Best Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks in LA, from Downtown to the Valleys to the Beach

ICE at Santa Monica. Photo courtesy of Downtown Santa Monica
Holiday Ice Rink in Los Angeles, Santa Monica, Thousand Oaks, Woodland Hills, Burbank, Long Beach, 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 (Redondo, San Pedro, Culver City) are not returning this year.

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

ICE at Santa Monica
1324 Fifth Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310.496.9880 or 310.260.1199
November 3, 2018–January 21, 2019
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 12th 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 8. Group and private skating lessons are offered through the Randy Gardner School of Skating, and an event tent is available for birthday parties.

Irvine Spectrum Center. Photo by Allen Ling

Spectrum Ice Rink
71 Fortune Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
November 2, 2018–January 6, 2019
(see website for hours, as they vary)
Adults & Children $20 (including skate rental), or $18 (bring your own skates); Toddlers $16 (includes skate rental; see website for sizes); Helmets $5
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.

The Lakes at Thousand Oaks Ice Rink
2200 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
November 8, 2018 - January 27, 2019
Mon-Thu 12pm-9pm, Fri 12pm-10pm, Sat 10am-11pm, Sun 10am-9pm (check website for holiday hours)
Admission $15 per person (includes skate rental)

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).

Even Snoopy loves skating in Pershing Square. Photo courtesy of Downtown on Ice

Downtown on Ice
Pershing Square
532 South Olive Street
LA 90013
November 15, 2018—January 21, 2019
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 $5

The annual Downtown on Ice outdoor holiday skating rink has been an LA institution for 18 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 (accompanied some years by 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.

Photo courtesy of Woodland Hills Ice (now Holiday Ice Westfield Topanga)

Holiday Ice Westfield Topanga
6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Canoga Park, CA 91303
November 16, 2018 - January 6, 2019
(check website for hours)
Prices start at $12 per session
Woodland Hills Ice was taken over by the LA Kings last year, as one of their Holiday Ice projects. Visitors to the shopping center can take a break from holiday shopping and experience the wonder of skating in the San Fernando Valley.

Holiday Ice at The Pike Outlets
95 S. Pine Ave.
Long Beach, CA 90802
November 16, 2018 - January 6, 2019
(check website for hours)
Prices start at $12 per session
The LA Kings offer another holiday rink at this waterfront entertainment district near restaurants, a theater, and a Ferris wheel. 

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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
800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
November 10, 2018 - January 7, 2019
(see website for hours)
Prices start at $15 per session

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. 

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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Chill on the ice. Photo by Mommy Poppins

Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802
November 23, 2018 - January 6, 2019
Times vary
Price including Queen Mary Christmas and ice skating starts at $50

The Queen Mary has a new iteration of its outdoor rink this season, on the top deck of the ship itself. This makes the skating area smaller than other years, but the views are spectacular to make up for it. Skating is in 45-minute sessions, as an add-on to the full Queen Mary Christmas experience. Official Queen Mary parking costs $20, so it's definitely worth looking for other parking options or public transport.

Photo courtesy of The Rink in Downtown Burbank

The Rink in Downtown Burbank
150 N. 3rd St.
Burbank, CA 91502
December 13, 2018 - January 6, 2019
Sun-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-11:30pm
$10; Skate rental $6

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 ($8), 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.

Other rinks pop up around the city - sometimes for as briefly as a day - so keep an eye on our events calendar to catch all the fun!

Originally published November 6, 2011

Rink in Downtown Burbank
150 N 3rd Street
91502 Burbank , CA 34° 10' 58.08" N, 118° 18' 28.7172" W
Queen Mary
1126 Queens Highway
90802 Long Beach , CA 33° 45' 10.4148" N, 118° 11' 23.01" W
LA Kings Holiday Ice
800 W. Olympic Blvd.
90015 Los Angeles , CA 34° 2' 41.7768" N, 118° 15' 55.7928" W
Downtown on Ice Pershing Square
532 South Olive St
90013 Los Angeles , CA 34° 2' 54.636" N, 118° 15' 11.8008" W
ICE at Santa Monica
1324 Fifth Street
90401 Santa Monica , CA 34° 1' 4.7136" N, 118° 29' 44.3832" W
Spectrum Ice Rink
71 Fortune Drive
92618 Irvine , CA 33° 39' 3.8556" N, 117° 44' 46.41" W
The Lakes Holiday Ice Rink
2200 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.
91362 Thousand Oaks , CA 34° 10' 26.8104" N, 118° 50' 46.2012" W
Holiday Ice Westfield Topanga
6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
91303 Canoga Park , CA 34° 11' 7.4796" N, 118° 36' 16.5384" W
Holiday Ice at The Pike Outlets
95 S Pine Ave.
90802 Long Beach , CA
Phone: 323.480.0419
33° 45' 52.0596" N, 118° 11' 35.376" W