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A Guide To Holiday Ice Skating in SoCal

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People visit Southern California and stay because of our temperate weather and lively culture. While much of the east coast is experiencing winter weather, we're enjoying 70 and occasional 80 degree temperatures. But if you're looking for a bit of winter fun, you don't have to go far. Los Angeles, Orange County, and the Inland Empire each house outdoor ice skating rinks with winter activities to get us in the holiday spirit.

Ice skating at Pershing Square in downtown LA

Downtown on Ice
Pershing Square
532 S. Olive St.
Los Angeles, 90013
www.laparks.orgLocated in the heart of downtown, Pershing Square plays host to LA's original outdoor ice skating rink. This year will mark the 14th season of Downtown On Ice, where guests can skate for just $8. Plan to spend an afternoon ice skating and enjoying the venue's free attractions which include the Winter Holiday Festival, skating exhibitions, the winter concert series, special events, live telecasts, broomball games, and more. The rink opens November 13th and the season will run through January 19th 2015..


ICE At Santa Monica
1324 5th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(805) 701-7248
Who says you can't ice skate and surf in the same day? Located just minutes from Santa Monica Beach you'll find ICE at Santa Monica, an 8,000 square foot ice skating rink. Downtown Santa Monica is host to a variety of unique, upscale, and trendy shops and restaurants so be sure to plan on spending the day in the area. Along with their Winterlit Holiday Events, you'll also find ICE-specific events including Rock 'N' Skate on Friday nights, Sunday Costume Skate, Lil' Tot Time, LA Kings Hockey Clinics, and the grand opening celebration, which takes place on November 1st. Plan on skating through the season? Be sure to pick up your ICE at Santa Monica Skaters Dozen pass. The rink is open until January 19th, 2015.


Holiday On Ice
Irvine Spectrum
71 Fortune Drive, Irvine, CA 92618
(949) 753-5180
www.skatespectrum.comLocated at one the popular Southern California outdoor shopping destination, Holiday On Ice boasts the only outdoor ice skating rink in Orange County. Guests can skate during the venue's 75 minute open skate sessions. If you live in the area and plan on visiting frequently, consider obtaining a season pass which includes admission and skate rental. The rink is located in Giant Wheel Court, adjacent to Nordstrom and Macy's.


Mission Inn Festival Of Lights
Ice Skating Rink
Located on Main Street Riverside between University & Mission Inn Avenue
3649 Mission Inn Avenue
Riverside, CA 92501
(951) 784-0300
www.riversideca.govFor 5 weeks during the winter, Inland Empire residents and visitors can take part in the 19th annual Riverside Festival of Lights. Along with hosting a variety of family-friendly activities, Downtown Riverside boasts Inland Empire's first outdoor skating rink. If you're local or planning on ice skating throughout the season, inquire about their Frequent Skater Card which offers a bit of savings. The rink is open daily from November 28th through January 6th.


Woodland Hills Ice
Westfield Promenade
6100 Topanga Canyon Boulevard
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
www.woodlandhillsice.comWoodland Hills Ice, now open at the Westfield Promenade Mall on Topanga Canyon Blvd., is the only outdoor open-air ice rink in the San Fernando Valley. In addition to the regular open skate times, this rink can host birthday parties, field trips, fundraisers, private lessons, and special events all winter long. The 7,000 square foot rink is open through January 19, 2015, and costs just $15 for skate rental and all-day skating.

Caryn Bailey blogs at Rockin' Mama.
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