Outdoor Ice Skating Returns To San Diego For The Holiday Season

November 9, 2022

Get ready to lace up those skates because outdoor ice skating is returning to San Diego for the holiday season. 

Sure we may not get "seasons" in San Diego, but that doesn't mean we can't celebrate the holidays with wintry activities. In addition to several indoor rinks dotted around San Diego County, several al fresco ice rinks pop up around America's Finest City during the traditional winter months. 

Skating by the Sea at Hotel Del Coronado benefiting the Make-A-Wish Foundation may be the most picturesque ice skating in the entire world. The beachside rink returns starting November 17 with special holiday hours. Skating costs $40 for 90 minutes including skate rentals, and the rink is open through January 1, 2023.

The Rady Children’s Hospital Ice Rink opens this November 17 within Liberty Station in San Diego's Point Loma. Skating costs $15 for kids and $20 per adult, which includes skate rentals and helmet. The Rady's Rink is open through January 8, 2023. More than $2 million has been raised from ticket sales, sponsors and donations to the Ice Rink in the past 20+ years.

Head out to San Diego's East County to whip around the Viejas Outlet Center Ice Rink, which is dubbed as "Southern California's largest outdoor ice skating rink." Now open from 3-10pm daily, entrance is $18 for kids 12 and under, $20 for teens and adults and $99 for a season pass, with the price including 90 minutes of skating and skate rentals. The Viejas Outlet Rink is open through January 8, 2022. 

Visit the Lakehouse Hotel & Resort on the beautiful Lake San Marcos for lakeside ice skating on an eco-friendly ice alternative rink from November 25 through January 1, 2023. Guests must pre-register for their time-slot and then pay on-site at the event at the check-in booth. Walk-Ups will be on a first come first serve basis, with pre-registrations taking priority. Each time slot is valid for 45 minutes of ice time. The price is $10 for kids and $15 for adults, which includes ice skates. 

In addition to the seasonal outdoor rinks discussed above, there are several permanent ice rinks in San Diego, including The Rinks at Poway ICEUTC Ice Sports Center at Westfield UTC in La Jolla, San Diego Ice Arena in Mira Mesa, The Salvation Army Kroc Center Ice in Rolando, and IceTown in Carlsbad.