Ice Skating This Winter Under the San Diego Stars

While lights wrapped around palm trees are much more common than snowmen with carrots for noses, San Diego gets into the winter spirit with a twist. Just throw on a pair of jeans and grab a light jacket before you and your loved one(s) head out for some outdoor ice skating under the warm San Diego sky.

Skating by the Sea – Coronado

Ice Skating by the Pacific Ocean at the Hotel Del Coronado

Skating by the Sea at the Del!

Imagine hearing the ocean waves crashing against the pristine white sand while you glide over the ice enjoying the winter sunshine…wait…why imagine when you can actually experience it during the Hotel del Coronado‘s Skating by the Sea? The oceanfront Windsor Lawn is transformed into a spectacular ice rink overlooking the Pacific Ocean creating a picturesque holiday in San Diego.

A portion of the skating proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of San Diego.

Location: Hotel del Coronado, 1500 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA, 92118 (map)
Dates: November 21, 2012 – January 5, 2013
– Daily – 2:00 to 5:00 PM and 6:00 to 9:00 PM
– Matinee – 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM (Weekend and Holidays – November 21 – December 14, January 2-5 and Daily – December 15 – January 1)
Cost: Kids – $20; Adults – $25. Matinee Child -$15; Matinee Adult – $20
> Pre-purchase Skating by the Sea Tickets
> Save Time and Print out the Ice Skating Waiver (PDF)

Sycuan’s Fantasy on Ice – Gaslamp Quarter

Ice Skating in Horton Plaza - Sycuan's Fantasy on Ice

Ice skate in the heart of San Diego at Sycuan’s Fantasy on Ice.

Located in the center of Downtown San Diego, Sycuan’s Fantasy on Ice in the Gaslamp Quarter is a great place for a day or night out in San Diego. Stop by one of the many surrounding restaurants for a quick bite or sip on a warm drink from a cafe and then burn off those calories with a few laps around the ice rink. Stop by with that special someone on the weekend for one of the romantic night sessions complete with mood lighting and music while you skate.

A portion of the skating proceeds will benefit the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s Hospital, San Diego.

Location: Horton Plaza, 225 Broadway Circle, San Diego, CA 92101 (map)
Dates: November 15, 2012 – January 6, 2013 (Closed Thanksgiving and Christmas Days)
– Monday-Thursday – 10:00 AM to 10:00 PM
– Friday-Sunday – 10:00 AM to 7:30 PM and 8:00 PM to 10:00 PM (Night Session)
– Christmas Eve and New Years Eve – 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Cost: Children (Under 12) – $12; Adults – $14; Season Pass – $35
> Pre-purchase Sycuan’s Fantasy on Ice Tickets

Ice Skating at Viejas – East County

Ice Skaters at the Viejas Outlet Center in San Diego's East County

There’s plenty of room at the largest outdoor skating rink in Southern California.

San Diego’s East County is known for its wide open spaces, so that’s why Viejas Outlet Center decided to go big and build the largest outdoor ice skating rink in Southern California. Gather up the whole family and some friends to enjoy a day of shopping, hot chocolate and, of course, ice skating under the stars!

Location: Viejas Outlet Center, 5000 Willow Road, Alpine, CA 91901 (map)
Dates: November 16, 2012 – January 6, 2013
Times: Click here for daily times
Cost: Children (12 and under) – $10; Adults – $12; Groups of 10 or more $2 off each person
> Save Time and Print out the Ice Skating Waiver (PDF)

Ice Skating Year Round

For those looking for some ice skating fun year-round in San Diego, check out the San Diego Ice Arena (North County Inland), Kroc Center Ice Arena (San Diego), Iceoplex Escondido (North County Inland) and the UTC Ice Sports Center (La Jolla).

What are you waiting for, get out there and skate like Brian Boitano would!

Know of any other outdoor ice skating opportunities in San Diego this winter? Let us and others know in the comments below.

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Brent Bernasconi

About Brent Bernasconi

I am a local San Diegan (though surprisingly, I do not know how to surf). While not at work, I enjoy biking, running, soccer, bocce ball, craft brew (I hope to make a batch of home brew one day), reading, movies, and a video game here and there. My goal is to set foot in as many states, countries and continents as I possibly can (I have hit 14 states, 9 countries, and 3 continents), though I will always call San Diego home. How would you describe your ideal San Diego day?So after a good night's sleep, first I would take the puppy for a nice long walk. Then I would pack the bicycle panniers with a picnic lunch for the wife and I and we would ride over to Mission Trails for some trail riding and then a lovely lunch under the shade by the river. After the ride home, a shower and a nap would follow. Once rested, we would head out to the Blind Lady and enjoy a local brew and some organic pizza.If you were invisible, where would you go?Area 51! I would love to know what they are doing that is so top secret.What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?So many choices, but if I have to pick one I would choose bikingrunningsoccerbocceball. Though sitting outside with a good book on a sunny day would come in close second.Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?Nothing could be better than a San Diego Craft Beer (Hess, Stone, Ballast Point, Automatic, and many many more) and a burger with onion rings and BBQ-sauce. Though you will often find me boiling some pasta with a glass of wine in my hand and Ratatouille on in the background.Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are…A few albums by Jonathan Coulton, the ultimate geek musician. If you get a chance, listen to Code Monkey.If you like, you can follow me on Twitter @bernasconi.

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