Just because Los Angeles’ warm climate melts frozen tundra on a regular basis doesn’t mean ice skating is out of the question. In fact, our part of the state where Californian figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi honed the 42-year-old champion’s sport early in her career provides plenty of rinks on which anyone can practice, show off his or her skills or simply have fun. Following are five rinks operating in and around the City of Angels.
532 South Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA 90012
The happily titled Holiday Ice Rink in Pershing Square is a favorite among Southland skaters who like to show off their skills in front of moderate to large crowds enthusiastically taking in all of the sliding and twirling on this particular frozen ground. The temporary venue stays busy in downtown Los Angeles until January 19, 2015 so get your blades ready (or rent them on the spot) for fast and furious one-hour sessions at this popular rink that doesn’t disappoint even the most uncoordinated ice queen or ice king.
ICE Santa Monica
1324 5th St.
Santa Monica, CA 90401
In the neighborhood where the Pacific Ocean tends to be the main outdoor attraction all year round, ICE becomes an alternative place to get in on some extra curricular activities from November until January 19, 2015. Broomball games are abundant on this slice of Southland ice, as are tiny skaters who have their own kids’ spot for practicing the balancing act that is fundamental to all skating skills.
Woodland Hills Ice at Westfield Promenade
6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
You may be skating on thin ice but you won’t get in trouble while you do so at this Valley outpost where all takers will be watched by friends, family and strangers shopping in the Westfield Promenade, the fresh air location for this particular (temporary) rink. Open to the public until February 16, 2015, Woodland Hills Ice offers more than 7,000 square feet of the frozen stuff, all perfectly maintained for outdoor use. A skating school is on hand for those who want to perfect their figure eights.
Corner N 3rd St. and E Orange Grove Ave.
Beautiful downtown Burbank is the scene of great restaurants, top flight shopping, first-run films and a temporary rink called, cleverly, The Rink that’s open during the holiday season. Skating on this frozen water is made even more exciting than usual on Ugly Sweater Mondays and 80s Night Wednesdays. But every 90-minute session at this skating place is paradise for those who traverse the cold surface on a single blade.
LA Kings Holiday Ice at Nokia Plaza
800 W. Olympic Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90015
At the always lively LA Live in Nokia Plaza and surrounding arguably the best decorated outdoor Christmas tree, this icy place is great for active Angelenos — including business types, cutting-edge hipsters and super festive families — to whirl away the evening while an LED light show also entertains. Hungry? A special program called Supper and Skating in conjunction with three fine restaurants is on tap at and near this holiday-oriented ice rink open until the first day of the new year, 2015.
Los Angeles freelance travel writer Jane Lasky, contributes to publications such as Travel + Leisure, Vogue and Esquire. Her weekly sojourning column ran in 40 newspapers for 20 years. Jane is anything but an accidental tourist. Check out her articles on Examiner.com.