learn to Curl sessions on select Sunday mornings. The curling pop-up is taking place from 8:30-9:30 a.m. on Nov. 13, Dec. 11 and Jan. 8. Drop in for a few minutes to learn the basics, or stick around for the full hour to get more in-depth instruction. Wear warm, comfortable clothing and flat-soled shoes. Admission is free. Advance sign-up required.
- Silent Night Skate Party - On Thursday, Dec. 1, Holiday Ice Rink presents its first-ever Silent Night Skate Party. Choose from three different channels of music and dance the night away! Costumes are encouraged and skaters of all ages are welcome. Two sessions, 7-8 p.m. and 8:30-9:30 p.m.
- Polar Bear Skate - One of the city's most popular New Year's Day traditions, the Polar Bear Skate is L.A.'s version of Canada’s famous “Polar Bear Plunge.” Taking place from 2:30-3:30 p.m. on Jan. 1, 2017, the Polar Bear Skate invites skaters of all ages to dress in beach attire and skate to DJ HowLy’s tunes for an invigorating start to 2017. Prizes awarded for theme, originality and overall appearance. Spectators pick the winner!
Taking place on select dates from Nov. 23 to Jan. 8, 2017, The Queen Mary's Chill 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 6,000 square-foot outdoor rink made with real ice. Tickets are $15 for each 45-minute session and include skate rental.
The theme for this year's CHILL is Alice in Winterland, a holiday inspired re-imagination of the classic Lewis Carroll novel. The immersive 14,000-square foot experience tells the story of Alice in Winterland with hand-crafted lanterns made from hundreds of pieces of silky cloth. RFID technology makes the experience truly interactive as you unlock the wonders of Winterland. Follow Alice down the rabbit hole with stops at the Hall of Doors, the White Rabbit's Kitchen, Mad Hatter's Workshop, the famous Tea Party, the Hedge Maze and visits from the Caterpillar and the Queen of Diamonds.
Stroll through the North Pole Village, delight in the Peppermint Parlor aboard the ship, and stop by the post office to send a letter to Santa. The holiday fun is endless: glide down the 135-foot Glacier Glide Ice Tubing Luge; take a spin on the Swinging Sleigh Ride; ride the Giant Rocking Horse; and play Prancer's Paintball for holiday thrills. And a trip to CHILL is not complete without visiting the Gingerbread House to make your own edible creation, along with a visit to Santa and Mrs. Claus at the Claus Cottage.
Tickets start at $39.99 for adults and $29.99 for kids. Fast passes, group discounts, private parties and hotel VIP packages are available.
For the first time, the Los Angeles Kings are opening their popular holiday outdoor attraction, LA Kings Holiday Ice, at five locations across Los Angeles. In addition to the flagship location in Microsoft Square at L.A. LIVE (Nov 26, 2016 - Jan. 8, 2017), Holiday Ice outdoor rinks will be hosted at these locations:
- Westfield Topanga in Woodland Hills (Nov. 12, 2016 - Jan. 30, 2017)
- 239 N. Harbor Dr. in Redondo Beach (Nov. 18, 2016 - Jan. 8, 2017)
- Battleship IOWA at Port of Los Angeles (Nov. 19, 2016 - Jan. 8, 2017)
- The Pike Outlets in Long Beach (Nov 18, 2016 - Jan. 8, 2017)
"This is an incredible opportunity for our organization and we believe one that will be embraced by our community," said Kings President, Business Operations Luc Robitaille. "Taking the brand of the LA Kings to these areas, in this our 50th Anniversary season, is something we look forward to as there is a great demand for ice where we live, especially at the holiday time." For more information, visit LAKingsholidayice.com or call 888-KINGS-LA.
Downtown Burbank’s festive holiday tradition returns for outdoor ice skating, fundraising events, and special performances at The Rink in Downtown Burbank. Every year, 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. 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. Hours are 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, extended to 11:30 p.m. on Friday and Saturday nights.
Admission is $10 for unlimited skating (no re-entry). Skate rental is $5, and Bobby the Seal Skating Aid rental is $6.
- Opening Day Special - on Thursday, Dec. 15, enjoy $10 unlimited skating all day and FREE skate rental (Burbank residents only).
- Burbank Community YMCA Day of Fundraising - for every ticket sold on Saturday, Dec. 17, $1 will go back to the Burbank Community YMCA. Featuring special entertainment by School of Rock, Santa Skate Hour, Meet n Greets of local talent and special guest performances.
- Learn to Curl - hosted by Hollywood Curling from 9–9:50 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 18. Admission is $10, no experience necessary.
Learn to Skate classes are taught by Pickwick Ice Center instructors every Saturday during the season. Classes are $20 each including lesson, skate rental and same-day session at 10 a.m. From 9-9:25 a.m. classes are dedicated to kids (5 to 15 years old), and 9:25-9:50 a.m. are for adults (16 years old and above).
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.