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Ice Skating in San Diego

Special holiday rinks and year-round skating

While it may seem like a contradiction, ice skating by the beach is quite natural in San Diego. Find holiday and year-round ice skating rinks here!

Feel the cool sea air as you traverse the ice rink, then sip hot cocoa as holiday music plays above the roar of nearby waves. San Diego may be known for sunshine and a year-round mild climate, but we still like to throw on our mittens, lace up our skates and get into the holiday spirit. In true San Diego style, beachside ice rinks have become a local favorite holiday pastime from November through January.

For the rest of the year, indoor ice skating rinks can also be found throughout the region offering some cool fun during the warm summer days.

Holiday Rinks

  • Skating by the Sea - CoronadoDon't miss this unique Southern California experience - outdoor ice-skating overlooking the Pacific Ocean! Each winter since 2005, the Hotel del Coronado’s oceanfront Windsor Lawn is transformed into a spectacular ice rink with skating sessions offered daily. A portion of the skating proceeds benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of San Diego.
  • Sycuan's Fantasy on Ice - Downtown: Skating in a downtown setting blends an urban vibe with a casual bayside attitude. Skating runs from mid-November to early January. Season passes are available.
  • Viejas Outlets - East County: The largest outdoor skating rink in Southern California is at Viejas Outlets from early November to early January. The sprawling outlet center and adjacent casino kick the holiday spirit into overdrive.
  • Poway Community Park - North County Inland: Skating leads up to Poway's annual Winter Festival, with all the trimmings of a quaint mountain-side town.  Price of admission includes 30-minute session plus skate rental or you can bring your own ice skates.

Year-round Rinks

  • Ice Town - La Jolla: Located within the UTC Shopping Center, Ice Town is a great place to have some fun after a day shopping or to just hit the ice during the middle of summer. In addition to public skating sessions, the rink also offers skating lessons, hockey leagues and birthday parties.
  • Iceoplex - North County Inland: When staying in the North County area, Iceoplex is a great places to cool off during the warm summer days. In addition to public skating sessions, the rink also offers skating lessons, hockey leagues and birthday parties.
  • San Diego Ice Arena - San Diego: Serving the San Diego community since 1978, San Diego Ice Arena is a great place for family fun on the ice. In addition to public skating sessions, the rink also offers skating lessons, hockey leagues and birthday parties. A well-stocked pro shop has everything an ice skater will ever need.
  • Salvation Army Kroc Center - San Diego: The Salvation Army’s Kroc Center Ice Arena is the only ice arena centrally located in the heart of San Diego! A year round, NHL regulation sized ice surface, Kroc Center Ice offers public ice skating sessions, learn to skate classes, learn to play hockey classes, drop in hockey, youth in-house hockey, and adult hockey leagues.

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