While nothing really freezes during the winter in Southern California, there are still several great spots for family ice skating.
The Holiday Ice Rink at Pershing Square (532 S. Olive St., L.A.; www.holidayicerinkdowntownla.com) returns for its 18th season Nov. 13-Jan. 19. This year’s special events will include a Snoopy On Ice showcase, the Polar Bear Skate and a Winter Holiday Festival, and the rink is even open on the holidays! Admission: $9. Figure and hockey skate rental: $4.
A chill is again in the forecast for the Queen Mary (1126 Queens Hwy., Long Beach; www.queenmary.com/events/chill), as the winter wonderland known as CHILL returns to Long Beach Nov. 20-29, Dec. 1-6, Dec. 8-Jan. 3 and Jan. 7-10. The attraction includes an ice rink, the popular 13,000-square-foot Ice Kingdom, ice tubing, live entertainment and food. Ticket packages: $24.99-$49.99.
Put away your surfboard and lace up your skates at ICE at Santa Monica (5th Street and Arizona Avenue; www.downtownsm.com) Nov. 1 through Jan. 18. This 8,000-square-foot rink offers one of the most scenic settings for a little ice time from 2-10 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., 2 p.m.-midnight Fri., 10 a.m.-midnight Sat. and 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Sun. Where else can you cap off a day at the beach with a twirl around the rink? $15 skate fee includes skate rental.
Macy’s parking lot at Woodland Hills’ Westfield Promenade (6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd.; www.woodlandhillsice.com) will be transformed into Woodland Hills On Ice Nov. 11 through Jan. 24. The 7,000-square-foot rink will be open to experienced skaters and beginners (with skate classes available) from noon-10 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat. and Sun. Admission: $15 adults, $13 children.
Ice will return to The Lakes At Thousand Oaks (2200 E Thousand Oaks Blvd.; www.shoplakes.com) in the form of the Holiday Ice Rink, which will be open from Nov. 16 through Jan. 24. Ice times will be noon-9 p.m. Mon.-Thurs., noon-10 p.m. Fri., 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sat. and 10 a.m.- 9 p.m. Sun. Skate rentals: $15.
You might not have the skills to skate with the L.A. Kings inside Staples Center, but you can skate just outside it. The annual L.A. Kings Holiday Ice at L.A. Live (800 W. Olympic Blvd., L.A.; www.lalive.com) makes for a cool evening of outdoor fun from 5 p.m.-midnight Mon.-Fri., 3 p.m.-midnight Sat.-Sun. Nov. 28-Dec. 31. There is even a special Supper & Skate program with participating L.A. Live restaurants.
The Rink in Downtown Burbank (North 3rd Street and East Orange Grove Avenue; www.dtnbur.com) will start its season Dec. 10-Jan. 3. The fun will include themed nights, performances and 90-minute skate sessions for only $10. Skate rentals: $4. “Bobby the Seal” plastic skating aids for the little ones: $6.