Skate into the holiday season at these San Diego County ice rinks


Bundle up, grab your skates and gather the family for some wintry cheer without the freezing temperatures at these local ice-skating rinks.

Skating By The Sea: A holiday fixture at the Hotel del Coronado for more than a decade, skaters can practice their triple axels around the ice rink that sits on the Windsor Lawn about 30 yards from the beach. Admission is $30 per person, including ice-skate rentals. Check the website for operating hours. Nov. 22-Jan. 1. Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado. (619) 435-6611.

Holiday by the Bay: Although it’s not your traditional ice skating rink, visitors can “skate” their way into the holiday season at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront’s all-new re-imagined ice adventure park featuring Reindeer Run, San Diego’s only two-story, 100-foot ice-tubing slide. There’s also ice bumper cars, nightly snow flurries and an hourly interactive light show with a 30-foot tall Christmas tree. Family-friendly activities range from stocking trimming to gingerbread cookie decorating. Festive craft cocktail flights and sweet and savory treats will keep you warm in between activities. A portion of every ticket sold will benefit United Service Organizations Inc. (USO) San Diego. Admission is $20 ages 12 and up; $15 children 3-11; free to children under 3; $5 discount available for active military with proper ID. Parking is $20. Open 5 to 11 p.m. on select dates Nov. 24-Jan. 5. Hilton San Diego Bayfront, 1 Park Blvd., downtown. (619) 564-3333.

Rady Children’s Ice Rink: It’s another season of ice-skating action with the grand opening of the ice rink Nov. 17 at Arts District Liberty Station. The rink will be open daily, except Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. through Jan. 6. Café Mingei, in the Dick Laub NTC Command Center, will be the on-site cafe for skaters to enjoy coffee, tea and treats. Admission is $15 adults; $13 children; $10 military with ID. Proceeds benefit Rady Children’s Hospital’s Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders. Liberty Station, 2640 Historic Decatur Road, San Diego. (619) 573-9300.

Viejas Ice Rink: Billed on the Viejas website as the “largest outdoor skating rink in Southern California,” this 9,800-square-foot rink will be adorned with holiday lights and festive decorations. Open through Jan. 27; closed major holidays. Admission is $16 adults and teens; $14 children 12 and under. 5000 Willows Road, Alpine.

UTC Ice: Take a spin around the ice rink at this year-round indoor sports center inside the remodeled Westfield UTC Shopping Centre. Spectators can stay warm in the glass-enclosed dining terrace upstairs. Free 30-minute sessions for first-time skaters are held every Saturday morning on a first-come, first-served basis. General admission is $15; $12 children 5 and under; $5 skate rental. Westfield UTC Shopping Centre, 4545 La Jolla Village Drive, La Jolla. (858) 452-9110.

Ice-plex Escondido: Two Olympic-sized ice rinks with public skating sessions are offered year-round, seven days a week. There’s also beginner hockey or skating school classes if you’re just starting out. Admission with skate rental is $10 per adult; $9 children 12 and under. Admission without skates is $8 per adult; $6.50 children 12 and under. 555 N. Tulip St., Escondido.