Gliding Around L.A.: Where to Ice Skate This Season

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The skyline twinkling above Pershing Square provides a beautiful atmosphere for some spins around the Downtown on Ice rink. (Downtown on Ice)

The skyline twinkling above Pershing Square provides a beautiful atmosphere for some spins around the Downtown on Ice rink. (Downtown on Ice)

Although it has become downright frigid in Los Angeles lately, temperatures will never dip low enough for snow and ice. That doesn’t mean your dream of a white Christmas can’t come true. Bundle up, grab your skates and head on over to one of these local ice rinks for some merry and bright outdoor fun.

Downtown on Ice
Now-Jan. 20, 2014 @ Pershing Square – 532 S. Olive Ave. (Downtown)

Besides skating, there is also a free concert series, broomball games every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday night and a Winter Holiday Festival on Dec. 14 with Santa, snow, live music, crafts, bouncers and a train ride. $8 for a one-hour skate session; $2 skate rental

Holiday Ice Rink
Now-Jan. 20, 2014 @ The Lakes (Thousand Oaks)

Located next to the bodies of water the shopping center gets its name from, the picturesque rink is the ideal setting for a festive skate session. It’s a bit of a trek to get there if you live in Los Angeles proper, but since it’s surrounded by several great restaurants and shops so you can make an afternoon or evening of it. $10 for admission and one-hour session; $4 skate rental

ICE at Santa Monica
Now-Jan. 20, 2014 @ 1324 5th St. (Santa Monica)

This is one of the only places in Los Angeles where you can spend a day at the beach then go ice skating – all within walking distance. There are even beginner hockey clinics with staff members from the L.A. Kings for $15 on Sundays through Jan. 12, from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. $12 for admission & skate rental

L.A. Kings Holiday Ice
Now-Dec. 31, 2013 @ Nokia Plaza, L.A. Live (Downtown)

Speaking of the L.A. Kings, their outdoor skating rink returns to L.A. Live again this year just steps from their home arena at Staples Center. You can also purchase a Supper & Skate package for $30 ($20 for children), which includes admission, skate rental and a prix-fixe dinner from LA Market, Lawry’s Carvery, Rock’N Fish or Trader Vic’s. $13 for adult admission and skate rental; $8 for children

The Rink
Now-Jan. 5, 2014 @ Third St. & Orange Grove Ave. (Burbank)

Located in the heart of downtown Burbank, this is the rink to visit if you still have some gifts to cross off your shopping list since the Burbank Town Center is just a few minutes away. It’s also the place to go if you’re taking a small child since they have these adorable, plastic Bobby the Seal Skating Aids for rent ($6) that the little ones can use for support as they glide around. $10 for a 90-minute session; $3 skate rental

Woodland Hills Ice
Now-Feb. 17, 2013 @ Westfield Promenade (Woodland Hills)

Now in its fifth season, this rink offers lessons, as well as special theme sessions and giveaways through February 17. There are PJs & Pancakes (or Doughnuts) mornings when you get free skate rental if you show up in your pajamas, dance performances, Country on Ice nights when you get free rental if you wear denim, Mustache Night and a celebrity Doppelgänger Night. $10 for a two-hour session; $7 for children; $5 skate rental

Yuri Shimoda is a Staff Reporter for, covering entertainment, culture and lifestyle.
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