Where to ice skate this season
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
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
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 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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