LA's Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks from Downtown to Thousand Oaks

Holiday Ice Rink in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Thousand Oaks, Westwood, Woodland Hills, and Orange County

One thing Angelenos love doing during the winter months is pretending that it’s winter, and the most fun way we do it is by turning parking lots and other open spaces into outdoor skating rinks for the holidays. Whether your family is trying skating for the first time, or you've got budding athletes looking for a change of scenery from indoor skating lessons, nothing says Southern California quite like the sight of kids and families in tank tops and mittens gliding merrily in the sunshine.

Our best Mom Tip? Be sure to bring along a change of clothes; Southland ice rinks on a sunny day have more in common with a Slip 'n' Slide than with a frozen mountain lake, and falling with a splash is only funny when you know there are dry clothes waiting.

These are the rinks that generally come back year after year, and most offer skating lessons and birthday parties, too. Note that a few rinks from seasons past (Beverly Hills, Century City, Culver City, and Woodland Hills) are not returning this year.

Spectrum Ice Rink
71 Fortune Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
949.748.8280
October 28, 2016 - January 16, 2017
Adults & Children $16; Skate rental $4; Toddler double blades included with admission (sizes 8T-12T); Helmets free
Ice scooters $5

The Spectrum's seasonal ice rink is open for business in Giant Wheel Court, welcoming OC families who want to glide across the ice in the SoCal sunshine and give new meaning to Orange Slushy. Check the rink's website for specific session times; admission is for one session, between ice cleanings. Parties are available, and season passes (no black-out dates) cost $199; for more information call 949.748.8280.

ICE at Santa Monica
1324 Fifth Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310.496.9880 or 310.260.1199
November 3, 2016–January 16, 2017
Mon-Thu: 2pm-10pm (during school break 10am-10pm)
Fri: 2pm–Midnight (during school break 10am-Midnight)
Sat: 10am–Midnight
Sun: 10am-10pm
Admission & Skate rental $15
Locker Rental $10 (w/ $5 refund upon key return)

Now in its 10th season, the seasonal ice skating rink, ICE at Santa Monica, has become a regular part of the beach city's scene, setting up in a parking lot on the corner of 5th and Arizona, just steps from Third Street Promenade. Skate rentals are included with the price of admission, and hot dogs, cocoa, and other treats are available rinkside. The annual Grand Opening Celebration, with a show by elite skaters and free skating all night, is on November 10.
Group and private skating lessons are offered through the Randy Gardner School of Skating, and an event tent is available for birthday parties.

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There is nothing quite like skating in the balmy sunshine, steps from Santa Monica Beach.

Downtown on Ice
Pershing Square
532 South Olive St,
LA 90013
213.847.4970
November 10, 2016—January 16, 2017
Mon-Fri 11:30am-9:30pm
Sat 10am-11am
Sun 10am-9:30pm
Christmas & New Year 1pm-9:30pm
(Times above subject to change)
Other special holiday and vacation hours are on the website.
Admission $9 per one-hour session; Skate rental $4

The annual Downtown on Ice outdoor holiday skating rink has been an LA institution for 17 years. Families glide under sun and stars, enjoying free concerts on many days (see schedule). Other events at the ice rink include youth programs with shows for kids on Saturdays, and an annual skate date for Snoopy and world champion pair skater Tai Babilonia.

Extended skating hours apply during school vacation time. Underground parking is available, and discounts are given with skating validation. Discounts are also available on city buses. Parties are an option here, too.

LA Kings Holiday Ice
800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
310.535.4400
November 26, 2016—January 7, 2017
Mon-Fri 5pm-midnight
Sat-Sun 3pm-midnight (ice cleaning break 7:30pm-8pm)
After December 19, all days are weekend schedule.
Adults $18; Kids (under 7) $14; skate rental included

Downtown's other seasonal ice rink has grown up to become real competition for the Pershing Square rink. Once tiny and brief - more to look at than partake in - the rink at LA Live is now one of the largest in LA, adorned by a giant, family photo-worthy Christmas tree in the center. The ice quality is surprisingly good, and the setting is festive and fun. One thing to be aware of, though, is that each evening from 6pm-6:30pm the ice is cleared for red carpet presentations of major donations to the Children's Hospital.

Note that although the address is listed as Olympic Blvd., the rink faces onto Chick Hearn; closest parking is Lot W, entrance B, on Chick Hearn (price varies from $10-$20 depending upon Staples/Nokia Plaza events). Some of the restaurants at LA Live offer Supper and Skate specials.

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LA Kings Holiday Ice Rink offers great holiday photo ops with that giant, sparkling tree in the middle.

