The Pershing Square ice skating rink, officially known as the Bai Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square, is the largest outdoor ice rink in Los Angeles, and it’s hosting all sorts of themed events in the coming weeks that’ll make you want to hit the ice. If you’re a fan of Broadway musicals, for instance, perhaps you want to visit on Wednesdays, from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m for Arabian Nights, which features music from the Aladdin stage musical, which comes to the Hollywood Pantages Theatre on January 10. Envisioning myself swirling around the rink in graceful figure eights to “A Whole New World,” I tried it out this week, but ended up clinging awkwardly to the railing instead. Still, it was fun. The park is beautifully decorated with holiday lights, and on a weeknight, it wasn’t crowded.
If musicals aren’t your thing, or you want to curate your own soundtrack, perhaps check out the Silent Night Skate Party on Wednesday, December 13. Each skater gets a pair of headphones, and can choose from three different channels of skating music. Or else kick it old school with DJ HowLy, who spins era-spanning rock and hip-hop on Thursday nights from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Also Sundays December 17 and January 14, from 8:30-9:30 p.m., is your chance to try an Olympic sport the official website describes as “shuffleboard crossed with bowling—on ice.” If you guessed “curling,” it sounds like you want to head to Pershing for some lessons. Finally, for all of you who can’t stand the relentless Los Angeles heat, this is the perfect opportunity to establish your cold-loving bona fides: On Monday, January 1, from 2:30-3:30 p.m., the rink hosts a Polar Bear Skate! Inspired by the daring New Year’s Day swims in colder climates, the rink invites people to ring in 2018 by skating—in their swimwear.
The Pershing Square holiday ice rink is open through January 15, 2018. Bai, the beverage company sponsoring this year’s rink, is giving out a free antioxidant drink with every ticket purchase, and there’s also a snack bar serving up pretzels, hot dogs, and hot cocoa, which you can enjoy at one of the rink-side tables. General admission tickets are $9, and it’s another $4 to rent skates. Locker rentals are available for $3. Word to the wise: Metro riders can show their TAP card at the ticket booth for $1 off the ticket price. Advance ticketing recommended.
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