by SAMANTHA EDWARDS

Discover One (Or More!) of San Diego’s Many Ice Skating Rinks This Winter

There aren’t many places in the world where you can lace up your skates and glide along the ice, palm trees swaying in the Pacific Ocean breeze, and then step off the rink and onto the beach in the middle of winter. Such is the case, however, at the iconic Hotel Del Coronado’s Skating by the Sea beachfront ice rink. Not only are you able to enjoy the sound of waves lapping at the shore but you will likely be swept up in the wintery cheer of it all – twinkling lights, festive music, and hot cocoa to start.

bkyd_iceskating2But the Hotel Del isn’t the only place to ice skate this winter. Our beautiful city is home to several special holiday rinks as well as a number of rinks open year-round. Indoor ice rinks offer a variety of fun activities all year long, including public skating sessions, figure skating lessons, ice hockey leagues, broomball, ice polo, curling, and more. Some, like Escondido’s Ice-Plex, even have special winter-themed events to help get you in the holiday mood.

While year-round rinks let you bundle up in thick socks and scarves even in the middle of July, San Diego’s holiday rinks are nothing short of magical. Viejas Outlet Ice Rink, for example, is a seasonal favorite and boasts the title of Southern California’s largest outdoor ice rink (even said to be bigger than the one at Rockefeller Center), where guests can enjoy shopping, entertainment, and a holiday water show all in one place. Poway’s Community Winter Festival features not only ice skating, but s’mores, fun decorations, and even sledding! Or you might check out the brand new outdoor rink at Point Loma’s Liberty Station, with all proceeds benefiting the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. How’s that for holiday spirit?


Holiday:

Skating by the Sea
Coronado
Nov. 24 – Jan. 2
Holiday music, lights, hot cocoa, and libations
www.hoteldel.com/activities/skating

Viejas Outlets
Alpine
Oct. 29 – Jan. 29
Holiday water show, seasonal goodies, shopping
www.viejas.com/ice-rink

Fantasy on Ice
Point Loma
Nov. 17 – Jan. 8
Daytime family sessions, night sessions, benefits Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego
www.fantasyonicesd.com

Poway Community Park Winter Festival
Poway
Jan. 13 – 14
Ice skating, snow hill, s’mores, holiday music and lights
www.poway.org

Year-Round:

Ice-Plex
Escondido
Winter Wonderland:
Dec. 19 – Jan. 1
Lit Christmas tree, holiday music, special public skating session
www.ice-plex.com

UTC Ice
La Jolla
www.utcice.com

San Diego Ice Arena
Mira Mesa
www.sdice.com

Salvation Army
Kroc Center
East County
www.sd.kroccenter.org

Poway Ice Arena
Poway
www.powayice.com

Icetown
Carlsbad
www.icetowncarlsbad.com