San Diego Ice Skating Rink Roundup 2014
The temperature may be 70 degrees and sunny, but December is still a great time to take in the winter festivities and nothing says holidays like hot chocolate and the “gracefulness” of ice skating. Rookies and professionals alike can get in the spirit and don their skates to the tune of their favorite carols. Check out these San Diego favorites.
Skating by the Sea at Hotel Del Coronado
Through Jan. 4. See Hotel Del Coronado’s Windsor Lawn transformed into an outdoor ice-skating rink that overlooks the beach and Pacific Ocean. This attraction was named by Travelchannel.com as one of the “Top 10 Best Holiday Attractions of 2014”. The surrounding Del property is also decked out for the holidays with twinkling lights, decorations and a giant Christmas tree. Skating is $25/pp and includes skate rental. Hotel Del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, 619.435.6611. http://hoteldel.com/events/skating-sea/
Fantasy on Ice at Horton Square
Through Jan. 4. Lace up your skates and glide away at this outdoor ice rink in the middle of the Westin Horton Plaza shopping center—yet another opportunity to ice-skate in balmy, 75-degree weather. This year’s rink is sponsored by Sycuan and benefits Rady Children’s Hospital. Season passes are available for $40. $14/pp. 225 Broadway Cir., San Diego. 619.234.1031. 225 Broadway Circle, downtown, fantasyonicesd.com.
The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe
Through Jan. 4. The first annual outdoor ice-skating rink is a welcome addition to the holiday celebrations at The Inn at Rancho Santa Fe. Guests can enjoy the holiday allure of festive twinkle lights and the grand 25-foot Christmas tree. $18/pp includes admission and skates. 5951 Linea Del Cielo. 858.381.8289. theinnatrsf.com.
San Diego Ice Arena
Ongoing. Located in the heart of Mira Mesa, San Diego Ice Arena has been serving the community for more than 34 years, offering a variety of programs such as birthday parties, skating school, hockey and figure skating. Public sessions are available daily. $12/pp including skate rental. 11048 Ice Skate Place, San Diego. 858.530.1825. sdice.com
UTC Ice Sports Center
Ongoing. Never hit the ice before? Try UTC Ice Sports Center, which offers one introductory lesson for skaters ages three and over complimentary. Public skate sessions are offered almost daily. Check the website for holiday hours and special events. $12/pp. $3/skate rental. 4545 La Jolla Village Drive, San Diego. 858.452.9110. utcice.com
Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center
Ongoing. The former home of the San Diego Gulls, the Kroc Center offers year-round ice skating, including eight public sessions per week, night skating and discounted Sunday skates. $10/pp includes admission and skates. 6845 University Ave., San Diego. 619.287.5762. kroccenter.org
Ongoing. San Diego’s largest ice skating facility offers public skating and beginner hockey or figure skating classes. Guests can also reserve a broomball session for a group and play in sneakers. $10/pp includes admission and skates. 555 N. Tulip, Escondido. 760.489.5550. iceplexescondido.com
Ice Rink at Viejas
Through Jan. 4. Viejas Premium Outlets has brought to life Southern California’s largest outdoor ice skating rink and paired it with a snack bar filled with tasty treats. So, lace up your skates, grab a delicious cup of hot cocoa and soak up the holiday splendor. Monday through Friday from 5-10 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from noon-10 p.m. $14/pp including skate rental. 5000 Willows Road, Alpine. 800.847.6537. viejas.com/ice-rink