LA Kings Holiday Ice Rink Redondo
239 N. Harbor Dr.
Redondo Beach, CA 90277
November 18, 2016 - January 8, 2017
Mon-Fri 5pm-10:30pm
Sat-Sun 4pm-10:30pm (ice cleaning break 7pm-7:30pm)
After December 19, all days are weekend schedule.
Adults $17; Kids (under 7) $13; skate rental included

After several years without, Redondo Beach finally has its seasonal ice rink back this year. Families can put blade to ice alongside Seaside Lagoon, courtesy of the LA Kings, with proceeds benefiting the Redondo Beach Police Foundation's School Safety program. Birthday party packages are available.

Holiday Ice Battleship Iowa
250 S. Harbor Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90731
November 19, 2016 - January 8, 2017
Mon-Fri 5pm-10:30pm
Sat-Sun 4pm-10:30pm (ice cleaning break 7pm-7:30pm)
After December 19, all days are weekend schedule.
Adults $15; Kids (under 7) $12; skate rental included
The LA Kings bring on yet another unique SoCal ice experience this season: skating on the fantail of a battleship. Don't try telling us you've been there, done that before! A discount is offered when purchasing tickets to the rink and ship tour together.

CHILL at the Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802
November 23, 2016 - January 8, 2017
Times vary
Adults $40 and up; Children (4-11) $30 and up; Children must be 4 years old to skate.

The Queen Mary down in Long Beach presents its own icy paradise, including a real ice skating rink with a vintage cruise liner for a backdrop, ice tubing, and a magical ice kingdom of sculptures and decorations (see our full review). Note that this season there is no a la carte pricing; skating only comes with the whole event ticket. Buying tickets in advance online is the cheapest way to go. Once inside, kids can skate as long as they like and ride the ice tubes as often as they like. Official Queen Mary parking costs $20, so it's definitely worth looking for other parking options or public transport.

The Rink in Downtown Burbank
December 15, 2016 - January 8, 2017
Sun-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-11pm
$10; Skate rental $5
818.238.5180

Downtown Burbank brings back its outdoor skating rink for the second year, adjacent to City Hall at Third Street and Orange Grove. The 4,100 square foot rink accommodates up to 165 skaters per session and promises themed entertainment, twinkling lights, and joyful music. Little ones can rent skating seals to lean on ($6), which are also great for holiday snaps! Skating classes hosted by Pickwick Ice are offered Saturday mornings as well as a Learn to Curl class by Hollywood Curling. Free parking is available at structures throughout Downtown Burbank.

The Lakes Holiday Ice Rink
2200 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
805.497.9861
November 11, 2016-January 31, 2017
Mon-Fri 12pm-9pm, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-9pm
Admission $15 per person

Thousand Oaks' rink sets up at The Lakes next to the Civic Arts Plaza. Ventura County families can hit the ice every 90 minutes (then, for the full winter effect, take a 30 minute cocoa break while the zamboni does its job).

Woodland Hills Ice
6100 Topanga Canyon
Westfield Shoppingtown Promenade
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
818.854.4151
November 19, 2016 - January 8, 2017
Mon-Fri 5pm-10:30pm
Sat-Sun 4pm-10:30pm (ice cleaning break 7pm-7:30pm)
After December 19, all days are weekend schedule.
Adults $15; Kids (under 7) $12; skate rental included
Woodland Hills Ice is taken over by the L A Kings this year, as one of their Holiday Ice projects. We're not yet sure if the footprint will be as large as in previous years or whether it will continue to be the only partially covered outdoor rink in town but it's good news that the rink will indeed open. Hours under the Kings are shorter

Other rinks pop up around the city - sometimes for as briefly as a day (yes, Malibu, we're looking at you!) - so keep an eye on our events calendar to catch all the fun!

 

Originally published November 6, 2011

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Rink at Downtown Burbank
150 N 3rd Street
91502 Burbank , CA 34° 10' 58.08" N, 118° 18' 28.7172" W
California
CHILL at the Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway
90802 Long Beach , CA 33° 45' 10.4148" N, 118° 11' 23.01" W
California
LA Kings Holiday Ice
800 W. Olympic Blvd.
90015 Los Angeles , CA 34° 2' 41.7768" N, 118° 15' 55.7928" W
California
Downtown on Ice Pershing Square
532 South Olive St
90013 Los Angeles , CA 34° 2' 54.636" N, 118° 15' 11.8008" W
California
ICE at Santa Monica
1324 Fifth Street
90401 Santa Monica , CA 34° 1' 4.7136" N, 118° 29' 44.3832" W
California
Spectrum Ice Rink
71 Fortune Drive
92618 Irvine , CA 33° 39' 3.8556" N, 117° 44' 46.41" W
California
The Lakes Holiday Ice Rink
2200 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.
91362 Thousand Oaks , CA 34° 10' 26.8104" N, 118° 50' 46.2012" W
California
LA Kings Holiday Ice Rink Redondo
239 N. Harbor Dr.
90277 Redondo Beach , CA 33° 50' 37.8672" N, 118° 23' 35.7972" W
California
USS Battleship Iowa
250 S. Harbor Blvd.
90731 Los Angeles , CA 33° 44' 32.6544" N, 118° 16' 37.9308" W
California