Outdoor Ice Skating at the Best Seasonal Ice Rinks in Los Angeles for 2021-2022

Skating at the Irvine Spectrum Center. Photo by Allen Ling
Skating at the Irvine Spectrum Center. Photo by Allen Ling

Outdoor ice rinks are back!

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 ice skating for the first time, or you've got budding figure skaters and hockey players 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 figure skating 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.


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

LA Kings Holiday Ice - LA Live

800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
877.234.8425
November 27, 2021 - January 7, 2022
Daily 5pm - midnight
Prices start at $25 per session, skate rental included

LA Live offers Downtown's only seasonal ice rink this year, but it's the largest in the Southland, adorned by a giant, family photo-worthy Christmas tree in the center. The ice quality is good, and the setting is festive and fun. 

Fast passes are offered in advance online for $45. Group pricing is available for parties, and Supper and Skate discounts are offered at several LA Live restaurants.

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. There are 3 sessions per day from 5pm to midnight.

Dodgers Holiday Festival

1000 Elysian Park Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
1-866-DODGERS
November 26 - December 31, 2021
Weekdays 5pm-10pm, weekends 3pm-10pm
Skating $20 (skates included) plus $16 festival admission

Dodger Stadium has set up an ice skating rink in center field this season as part of its Holiday Festival. The rink is small, and sessions are only 30 minutes long, but the outfield location is definitely memorable. Including admission, ice skating costs $36, so probably best done as part of a bigger outing to the festival. Also note that no personal ice skates are allowed in the stadium, so this isn't the spot to try out the new Christmas skates.


Ice skating in the SoCal sunshine is a hoot! Photo by Mommy Poppins

Skating by the Sea

Rancho Palos Verdes Civic Center
30940 Hawthorne Blvd.
Ranch Palos Verdes, CA 90275
310.544.5260
December 3-31, 2021
Fri-Sun 1pm-8pm, plus extra dates
$10 per session, skates included

Rancho Palos Verdes has got into the outdoor ice skating game with a synthetic ice rink at the Civic Center this season. Synthetic ice is a bit slower than the cold kind and might take a little getting used to, but there's no getting soaked if you fall! The rink is open Fridays through Sundays (except Christmas weekend) plus the weekdays leading up to a New Year's Eve bash. Themed events are planned on certain dates (Frozen on 12/12 and Ugly Sweater on 12/27) and a disco on New Year's Eve. Sessions are 30 minutes, and advance reservations are strongly recommended.

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Pomona has the perfect spot for elves to skate. Photo by Mommy Poppins

Elf on the Shelf Ice Rink

Pomona Fairplex 
1101 W. McKinley Ave.
Pomona, CA 91768
November 5, 2021-January 2, 2022
Daily 5pm-10pm
Skating is $13 per session, plus admission starting at $25; Skate rentals $7

The Elf on the Shelf holiday experience at Fairplex in Pomona includes an outdoor ice rink which is a welcome new addition to the holiday scene. Skating is in 45-minute sessions, with the Zamboni passing in between while everyone stops for cocoa in the holiday village.

Irvine Spectrum Center. Photo by Allen Ling

Spectrum Ice Rink

71 Fortune Drive
Irvine, CA 92618
949.748.8280
November 26, 2021–January 1, 2022
Monday-Sundays 3pm-10:30pm (with 30 minute break at 5:30pm and 8:30pm)
Adults & Children $25 (including skate rental), or $23 (bring your own skates); Toddlers $21 (includes skate rental; see website for sizes); Helmets $5; Jump the Line $35

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 seasonal times and closures; admission is for one session, between ice cleanings. Parties are available, and season passes (no black-out dates) cost $199; for more information call the rink box office at 714-462-7027.

Oceanfront Ice Rink

Pasea Hotel & Spa
21080 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
714.698.6161
November 25, 2021 - January 2, 2022
Hours vary; check date for availability
$30 (includes skate rental)

Pasea's outdoor Oceanfront Ice Rink is right by the sea, offering unbeatable ocean views at a rink with real ice. Skating is in 90-minute sessions, and optional upgrades include fire pits and cabanas, where guests can enjoy s'mores, spiked cider, cocoa, and champagne. Special themed nights include Santa Claus visits on Wednesday nights, as well as special music nights and an ugly sweater skate. Skating should be booked in advance. Special room rates are available for skating and staying at the hotel.

