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When LA Freezes Over
The technology to keep ice frozen even in 80-degree weather has spawned an outbreak of outdoor ice skating rinks around the Los Angeles, creating pseudo-winter fun for the masses. If you're a seasoned skater planning to join in the fun, remember, ice skating doesn't come naturally to Angelenos, so be prepared for lots of beginners of all ages stumbling around the ice.
Each ice rink has its own schedule, some starting as early as the beginning of November and running through February. Continue through the slideshow for dates and special features of all the places you can go ice skating outdoors around LA and Orange County, and when you're ready to plan the rest of your winter trip to Los Angeles, head over to our comprehensive guide "Christmas in Los Angeles."Continue to 2 of 8 below.
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Irvine Spectrum's Skating Under the Stars
The first rink to open this year, with the longest season overall, is Irvine Spectrum's Skating Under the Stars in Orange County, which opened October 27, 2017, and runs through January 7, 2018. The rink is under a canopy next to the Ferris wheel at the Irvine Spectrum shopping center, and although it's not a very big space, there's plenty of room for guests during each 75-minute skating session.
The rink is closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas, but special events take place throughout the season including weekly "Themed Thursdays" that encourage guests to come in their Christmas pajamas (December 14), Santa's helpers' costumes (December 21), and New Years sparkles (December 28). Visit Skate Spectrum online for more information on ticketing, prices, and hours of operation.Continue to 3 of 8 below.
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ICE at Santa Monica
While Santa Monica has tons of things to do, you won't want to miss ICE at Santa Monica, returning November 1 as the largest rink in the area with 8000 square feet of real ice. ICE at Santa Monica is located at 1324 5th Street at the corner of 5th and Arizona, and there is also a second 400 square feet rink for kids 8 and under nearby, both of which feature special activities throughout the season.
Lessons are also available for both children and adults through the Randy Gardner's School of Skating, so even if you're not too sure of your skating ability, there's plenty of opportunities to learn at this outdoor rink. Visit the Downtown Santa Monica website for more information on tickets, class schedules, and special events.Continue to 4 of 8 below.
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Holiday Ice Rink at Pershing Square
Holiday Ice Rink at Pershing Square, formerly Downtown on Ice, is the original Los Angeles outdoor ice rink that started the fad. This 4500 square foot ice rink is set up on Pershing Square in front of the Biltmore Hotel, and special attractions include the Winter Holiday Festival, concerts, shows, and more.
The Holiday Ice Rink is sponsored this year by Bai and opens November 16, 2017, and runs through January 15, 2018. For a complete list of shows, ticket prices, and hours, visit the official Holiday Ice Rink Downtown LA website, and if you're looking for other attractions to do in Downtown Los Angeles, check out our comprehensive guide here.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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LA Kings Holiday Ice Locations
With three locations in Los Angeles to choose from—LA Live in Downtown, The Pike Outlet in Long Beach, and the Westfield in Topanga—LA Kings Holiday Ice is a great destination for ice skating no matter which part of the Valley you're in.
Each rink also offers skating and hockey classes weekend mornings and Thursday afternoons. Check the official LA Kings Holiday Ice website for special events, deals, ticketing information, and hours of operation; all locations are open from November 12, 2017, through January 30, 2018, seven days a week including holidays.Continue to 6 of 8 below.
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Ice Skating at the Queen Mary
Ice skating returns to the Queen Mary in Long Beach as part of their huge winter holiday attraction called CHILL, which takes place inside and outside the Queen Mary Dome, and was the first-ever Ice Adventure Park in the United States.
In addition to a 6500 square foot outdoor skating rink, there is a 100-foot-long 2-story ice slide for tubing, a holiday village, and The Ice Kingdom, a fantasy world of elaborate ice sculptures and ice slides kept at a bone-chilling 9 degrees inside the Dome.
This year, CHILL runs from December 13, 2017, through January 7, 2018, and features an all-new "International Adventure Expedition." Visit the official CHILL website for more information including special discounts—entering the code "HOHO30" could get you 30% off your visit!
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The Rink in Downtown Burbank
The Rink in Downtown Burbank is returning this year from December 14, 2017, through January 7, 2018, offering guests a chance to experience the 4100 square foot rink located next to City Hall at 3rd Street and Orange Grove in Burbank, CA.
Themed music and entertainment will be scheduled throughout the four weeks the rink is open, and free parking is available at numerous structures in Downtown Burbank. Season passes are available. Visit The Rink official website for more information on special events, hours of operation, and ticketing costs.Continue to 8 of 8 below.
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Winter Fest OC
Winter Fest OC at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa has moved the ice rink outdoors this year. In addition to outdoor ice skating, you'll find ice tubing, a snow play area for kids, holiday shows, fair rides, a nightly mini-parade and tree lighting.
Winter Fest OC has half-price ticket days for residents of Orange County cities. Check the website to see which day is your City Day and to find more information relating to ticketing, hours of operation, and special events coming to the Fest this year. Dates for Winter Fest OC 2017 run from December 21, 2017, through January 7, 2018.