The best places to go ice skating in Los Angeles

Celebrate the season by going ice skating in Los Angeles—from Downtown to Santa Monica these skating rinks help bring on the holiday cheer.

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Chill at the Queen Mary

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Cozy up—and make sure to bring your jacket—to the Queen Mary for Chill. It's the time of year when the iconic ship is transformed into a winter wonderland, with an ice kingdom featuring frozen sculptures, a castle, an ice queen, a towering 100-foot ice slide for tubing, and a 6,500-square-foot outdoor ice skating rink, located in front of the ship. It's all housed in 9-degree temperatures to keep from melting. Slip on some skates and glide across the rink, made with real ice and decked out in string lights.

Check the website for more details, there's even a holiday village with visits from Santa Claus, gingerbread house decorating, a Candy Lane maze and more.

  1. Queen Mary 1126 Queens Highway, Long Beach, CA 90802
  2. Until Sun Jan 5
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The Rink at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza

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After holiday shopping at the Westfield Century City mall, head across the street to this hybrid-ice rink, located at the towering Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel. The Rink's surface is actually a synthetic hybrid, so no bundling up is necessary. Glide on the eco-friendly alternative to ice, similar to a slippery plastic, while listening to live music. There's also wintry comfort foods, from a build-your-own mac 'n' cheese with all the toppings to an easy-to-eat s'mores in a jar, courtesy of the $5 bites menu. Also on-hand are winter libations ($10) such as the naughty hot cocoa and candy cane cocktail. Guests at the hotel can skate for free, and the space is also available to rent out for private events. Parking at the hotel is not included in the admission fee, so it may be best to snag a spot at the mall and walk over, but let's keep that little hint between us.

  1. Hyatt Regency Century Plaza 2025 Avenue of the Stars, between Constellation & W Olympic Boulevards, CA 90067
  2. Until Thu Jan 3
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Woodland Hills Ice

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Recreational skating, professional skating exhibitions, group classes, private lessons and even birthday parties are all on offer at this outdoor rink—the only one of its kind in the SFV. Glide on more than 7,000 square feet of ice, located at the Westfield Promenade in Woodland Hills (6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd). Check the website for special events.

Beverly Hills Holiday Ice Rink

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Beverly Hills debuts its first-ever public ice skating rink located across from the Beverly Hills City Hall building on Crescent Blvd, just steps away from the sparkling boutiques and restaurants on Canon, Beverly and Rodeo Drives. Rent skates and practice twirling, jumps and more during the hour-long skating sessions. If you're looking for extended skating time, book the final session of each day, which lasts 90min. In between each time slot, the rink is closed for 30min for resurfacing, giving each skater fresh ice to glide on. Plus, there's free two-hour parking at the nearby lot, located at 450 N Crescent Blvd—just be sure to get validated when buying your admission ticket from the ice rink's ticket booth. The rink will be closed on select holidays, including Christmas Day. Check the website for the full schedule and details.

  1. Beverly Hills City Hall 455 North Rexford Dr
  2. Until Sun Jan 6
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Downtown on Ice

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LA doesn't typically seem like much of a winter wonderland, until, that is, you create an ice skating rink right in the midst of Downtown skyscrapers and LA icons. Come glide and pretend there's snow on the ground at Pershing Square's outdoor holiday skating rink—one of the biggest in the city. Throughout the season, the square will play host to a plethora of free events, including a winter concert series, menorah lighting, holiday festival and champion skating exhibitions, to name a few.

  1. Pershing Square Park 532 S Olive St
  2. Until Mon Jan 20
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CHILL at W Los Angeles

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For its fourth consecutive year, W Los Angeles in Westwood transforms its pool into a hybrid-ice skating rink (think: gliding on a slippery plastic surface). Still rusty on the skates? Private lessons are available for all ages. Enjoy an hourly faux-snow fall, and on Sundays there are free organic frozen treats, reminding us that in sunny LA, ice skating goes hand-in-hand with ice cream. If you've got the gelt, rent out a fancy-pants cabana, decked out in holiday furnishings. For the kids, there's a complimentary gingerbread cookie design station (free with purchase of one adult admission).

Plus, use code CHILL and take $10 off tickets to a performance of Coney Island Christmas at the nearby Geffen Playhouse.

Culver City Holiday Ice Rink

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Escape to the brand new holiday rink in downtown Culver City (9300 Culver Blvd). Purchase tickets for an hour-long skating session online or at the ice rink ticket window. Bring your own skates or rent them for $4. There's also a big, pretty Christmas tree.

LA Kings Holiday Ice at Nokia Plaza LA Live

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Skate around the dazzling 66-foot Christmas tree that stands in the middle of this outdoor rink, and take in an LED holiday light show on the huge screens around the plaza. For the perfect date-night, book the Supper and Skating deal, which includes a prix-fixe dinner at LA Market, ESPN Zone or Trader Vic's, skate rentals and skating admission for only $30 per person. The rink is open for two skating sesssions daily, from 3pm to 7:30pm and 8pm to 11:30pm.

  1. Nokia Theatre LA Live 777 Chick Hearn Court, 11th & Figueroa Streets
  2. Until Tue Dec 31
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ICE at Santa Monica

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Located just minutes from the Pacific Ocean, ICE in downtown Santa Monica (1324 5th St at Arizona) is a full-service 8,000-square-foot outdoor rink. Watch broomball games, take up skating lessons (there are even LA Kings hockey clinics for kids), or host a party at the rink and get your own private cabana. For $12, rent skates and strut your stuff on the ice alongside children and adults. No need to pack snacks, there's a concession stand on site, serving hot cocoa and kid-friendly bites. For the little ones, visit the Tot Spot, an enclosed rink for 6 and under. The rink is open from early November through Martin Luther King Day. From Dec 17 to Jan 7, hours are Sun-Thurs 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-midnight. Check the website for operating hours at other times.

  1. Downtown Santa Monica
  2. Until Mon Jan 20
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Irvine Spectrum Center's Holiday on Ice

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If you're in the OC and dreaming of a white Christmas, Holiday on Ice at the Irvine Spectrum Center is your answer. Located in Giant Wheel Court by Nordstrom and Macy's, this tented rink offers the perfect time out from shopping. When renting skates, be sure to request a free helmet—recommended for adults and children alike. Following each 75min skating session, the rink is closed for resurfacing, so you'll never have to skate on slush. Head to the adjacent ferris wheel during the 15 minutes the rink is closed for nonstop fun.

The rink will be closed on Christmas Day but open 11am-6:15pm on Christmas Eve. New Year's Eve hours are 11am-9:15pm and 11am-10:45pm on New Year's Day. Check the website for the full schedule and details.


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