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Where to go ice skating in Los Angeles

From the beach to the mountains, here’s where to go ice skating in Los Angeles to bring on the holiday cheer

Michael Juliano
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Michael Juliano
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Make the city your winter wonderland and add ice skating in Los Angeles to your list of must-do Christmas events this season. These family-friendly rinks offer more than just skates—from wintry food and drinks to Christmas lights and meeting Santa, there’s something for everyone.

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Most of L.A.’s usual outdoor rinks aren’t ready to return quite yet, so we’ve had to look beyond the county borders for most of this year’s picks—including one right by an OC beach and another tucked up in the mountains. 

Lace up at these outdoor ice skating rinks in Los Angeles

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The annual L.A. Kings ice skating rink once again returns to L.A. Live. Skate around the dazzling Christmas tree that stands in the middle of the outdoor rink, and take in an LED holiday light show on the huge screens around the plaza. Tickets cost $25 and include skates.

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After last year’s drive-through in Lot 10, this year’s on-foot festivities sound like a significant upgrade: You’ll find seasonal decorations and food and merch in the expanded center field plaza, Santa in the bullpen and—most excitingly—an ice skating rink in the outfield. There’s an additional fee for ice skating ($15; skate rental included), with an extremely limited number of reservations available.

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Skate around atop a bluff overlooking the ocean at this Rancho Palos Verdes rink. Available for both reservations and walk-ups, this rink at the RPV Civic Center is open for half-hour sessions on weekends and some holiday weekdays, with a few themed nights tossed into the mix, too. But there’s one caveat: The rink is made of synthetic ice.

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It’s always Christmas at this charmingly kitsch amusement park outside of Lake Arrowhead. But it’s extra Christmassy toward the end of the year at Santa’s Village—especially if we’re lucky enough to have had some fresh mountain snowfall. Swing by the park’s Silver Bells Arena, which flips from a summertime roller rink to a seasonal ice skating rink (with rentals included).

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With its rosy cheeks and its definitely-knows-too-much eyes, the Elf on the Shelf has become a Christmastime staple in living rooms. And now, it’s become an IRL holiday event, too. For its Fairplex return, this year’s walk-through also includes an ice skating rink. You’ll have to pay extra on-site for your 45-minute session: $13 for adults, plus $7 for skate rentals.

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Bundle up and skate right on the beach—or, at least, a few lanes of PCH and a parking lot away from the sand. Huntington Beach’s Paséa Hotel & Spa turns its event lawn into an outdoor rink, complete with hotel-caliber amenities (think rentable fire pits and a sweet and savory menu). Look out for themed nights throughout its run, including ugly sweaters an a Mariah Carey tribute night.

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If you’re in Orange County and dreaming of a white Christmas, the Irvine Spectrum Center is your answer. Located in Giant Wheel Court by Nordstrom, this rink offers an opportune time out from shopping. Following each 90-minute skating session ($25, including rentals), the rink is closed for resurfacing, so you’ll never have to skate on slush. Head to the adjacent Ferris wheel during the half hour the rink is closed for nonstop fun.

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