Get ready to make your East Coast friends extremely jealous. Though it's undoubtedly cool to ice skate bundled up at Rockefeller Center, San Diegans will lace up in shorts under the sun and stars. Seasonal outdoor ice skating rinks pop up in San Diego during November and stick around until just after New Year's Day, typically. Here is where to go for ice skating this fall and winter:
Hotel Del Coronado
Each November, the Windsor Lawn at the historic Hotel Del Coronado transforms into a gorgeous beachfront ice skating rink. Skating by the Sea is an annual event that doubles as a fundraiser for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego.
Daily skating sessions will take place this year from Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, through Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015.
Skating by the Sea at Hotel Del Coronado — Photo courtesy of Hotel Del Coronado
The hotel offers plenty of other holiday-themed events and festivities, too, including its Holiday Festival on Wednesday, Dec. 3, when there's skating plus fireworks, music and an appearance by Santa Claus himself.
It's all to be expected, as each year, Victorian decorations, thousands of lights and a festive holiday schedule transform Hotel Del Coronado into Southern California's winter wonderland.
Viejas Outlets is home to Southern California's largest outdoor ice skating rink (It's even bigger than Rockefeller Center.), and it opens a bit earlier in the season than most others.
There's a costumed skate on Friday, Oct. 31, and then daily skating usually picks up in early November. (No dates are posted yet to the venue's website.)
You can order hot cocoa, nachos, pizza, drinks and more from the ice rink snack menu. Not to mention, savings at these outlets range between 30% to 70% on America's favorite brands, making this a perfect place to do some holiday shopping.
Gorgeous holiday decor throughout the outlets is sure to get both shoppers and skaters into the holiday spirit. Fill out the skating waiver online to save some time.
Downtown San Diego
Sycuan's Fantasy On Ice happens in downtown San Diego right next to Horton Plaza. This year, skating proceeds benefit Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children's Hospital, San Diego.
Skating dates include Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014, through Sunday, Jan. 4, 2015. All sessions are open to the public and tickets can be purchased online.
Here, it's suggested to bring an extra pair of socks, as the ice can get wet under the sun. Faster skating occurs in the late afternoon and evenings, as older kids finish school for the day.
The grand opening show on Nov. 21 will feature a professional skating performance and end with $5 skating for the remainder of the evening.
NBC San Diego will also broadcast live from the skating rink on Wednesday, Dec. 3, at the tree-lighting event.
Our seasonal ice skating rinks in San Diego give residents and visitors a small taste of a white winter. Plus, they're fun regardless of age!