The ice rinks are opening! This is one of the city's greatest holiday pleasures. You can put on your mittens and feel a little wintery but it never gets too cold.
ICE at Santa Monica opened on November 5th and runs through February 15th 201. The rink is located at 5th St. and Arizona Ave. in Santa Monica.
Mon-Thurs noon - 10
Friday noon- midnight
Saturday 10 - midnight
Sunday 10 - 10
Cost to skate is $10 which includes skate rentals but be aware that it's $10 to skate even if you bring your own skates Available skate sizes: kids 10-4 and Adults 5 - 13
For complete ICE at Santa Monica information click here
Pershing Square Downtown On Ice opens today, November 18th, and runs through January 17, 2011.
Mon - Thurs 12 - 10
Friday - Sunday 10 - 10
You skate here in 1 hour sessions. Each session costs $6 and skate rentals are $2
Click here for a complete schedule and other information.
The rink is available for private rentals should you be looking for a place to have a Holiday Party. Exclusive use of the rink runs $1.500 for 1 and 1/2 hours, $2.500 for 2.5 and $3.500 for 3 and 1/2 hours. The entire facility (includes canopies, tables, chairs, rentals) is available for $3500 for 2 hours and $5000 for 3 hours.
Even if you don't want to skate, or you just want to sit and watch while your kids go 'round and 'round, Pershing Square is a great place to get into the Holiday Spirit. I don't know about you, but I can hardly believe it's almost Thanksgiving. I'm afraid if I don't take myself somewhere that will make me realize - Hey! It's the holidays! I'm going to feel like they passed me right by. A weekend afternoon sitting by an outdoor ice rink is just what I need.
A series of FREE concerts are happening throughout the holiday season - click here for a complete schedule.
Menorah Lighting with blessings and song is scheduled for Wednesday, Dec 1st (exact time not currently listed, I'll keep trying to get it)
The Winter Holiday Festival happens the weekend of December 11th & 12th from noon to 6pm.
And Holiday Caroling is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec 21st from 8 - 9
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