Lace up at these outdoor ice skating rinks in Los Angeles
L.A. 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 L.A. 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. Look out for special events throughout the season, like curling lessons, a silent disco skate and DJ nights.
Located just minutes from the Pacific Ocean, ICE in downtown Santa Monica (1324 5th St) is a full-service 8,000-square-foot outdoor rink. Watch broomball games, take up skating lessons or host a party at the rink and get your own private cabana. For $15, 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.
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, which this year is decking out every facet with classic Christmas decor. Slip on some skates and glide across the rink with views of the Long Beach waterfront.
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.
Quench those clichés about the heat in the Valley with a 90-minute session in Downtown Burbank. Winter sports aren’t exactly a pastime in L.A., so little ones—and those of us who look helpless on the ice—can rent Bobby the Seal, an adorable, plastic skating aid. Show up early on Saturdays for skate lessons. You’ll find the rink near Burbank City Hall, on the corner of Third Street and Orange Grove Avenue.
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 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 90-minute 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 half hour the rink is closed for nonstop fun.