Surf City Winter Wonderland

325 Pacific Coast Highway
Huntington Beach, CA 92648
November 25, 2021 - January 2, 2022
Daily 2pm-10pm
$15; $20 with skate rental

Huntington Beach has not just one but two seasonal ice rinks this year! Beach skaters can also enjoy this rink by the Huntington Beach Pier, open rain or shine, daily through the holiday season including Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, New Year's Eve, and New Year's Day. On themed days enjoy carolers, ugly sweater skating, and more. Skate with an unobstructed view of pier and sea.


We are so excited to get back on the ice in DTLA this season! Photo by Mommy Poppins

The following seasonal ice rinks, usually part of the LA holiday scene, will NOT open for the 2021/22 season:

ICE at Santa Monica

Closed 2021-22
1324 Fifth Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
310.496.9880 or 310.260.1199
Admission & Skate rental $15
Locker Rental $10 (w/ $5 refund upon key return)
The seasonal ice skating rink by the sea, 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 generally features free skating and a show by elite skaters. Group and private skating lessons are offered through the Randy Gardner School of Skating, and an event tent is available for birthday parties.

Downtown on Ice - Pershing Square

Closed 2021-22
Pershing Square
532 South Olive Street
LA 90013
213.847.4970
Admission $9 per one-hour session; Skate rental $5
The annual Downtown on Ice outdoor holiday skating rink has been an LA institution for 22 years. Families glide under sun and stars, enjoying free concerts on many days (see schedule). The grand opening event is November 14th with the cast of Frozen from Disney on Ice. Every Tuesday is Frozen night, when the lights on the rink will glow blue and every third song is from the Frozen soundtrack. 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. Parties are an option here, too.

The Lakes at Thousand Oaks Ice Rink

Closed 2021-22
2200 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
805.497.9861
Admission $20 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).

Queen Mary Christmas Ice Rink

Closed 2021-22
1126 Queens Highway
Long Beach, CA 90802
877.342.0742
Price including Queen Mary Christmas and ice skating starts at $44
Queen Mary Christmas opens its North Pole Village for the season, with ice skating at the True North rink circling a 26-foot Christmas tree. Skating is in 45-minute sessions, as a $15 add-on to general admission to the full Queen Mary Christmas experience. Skate rental is included. Kid-sized penguins are available for new skaters to lean on. Official Queen Mary parking costs $20, so it's definitely worth looking for other parking options or public transport.

Holiday Ice Westfield Topanga

Closed 2021-22
6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Canoga Park, CA 91303
818.296.5887
Prices start at $14 per session
Woodland Hills Ice was taken over by the LA Kings, as one of their Holiday Ice projects. Visitors to the Westfield shopping center can take a break from holiday shopping and experience the wonder of skating in the San Fernando Valley.

Ice Skating at Westfield Century City

Closed 2021-22
10250 Santa Monica Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90067
310.277.3898
November 29, 2019 - January 5, 2020
12pm until mall closing daily
Weekdays $18, weekends $20

Westfield Century City hosts a synthetic ice rink this season—an elevated 600-foot loop on Level 2 of the mall, overlooking the Atrium. Skating is in one-hour sessions, and booking ahead is advised (though walk-ups are allowed as available). Check-in is at the Skate Chalet on Level 2 near Adidas, 15 minutes before ticketed time. Note that personal skates are not allowed on this rink; skaters must use the rental skates that are provided with admission (skate sizes run from 9Y to adult 13). Use of a storage cubby is also included. Minimum height for skaters is 26”.

The Rink in Downtown Burbank

Closed 2021-22
150 N. 3rd St.
Burbank, CA 91502
818.806.8551
December 12, 2019 - January 5, 2020
Sun-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 10am-11:30pm
$10; Skate rental $6

Downtown Burbank brings back its outdoor skating rink, 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 in 2011

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