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Where to ice skate this season

These top San Diego ice skating rinks welcome all levels of skaters during the holidays.

Young skaters zoom around the Skating by the Sea ice skating rink at the Hotel del Coronado. (Hayne Palmour IV • U-T)

Young skaters zoom around the Skating by the Sea ice skating rink at the Hotel del Coronado. (Hayne Palmour IV • U-T)

It’s time to lace up those skates and get to gliding. Local ice rinks are welcoming all levels of skate-enthusiasts this Thanksgiving weekend, so you can get to work right away on that triple-axel.

Skating by the Sea at Hotel del Coronado

Located on the Windsor Lawn of the Hotel del Coronado, Skating by the Sea stirs up winter wonder with beach vibes. The Del’s iconic Victorian Building is adorned with thousands of white lights during the season, providing a magical backdrop. Stretching out in front of you? A stunning ocean view.

SKATING SEASON: Nov. 24 to Jan. 2

PRICE: $25 per person; ice skate rentals included

Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. hoteldel.com

SAN DIEGO, CA-NOVEMBER 20, 2015: Discover SD cover shoot at Liberty Station ice rink Friday. (Misael Virgen/ San Diego Union-Tribune)

SAN DIEGO, CA-NOVEMBER 20, 2015: Liberty Station ice rink. (Misael Virgen/ San Diego Union-Tribune)

Fantasy on Ice in Liberty Station

This outdoor rink in the Arts District of Liberty Station welcomes all levels of ice skaters to flutter around while benefiting the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s Hospital San Diego. Family skate sessions take place during the day, and as the sun sets, adults come to skate at a faster pace with fun music.

SKATING SEASON: Nov. 17 to Jan. 8

PRICE: $12 kids; $14 adults

2640 Historic Decatur Road, Liberty Station. fantasyonicesd.com

Viejas Ice Rink

This seasonal rink is the largest outdoor ice skating facility in Southern California. Under the glow of holiday lights, skate your day away. This season, catch movies on the ice with showings of “Home Alone” on Nov. 24, “The Grinch” on Dec. 10 and “Frozen” on Dec. 17.

SKATING SEASON: Oct. 29 to Jan. 29

PRICE: $14 ages 12 and under; $16 adults and teens

Viejas Casino & Resort, 5000 Willows Road, Alpine. viejas.com

UTC Ice

During the busy holiday season, you can knock out your holiday shopping, then celebrate with some ice skating at the indoor UTC Ice Sports Center. For spectators, there’s a glass-enclosed terrace upstairs. Free sessions for first-time skaters are held every Saturday morning.

SKATING SEASON: All year

PRICE: $14 general admission; $10 ages 5 and under

4545 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla. utcice.com


Ice-plex Escondido

Ice-plex in Escondido offers two Olympic-sized  ice rinks with public skating sessions seven days a week. There’s also beginner hockey or skating school classes if you’re just starting out.

SKATING SEASON: All year

PRICE: $10 per adult; $9 children 12 and under

555 N. Tulip St., Escondido. iceoplexescondido.com

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