From downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica and Woodland Hills, this is the season for outdoor ice rinks. Low temperatures have dipped into the 30s and low 40s at night recently, but these technically advanced rinks don’t depend on cold weather even if they do offer old-fashioned fun.
The rinks are a great hour-long escape from the office or a way to enjoy the holiday season with friends and family. Some close early in January while others stay open until later in the month.
In downtown Los Angeles, there are two outdoor rinks at Pershing Square and LA Live. Skate in the shadow of downtown high rises with one-hour sessions at Pershing Square, starting at 10 a.m. with a 30-minute wait between sessions. The last time on the ice begins at 10 p.m. Session hours change beginning on Jan. 2 so check for updates on the website.
The rink is among the smaller of the outdoor rinks but the cost is reasonable. General admission is $9 with $4 skate rentals. The rink stays open until Jan. 18.
LA Live isn’t as good a value as many of the other rinks. It’s pricier than the others at $17 while kids age six to under 12 cost $12. The rink’s last day for the season is New Year’s Eve. The perk is skating in view of the Staples Center across the street.
Burbank is great for those closest to the media companies in the Valley. Check out the Facebook page for The Rink in Downtown Burbank for a good value. The rink is small but fun and the staff is friendly and you’ll get a peek at the Cartoon Network building as you go in circles. The rink is at Third Street and Orange Grove with admission at $10 for unlimited skating and rentals at $4.
It’s run by Ice America, a company that set up a rink at Legoland in Carlsbad that runs until Jan. 4, plus a rink at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas among other places. Ample parking is available and the rink is easy access from Pasadena to the east and Los Feliz and Glendale and North Hollywood. Closing day is Jan. 3 and the hours are 10am-10pm Sun-Thurs and 10 a.m.-1130 p.m. Fri and Sat.
You can shop at the mall and skate in Woodland Hills. The outdoor ice rink in Woodland Hills at the Westfield Promenade tackles some serious skating with lessons available. Sessions run until Jan. 24 so there will be plenty of skating after school starts up again. Admission for adults is $15 while ages 8 and under are $13. An all day pass is available for $20. Get all the details on the Outdoor Winter Ice Rink website.
In Santa Monica, holiday visitors to LA can experience ice skating near the beach on a rink that’s 8,000 square feet. You’ve got it at Ice Santa Monica. The season lasts until Jan. 18 so there’s still time to get in on the action. It’s also a good value with admission at $15 and that includes skate rentals. The rink opens weekdays at 2pm and weekends at 10 a.m.
Today’s technology makes it possible to skate outdoors in warm weather climates like LA, even if Angelenos complain when the temperature drops below 55 degrees. Make it a winter tradition.