Skating Away in San Diego

Skating by the Sea

Skating by the Sea

When you think of San Diego you’re probably envisioning warm, sunny weather, beautiful beaches, hot nightlife scene and fun family attractions. What most likely doesn’t spring to mind immediately is ice skating.  Winter in San Diego transforms many of our attractions into snow bunny getaways.

The San Diego Zoo’s holiday Jungle Bells is a winter celebration throughout the park that runs through January 2nd. And what could be more fun that a whole day filled with wild animals and a skate around the Sabertooth Grill? The skate rink is open from 11 a.m. to closing, so you can enjoy a full day of sights and holiday lights and celebrations at night.

For the first year ever, SeaWorld opens an in-park skating rink during their Holiday Celebration. Come see their festive 30-foot Christmas tree lit up while you visit Shamu and friends and revel in the seasonal entertainment that includes carolers, the Night Before Christmas sea lion show and more.

Get your holiday shopping done at downtown’s Horton Plaza or the Viejas Outlet Center in north county and spend the rest of the day gliding along on ice. Both shopping havens are great for a holiday pick-me-up with family or friends, and a great way to enjoy a sunny day outside.

San Diego is also probably one of the only locations where you can literally ice skate on the beach. The Hotel del Coronado offers holiday Skating by the Sea through January 3rd, where you can go for a dip in the Pacific and then walk steps to the hotel for skating fun and hot chocolate.

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Katie S.

About Katie S.

I’m a 25-year old arts and culture nut who loves animals, grammar, live music, farmer’s markets, hysterically bad movies, anything that smells like pumpkin, shoes and Chipotle.

What would you do on your ideal San Diego day?

I’d start my day with a breakfast burrito and a morning run on the beach at Fiesta Island with my dog.  Then I’d bring a picnic lunch to the Japanese Friendship Garden, and end my day rocking out at a concert.

If you were invisible, where would you go?

The Chargers locker room.

What is your favorite San Diego outdoor activity?

I love shopping at the kitschy stores in Hillcrest and finding great deals at the outlet malls. Shopping is an outdoor activity, right?

Do you prefer burgers and beer or linguine and red wine?

I’m a vegetarian, so I’d have to say veggie burgers and beer. My favorite is the veggie burgers at the Wild Note Café that are made fresh with hummus.

Latest music purchases for my iPod/MP3 player are…



  • Easy Star All-Stars “With A Little Help From My Friends”



  • Fleet Foxes “White Winter Hymnal”



  • Franz Ferdinand “Ulysses”



  • DeVotchka “How It Ends”


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