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Los Angeles might not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of ice-skating. However, several local venues will help get you in the holiday spirit with their seasonal, outdoor ice rinks. So strap on some skates for some holiday fun under the California sun! Even if you don’t skate, you can sit on the sidelines with a cup of hot cocoa and still enjoy in the merriment. Here’s a list of places in the Greater L.A. area that have been transformed into winter wonderlands:
Downtown on Ice @ Pershing Square Open daily through Jan. 17, 2011. Pershing Square is located at 532 South Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013. (213/485-1645) Hours of Operation: Monday — Thursday, 12 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday — Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $6 and skate rental is $2. There is a conveniently located Red Line station at Pershing Square, so Go Metro! You’ll receive a $1 discount by showing your Metro transit receipt/pass. Click here to visit their website.
LA Kings Holiday Ice @ L.A. LIVE Open daily through Dec. 31, 2010. L.A. LIVE is located at 800 W. Olympic Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90015 (at Figueroa Street). Hours of Operation: Now through Dec 17th: Monday – Friday, 5 p.m. – 11 p.m.; Saturday – Sunday, Noon to 11 p.m.; Beginning Monday Dec 20th: Daily, Noon – 11 p.m. Bring your kids to “Skate with Santa!” Now through Dec 22nd, from 7:00 – 8:00 p.m. nightly. Admission is $12 for unlimited skating. Click here to visit their website.
Chill @ The W Hotel – Westwood The “coolest rink in town” is open daily through Jan. 2, 2011. The W Los Angeles-Westwood is located at 930 Hilgard Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90024 (310/208-8765.) Admission is $10 for one hour (price includes skate rental) Click here to visit their website.
ICE @ Santa Monica Open daily through Feb. 15, 2011. ICE is located at 1324 5th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401 (At the corner of 5th Street & Arizona Avenue) 310/496-9880. Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday, Noon to 10 p.m.; Friday, Noon to Midnight; Saturday, 10 a.m. to Midnight; Sunday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Admission is $10 (includes skate rental) Click here to visit their website.
Woodland Hills Ice @ Westfield Promenade Open daily through Feb. 6, 2011. Westfield Promenade is located at 6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA (at Erwin Street). 818/854-4151. Hours of Operation: Sunday — Thursday, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday — Saturday, 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. Admission is $11 for Children, $13 for Students & Seniors (with ID), and $15 for Adults. Click here to visit their website.
Holiday Ice Rink @ The Lakes, Thousand Oaks Open daily through Jan. 17, 2011. The Lakes, is located at 2200 E. Thousand Oaks Blvd. Thousand Oaks, CA 91362 (north of Hampshire Road). 805/494-0514. Hours of Operation: Monday – Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Friday – Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Admission is $9, hockey skate rentals are $3 and figure skate rentals are $4. Click here to visit their website.
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Michael Figueiredo is a freelance travel writer based in Los Angeles, California. When he’s not gallivanting around the world, he’s enjoying the laid-back lifestyle and perfect weather of Southern California. So far he’s visited forty countries and territories on five continents. His goal is to see at least one new country every year! Michael Figueiredo is a newly-minted travel writer based in Los Angeles, California. When he's not gallivanting around the world, he's enjoying the laid-back lifestyle and perfect weather of Southern California. So far he’s visited 36 countries and territories and hopes to see at least one new place every year. He recently traveled to Italy, Croatia, and Turkey with day trips to Montenegro and San Marino. This year he hopes to travel to Cuba! Read more from this author