Holiday season means the return of ice skating in Los Angeles public spaces. It’s not uncommon to see families lacing up their skates between shopping trips or couples taking a spin before a dinner date during the holidays—it’s the closest they’ll get to traditional winter sports with Southern California’s mild winter weather.
Chill (Westwood’s W Hotel)
For those who want to skate in style, this is the rink where the hottest skaters in Los Angeles go to see and be seen. Known as Chill, this 1,600-square-foot rink/lounge in Westwood’s W Hotel lets ice skaters of all levels enjoy not only the ice, but a stunning backdrop created from the hotel’s converted pool area. Open from mid November to New Year’s Day every year, ice skating in Los Angeles is just never quite as fun or glamorous as it is at the W’s Chill rink.
Downtown on Ice
Pershing Square’s Downtown on Ice is an outdoor ice skating rink open from mid-November to mid-January. Billed as the city’s largest rink for the smallest price, this is especially popular with hockey fans who are on their way to or from a Los Angeles Kings game. It’s also a great spot for families with young kids looking for a taste of traditional winter activities in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles.
Ice at Santa Monica
Ice is a popular seasonal outdoor ice skating rink located at 5th Street at Arizona Street. The rink hosts regular ice skating and hockey classes for those that want to step up their skills or just get comfortable as they slide along the smooth sheet of ice. It opens the second week of November and closes mid-January, making it a must-visit spot for all those in town during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. Admission for the rink is free the first evening it opens each year.
Culver Ice Arena
The Culver Ice Arena in historic Culver City features year-round ice skating—perfect for escaping on some of those unbearably hot summer days. The Culver Ice Arena also offers many ice skating and hockey classes taught by professional instructors in addition to Theater on Ice performances.