Lace up! Plan a trip to one of these outdoor ice skating rinks in San Diego County

A photo of Skating by the Sea ice skating rink at the Hotel del Coronado in Coronado
Skating by the Sea ice skating rink at the Hotel del Coronado in Coronado
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OK, so San Diego may not quite be the first image that comes to mind when dreaming of a winter wonderland. But while we don’t have a lot of natural snow fall or frozen ponds, that doesn’t mean we can’t create our own cold weather magic.

To get in the holiday spirit this year, check out these three outdoor ice rinks that have popped up in sunny San Diego for the season.

Liberty Station

A photo of Liberty Station Ice Rink
Liberty Station Ice Rink
(Misael Virgen/San Diego Union-Tribune)

Liberty Station’s schedule is full of seasonal events — from holiday markets to “The Nutcracker Tea Party” — but a local favorite is the Rady Children’s Ice Rink. Now in its 25th year, the ice rink is presented in partnership with NTC Foundation, with proceeds benefitting the Thriving After Cancer program at the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s Hospital. Keep an eye on the schedule for updates about special events like Gulls Night, iHeart Rady Children’s Night and Rady Children’s Auxiliary Day.

Hours: Open daily, 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Dates: Through Jan. 9, 2022. The rink is closed on Dec. 25.

Location: Central Promenade at Arts District Liberty Station, 2875 Dewey Road, Point Loma

Tickets: Buy in person or online for $13 (children) and $15 (adult); $10 for military and Rady’s Children staff. All tickets include skate and helmet rentals. For multiple visits, five and 10-pack punch cards are also available.


Hotel del Coronado

People ice skate at Skating by the Sea on a crowded day at the Hotel del Coronado on Dec. 29, 2019.
People ice skate at Skating by the Sea on a crowded day at the Hotel del Coronado on Dec. 29, 2019. The beachfront ice rink benefits Make-A-Wish San Diego.
(K.C. Alfred/The San Diego Union-Tribune)

Sandwiched between ocean views and the iconic resort, Hotel del Coronado’s beachfront rink is the ultimate San Diego ice skating experience. When you need a break from the ice, reserve a booth at Frostbite Lounge to enjoy drinks, bites, a firepit and comfortable seating. A portion of proceeds from “Skating by the Sea” — which is part of its Home for the Holidays programming — will be donated to Make-A-Wish-Foundation San Diego.

Hours: Varies; see website for details

Dates: Through Jan. 2, 2022

Location: Windsor Lawn at Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado

Tickets: General admission is $35, which includes skate rental and 90 minutes on the ice, with seasonal passes available for $400. Online reservations are recommended, as there are limited walk-up tickets available. (Frostbite reservations sold separately.)


Viejas Casino & Resort

Go big or go home! Head to Alpine to experience Viejas Casino & Resort’s self-proclaimed largest outdoor ice skating rink in Southern California. Bonus: the ice rink is located at Viejas Outlet Center, so make a dent in your holiday shopping during your visit. Other activities on the grounds include a festive water show, entertainment, and holiday lights.

Hours: Open daily from 3 to 10 p.m., with special holiday hours on Dec 24 and 25.

Dates: Through Jan. 2, 2022

Location: Viejas Outlet Center at Viejas Casino and Resort, 5003 Willows Road, Alpine

Tickets: Tickets are $20 (adults) and $18 (age 12 and under) for 90 minutes on the ice and skate rentals. Season passes are also available for $99.