If there’s one unique winter pastime that gives new meaning to a coastal winter it’s beachfront ice skating. While the rest of the Northern Hemisphere gears up with beanies, coats and other appropriate seasonal attire, SoCal residents get to glide around the ice with short sleeves and sunglasses. Where else will you get to have warm, glowing sunshine lighting up the sand and a salty ocean breeze contrasted with the coolness of the ice?
This brilliant tradition is usually organized by hotels and involves scenic views of waves crashing into the sand along with an array of charming festive activities to get involved in. Here are the two best spots for beachfront ice skating near L.A.
In just under an hour’s drive from L.A., you could be swirling around Paséa Hotel & Spa’s ice rink with uninterrupted views of a surfer’s paradise. It’s the perfect alternative to ice skating on a rink surrounded by city skyscrapers without traveling too far. After your hour-long session, you get cozy around a firepit and sip on Santa’s hot chocolate and festive baked treats. They host frequent themed nights including Mariah Carey Tribute Night, Santa’s Ho Ho Hoedown, Ugly Sweater Night, Date Night, and Skate & Sip. In the spirit of the season, a portion of proceeds goes to Bright Endeavors, a nonprofit job training organization for new moms.
📅 Dec. 14, 2023 – Jan. 1, 2024
📍 21080 CA-1, Huntington Beach, CA 92648
This historic landmark turns into a breathtaking winter wonderland over the holidays. The entire resort lights up with plenty of exciting activities including light shows, gingerbread-making workshops, and, of course, ice skating. You can catch stunning views of the sun sinking into the Pacific Ocean while you whisk around on skates at this gorgeous ice rink in San Diego. To warm up you can toast s’mores in the rink-side igloo or sip cocktails around a fire at the Frostbite Lounge. Sessions last 90 minutes and tickets start at $40 for the general public with proceeds benefiting the Make-A-Wish® San Diego. Heading there for a weekend stay makes for a perfect winter escape.
📅 Nov. 17, 2023 – Jan. 7, 2024
📍 1277 R.H. Dana Place, Coronado, CA 92118