Where to Have a Nice Time on Ice

By Michael Berick

holiday fun in los angeles

Families can take a spin around the rink at the ICE

During the winter season, ice rinks pop up all around Southern California.  

Skating is happening in Downtown L.A. for the 20th year at the newly renamed Bai Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square (532 S. Olive St., L.A.; www.holidayicerinkdowntownla.com) through Jan. 15. The rink holds more than 7,000 square feet of icy action, and offers an Aladdin theme Wednesday nights and curling lessons Dec. 17 and Jan. 14. $13 admission includes skate rental. 

After enjoying the beach, you can visit the oceanside Ice At Santa Monica (1324 5th Ave., www.downtownsm.com/ice) through Jan. 15. It boasts an 8,000-square-foot rink. Stop by on weekends and get a lesson from Randy Gardner’s School of Skating. $15 includes skate rental. 

Skate at The Rink in Downtown Burbank (N. 3rd St. & E. Orange Grove Ave.; www.DTNBUR.com) from 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 14-Jan. 7. Admission is $10 and skate rental is $6.  

The rink that will be around the longest, though, is the one at The Lakes at Thousand Oaks (2200 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd.; www.shoplakes.com), which will be frozen through Jan. 28. $15 includes skate rental. 

The L.A. Kings host an ice rink near their Staples Center home at L.A. Live (800 W. Olympic Blvd.), and at Westfield Topanga (6600 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Canoga Park) and The Pike Outlets in Long Beach (95 S. Pine Ave.). Each rink has slightly different hours, dates, admission fees, and special events, so visit www.lakingsholidayice.com for full details.  


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