Here we will take a look at some of the best ice skating rinks that you can go to this winter in order to spend some time both inside and outside on the ice.
If you are anything like me, then one of your favorite parts of the holiday season is going ice skating with your family and friends to spend quality time together. Even here in sunny Southern California, you can hit one of these ice skating rinks for some festive fun to get into the spirit of the season.
Note: For many of these rinks, tickets in advance are recommended. Prices and hours may vary.
December 8, 2022 – January 8, 2023
Address: 717 W. Santa Ana Blvd., Santa Ana, CA 92701
Winter Village is a wonderful touch of the season for families in Santa Ana. This free to enter festival offers plenty to see and do without cost, but their ice skating experience is a truly special experience that can’t be missed with themed date nights and special activities throughout the season.
November 18, 2022 – January 8, 2023
Address: Huntington Beach Pier Plaza at Pacific Coast Highway and Main Street
Have you ever wondered what it would be like to ice skate on the ocean? Surf City’s Winter Wonderland gives you the opportunity to do just that. The Huntington Beach Pier provides the perfect backdrop for skating with the terrific view of the ocean behind you.
November 25, 2022 – January 1, 2023
Address: 88 Fair Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Winterfest OC is Orange County’s biggest holiday event with holiday décor, over a million lights, rides and games, ice tubing, and of course an ice rink for skating under the stars. Don’t miss out on making memories with family and friends at this festive holiday celebration.
November 25, 2022 – December 31, 2022
Address: 21080 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
Pasea returns with this fan favorite for another year and allows skaters to enjoy plenty of Christmas-based amenities such as themed cocktails and snacks, reserved firepits, and themed nights like Mariah Carey tributes and Santa’s ‘Ho Ho’ Hoedown.
November 4, 2022 – January 8, 2023
Address: Giant Wheel Court – 670 Spectrum Center Drive, Irvine, CA 92618
There is no doubt that Irvine Spectrum is a hub for both Christmas shopping and festive events. With decorations all around, including the centerpiece of the Christmas tree right near the ice rink, this place creates a wonderful atmosphere that makes it a perfect place to go ice skating all night long.
Monday, December 5, 2022 – Monday, December 12, 2022 – 8:00 pm
Mon – Fri 4:00 – 8:00pm (last session begins at 7:00)
Sat & Sun 2:00pm – 9:00pm (last session begins at 8:00)
Address: Mission Viejo Civic Center – 200 Civic Center, Mission Viejo, CA 92691
Located at Santa’s Village at the Civic Center Plaza, Rudolf’s Rink features 40-minute skating sessions plus a “Christmas Café” with hot beverages, snacks and water. Glow-in-the-dark items will also be available for purchase for small children.
Open Year Round
Address: 888 Ridge Valley, Irvine, CA 92618
In addition to being the home of local Olympian Nathan Chen, Great Park ICE is also a wonderful place for novice skaters to learn how to skate. Skating lessons and public skating sessions are available year-round at Great Park ICE and the perfect spot to enjoy indoor ice skating during the holiday season.
Anaheim Ice: 300 West Lincoln Ave., Anaheim, CA 92805
Westminster Ice: 13071 Springdale Street, Westminster, CA 92683
Yorba Linda Ice: 23641 La Palma Avenue, Yorba Linda, CA 92887
As opposed to other picks on this list, The Rinks ICE locations are open year-round for ice skaters of all skill levels and is a great place for beginners and intermediates. They have been known to have holiday touches throughout the month, so don’t miss it! Also, these are indoors, so even if the weather takes a turn, you can still spend an afternoon on the ice.
Ice Rinks Near OC
Open Year Round
Address: 28950 CA-18, Skyforest, CA 92385
Just a few minutes from Lake Arrowhead is Santa’s Village, the kind of place that you might imagine in a snowglobe. It comes complete with an ice rink surrounded by beautiful pine trees, as well as a Christmas village where plenty of holiday celebrations are held.
December 15, 2022 – January 8, 2023
Address: 41902 Main Street, Temecula, CA 92590
A new season of skating awaits at Temecula on Ice. You can skate here the whole day long, enjoying Christmas carols playing on the surrounding radios! If you’re there at the right time, you’ll be treated to a wonderful view as the sun sets behind the mountains.
November 17, 2022 – January 1, 2023
Address: 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, CA 92118
Hotel Del Coronado is home to many wonderful holiday activities like beachside igloos, and Victorian tea. However, their ice skating on the sea is the shining star of festivities – with a beautiful view of the ocean you can skate to your heart’s content, and you can rent a private lounge with appetizers to go around.
Furthermore, if you’re looking for an experience that’s truly unique, the Hotel Del Coronado offers a package that includes two day passes to Skating By The Sea, as well as overnight accommodations.
November 16, 2022 – January 16, 2023
Address: 1324 5th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401
Ice at Santa Monica is a great place to skate with friends and family. Located right in the heart of downtown, this is a winter paradise that cannot be missed out!
And if you’re looking to get off the ice for a little while and spend some quality time with loved ones, Ice at Santa Monica has cabana rentals available.
November 23, 2022 – January 1, 2023
Address: 532 South Olive Street, Los Angeles, CA 90013
Located adjacent to the fashion district in Los Angeles, the Holiday Ice Rink offers visitors the chance to enjoy a fun-filled holiday skating experience with a gorgeous view of the LA skyline. In addition to a great skating experience, they also have a few special nights including DJ nights.
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Morgan Mulac is a freelance writer who has spent years on the road as a nomad and now has settled back in California with her family. Some of her favorite spots to travel to in California are in Orange County and the many beaches along the coast. She’s an avid writer about her journeys and enjoys sharing the beauty California has to offer.