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Skate in the Holidays at "Downtown on Ice"!

Do you miss the cold weather now that you’re spending the holidays in Los Angeles? You’ll still be able to experience the winter tradition of ice skating at “Downtown on Ice”! Starting today, November 17, 2011, Pershing Square on 532 S Olive St will open its outdoor skating rink until January 16, 2012. Come skate under the sun and stars in Downtown Los Angeles!

The outdoor skating rink will be open for its 14th year in the heart of Downtown Los Angeles, framed by skyscrapers and festive holiday lights. At only $8 including skate rental, “Downtown on Ice” offers the most affordable ice skating experience in Los Angeles, thanks to the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks and Councilmember Jan Perry.

From November 17 to December 18, the rink will be open from 12-9pm Monday through Thursday and 10am-10pm Friday through Saturday. From December 18 to January 11, the rink will be open from 10am-10pm every day. Admission and skate rental is only $8 for one hour in the 4500 square foot real-ice rink in Pershing Square alongside the Biltmore Hotel. Each skate session is followed by 30 minutes of ice resurfacing. Underground parking is available for $6 before 5pm Monday to Thursday and $5 after 5pm with skating validation, but there are also cheaper parking options nearby. Weekend parking is $5 all day, or you can take the Metro Red Line from Hollywood and receive $1 off skating admission with a Metro ticket or coupon. The rink also provides lockers for 75 cents so you can store your valuables while skating.

Every year, guests are invited to enjoy skating along with special events throughout the holiday season including a festival, skating exhibitions, a winter concert series, live telecasts, broomball games, fundraisers and much more. Talk shows “Today Show,” “Ellen” and “The Tonight Show” have all featured this festive holiday event.

The Winter Holiday Festival will take place December 10 from 11am to 7pm. Lunchtime concerts will be held December 19-23, December 26-30 and January 1-6. Evening concerts will be held December 10-23. An estimated 350,000 guests attend “Downtown on Ice” every year. Come join in the fun this year on the skating rink!

Looking for an Escape to a Winter Wonderland in Los Angeles? Your Search is Over!

Who said you had to escape to freezing temperatures to get a winter wonderland experience? Los Angeles County offers a variety of seasonal attractions, particularly ice skating, for visitors and residents who don’t want to travel to glacial temperatures for memorable winter fun.

Downtown on Ice
For the 13th year in a row, Los Angeles has opened Southern California’s largest outdoor ice skating rink at Pershing Square, in the heart of Downtown. Sponsored by the LA City Department of Recreation & Parks and Councilmember Jan Perry (9th Dist.), this attraction makes ice skating a fun and affordable escape for everyone, including couples, friends and families who are looking for a small taste of a traditional winter experience.

  • When: Now – January 18, 2011
  • Where: Pershing Square, downtown at 532 South Olive, across from Millennium Biltmore
  • Price: One hour session: $6/Skate rental: $2
  • Hours: Mon. –Thurs. 12pm – 10pm, Fri. – Sun. 10am – 10pm

ICE at Santa Monica
For those of you looking for a bit of irony in your life, there is the option of ice skating near the pier. This is the 4th year that Santa Monica has opened up its 8,000sq.ft. rink. This is definitely an experience that is really only available in a place like Southern California where the sun shines all year long, so don’t miss out on the opportunity of a lifetime!

  • When: Now – February 15, 2011
  • Where: Corner of 5th St. and Arizona Ave.
  • Price: Admission & Skate Rental $10
  • Hours: Mon. – Thurs. 12pm – 10pm, Fri. 10pm – 12am, Sat – Sun. 10am – 10pm

LA Kings Ice at L.A. Live
For anyone interested in ice skating under the stars and lights of L.A. Live, the venue has opened a 5,600sq.ft. rink for all to enjoy. With so much to do within walking distance, this particular location is perfect for any families, friends or couples that would like to have dinner, watch a movie, go bowling or buy a drink before and after the ice skating experience.

  • When: Now – January 1, 2011
  • Where: L.A. Live near Staples Center
  • Price: $12 General admission for unlimited skating
  • Hours: Various times. Check http://www.lalive.com/holidayice for info.

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