San Diego Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks: Yes, They Do Exist!

Children sporting mittens, teenagers whizzing by on hockey skates, couples arm in arm as they glide across the ice under a starry sky…is that not what you’d expect to see in sunny San Diego? Despite temperatures that often reach into the 70s, winter in San Diego ushers in outdoor ice rinks around the county. So grab a (light) sweater and head to one of these seasonal San Diego outdoor ice skating rinks before winter’s end:

San Diego Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks – Updated for 2016 Holidays

Fantasy on Ice – Point Loma Peninsula

Fantasy on Ice - Point Loma

Photo courtesy of Bob Ross Photography

Welcome to the Outdoor Rink at ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station! Want to experience San Diego outdoor ice skating in the heart of America’s Finest City all while benefiting a great cause? Come to ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station and join us in a benefit for the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s Hospital-San Diego. “Make sure to dress warm and bring a pair of mittens/gloves. During the daytime the ice can be a little wet, so bring an extra pair of socks.”

Where: ARTS DISTRICT Liberty Station – 2640 Historic Decatur Rd, San Diego, CA 92106
When: November 17, 2016 – January 8, 2017 (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: $10-$50
> Find out more about Fantasy on Ice

Skate by the Bay – Holiday by the Bay

Skate by the Bay - Holiday by the Bay

Hilton San Diego Bayfront is excited to host our first Holiday By The Bay celebration. Get ready to ice skate by the San Diego Bay, watch holiday movies under the stars, eat breakfast with Santa, and more!

Where: Hilton San Diego Bayfront – 1 Park Blvd, San Diego, CA 92101
When: December 10, 2016 – January 2, 2017

  • Monday-Saturday: 10:00 AM to 9:00 PM
  • Sundays: 10:00 AM to 7 PM

Cost: $16-$20
> Find out more about Skate by the Bay – Holiday by the Bay

Skating by the Sea at the Hotel del Coronado

Skating by the Sea at the Hotel del Coronado

One of San Diego’s most breathtaking winter experiences, the oceanfront Windsor Lawn at the Hotel del Coronado is transformed into a spectacular ice rink overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Where else in the world can you ice skate with a white sandy beach just steps away?

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 24, 2016 – January 2, 2017
Times: Hours Vary. Check website for details
Cost: $25
> Find out more about Skating by the Sea

Southern California’s Largest Outdoor Ice Rink – Viejas Outlet Center

Viejas Outlet Center Ice Rink

This expansive San Diego outdoor ice skating rink at East County’s Viejas Outlet Center is the perfect way to spend the day with your family. After some bargain holiday shopping at the center’s variety of outlet stores, grab a cup of cocoa or slice of pizza from the ice rink’s snack shack, then lace up your skates for some wintery fun.

Where: Viejas Outlet Center – 5000 Willow Road, Alpine, CA 91901 (map)
When: October 29, 2016 – January 29, 2017

  • Monday-Friday – 5:00 to 10:00 PM
  • Saturday-Sunday: 12:00 to 10:00 PM

Cost: $14-$16
> Learn more about Viejas Outlet Center Ice Rink

Make Your Holidays Bright in San Diego

Choose sand and sun this holiday season with colorful light displays, merry festivals, outdoor activities and more.

> Plan Your Holiday Fun in San Diego

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About Candice

Foodie, craft beer nerd, shopaholic, music geek, photographer and contemporary art fan could all be used to describe me. I’m a big proponent of highlighting San Diego’s hidden gems and local businesses and breaking stereotypes about our city. We’re more than just sunshine and beaches (though those are nice, too!). What would you do on your ideal San Diego Day? Eating and shopping around my favorite neighborhoods: Golden Hill, South Park, North Park, Little Italy and Hillcrest. Then popping into one of our great art museums and capping off the night with some live music and a a local beer at The Casbah. What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity? Does shopping count as an outdoor activity? Or checking out the public art around town, like at Chicano Park? I do love visiting the La Jolla tide pools in the summer and ice skating at the outdoor rinks that go up each winter. Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine? Let's get one thing straight here: San Diego craft beer goes with everything, not just burgers. Though it is really good with a burger. Latest music purchases for my iPod player are… I’m lucky to be married to a music journalist, so advance copies of the newest albums are constantly available to me for free. But I can’t seem to stop playing the new album by CHVRCHES, and San Diego band Rocket from the Crypt have been on repeat a lot lately. Follow Candice on Twitter @candicesd

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