Aside from apocalyptic disaster movies, we rarely see snow in sunny Los Angeles. That doesn’t mean we can’t bring winter to us. This is Hollywood. If Tobey Maguire can become an action hero and Denise Richards can play a nuclear physicist, then we can have ice rinks with nary a snowflake in sight. Grab a friend, a thermos of hot chocolate, and an adventurous spirit as you become a blade runner — not like a futuristic detective who hunts down renegade robots, more like Kristi Yamaguchi.
Woodland Hills Ice
Where: Westfield Promenade
When: Nov. 2 – Jan. 27
Cost: Free- $17
Glide across 7,000 square feet of real ice at the only outdoor, open-air ice rink in the San Fernando Valley. Deals like free skate rentals and father-daughter skate night help the holidays feel special. More information.
Where: Santa Monica
When: Nov. 7 – Jan. 21
Spin, twirl and try to Salchow by the beach at this 8,000 sq. ft outdoor rink. For the newbies, skating lessons are available. More information.
Downtown on Ice
Where: Pershing Square
When: Nov. 15 – Jan. 21
Skate under skyscrapers and the stars in the heart of downtown Los Angeles. Free events including a concert series and broomball games round out the holiday season. More information.
Where: W Los Angeles – Westwood
When: Nov. 16 – Jan. 3, closed 12/9. 12/12, 12/13, 12/20
The W hotel turns its pool into a rink with skating lessons, snow machines, and cocktails. Weekly ice skating performances and weekend gingerbread cookie decorating sessions add some to the festivities. More information.
Where: Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
When: Nov. 15 – Jan. 3
Skate and work on your tan during the day then enjoy stars at night. Century Plaza’s eco-friendly synthetic hybrid rink tries to create that wintery feeling. More information.
Queen Mary Presents Chill
Where: The Queen Mary
When: Nov. 17 – Jan. 6
Cost: Start at $9.95
Enjoy a perfect SoCal night by going on a yuletide glide. Not your cup of tea? The majestic Queen Mary also features a two-story tall ice mountain for tubers. More information.
LA Kings Holiday Ice
Where: Nokia Plaza at L.A. Live
When: Nov. 24- Jan. 5
Hone your skating skills just a puck shot away from the L.A. King’s headquarters. Hungry? Enjoy “Supper & Skate” for a dinner feast at participating restaurants and skate it all off afterwards. More information.
Gliding Through the Hills
Where: Golden Triangle
When: Dec. 1 – Jan. 6
Beverly Hills debuts its first ever public ice rink. Sneak a peek at Santa, go on holiday trolley tours with Mrs. Clause, and sing with carolers to a backdrop of one-of-a-kind décor. Rodeo Drive will be decked out with lights with the Tiffany & Co.-decorated tree at Beverly Wilshire shining over the city. More information.
Culver Ice Arena
Where: Culver City
When: Year round (closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas)
Worried about not making it to a pop-up rink this winter? The Culver Ice Arena is open all year long. From Fantasia on Ice to College Nights, this rink has something for everyone. More information.
Pasadena Ice Skating Center
Where: Pasadena Convention Center
When: Year round (closed on Thanksgiving)
This year-round ice skating rink has been operating for 35 years, offering public skating sessions and hosting figures skaters, hockey teams, and broomballers. More information.