“Ice skating” and “Los Angeles” typically don’t go together but during the holiday season, these rinks make it happen. Get into the spirit and grab your friends and family for some fun for all ages. Like Santa, most of these SoCal rinks pop up just once a year so skate it up before they’re gone. Here, the best outdoor ice skating rinks in and around Los Angeles.

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1. Dodgers Holiday Festival

If you’re looking for something a little more than just ice skating to get you into a jolly mood, the Dodgers Holiday Festival has you covered. Take a gander at light displays and interactive installations, enjoy nightly entertainment, purchase holiday themed food, jump around in one of the bounce houses, and much more. And, of course, there is an ice skating rink in the middle of center field. For an additional fee (includes skate rentals) you can twirl around where L.A.’s Boys in Blue play. Open through December 23.

1000 Vin Scully Ave., 90012; mlb.com

2. Surf City Winter Wonderland

Ice skate outdoors as beachgoers look on at the Surf City Winter Wonderland in Huntington Beach, just a hop, skip and jump away from the Pacific Ocean. Imagine being able to ice skate and surf all in one day. The rink is open through January 2, 2022. Surfs…or...skates up!

325 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, 92648; simpletix.com

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L.A. Kings Holiday Ice

3. L.A. Kings Holiday Ice

Angelenos can enjoy outdoor ice skating at the annual LA Kings Holiday Ice at L.A. LIVE on Xbox Plaza right out front of Crypto.com arena. You can also take advantage of special dinner deals at participating L.A. LIVE restaurants when you present your ticket stub. The rink is open through January 7, 2022.

800 W. Olympic Blvd., 90015; lalive.com

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The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey

4. The Elf on the Shelf’s Magical Holiday Journey

Elf on the Shelf finds his way to the Pomona Fairplex for what can only be described as Coachella for Christmas enthusiasts of all ages. Walk or take the trolley through an outdoor enchanted elf-sized world that includes a quest to save Christmas. Dash around larger-than-life scenic and light installations that put any Candy Cane Lane to shame. This year the journey now includes a brand-new outdoor Christmas Village with holiday goodies. All that, plus an outdoor skating rink for an additional fee which includes skate rentals.

1101 W McKinley Ave, Pomona, 91768; elfontheshelfjourney.com

5. Santa Ana Winter Village

Channel your inner Michelle Kwan and bust out your skills at this world-class outdoor ice-skating rink. Afterward, enjoy live entertainment, shopping, food truck fare and more. For those with kiddos, Mrs. Claus will be there to read stories and might catch a glimpse of Santa (he is busy this time of year, after all.) The Winter Village is open through January 2.

20 Civic Center Plaza, Santa Ana, 92701; santa-ana.org

6. Santa’s Village

Christmas is more than a day at Santa’s Village, it’s a lifestyle. The amusement park outside of Lake Arrowhead is dedicated to celebrating Christmas year-round but really go for it during the holiday season. Enjoy all the joy and cheer they have to offer and then hit the Silver Bells Arena, their ice skating rink that changes to a roller rink come summertime.

28950 California 18, Skyforest, CA 92385; skyparksantasvillage.com

7. Skating Under the Stars

Take a break from the holiday hustle and bustle to skate under the stars on an outdoor rink at Irvine’s Great Wheel Court. While you’re there, take a ride on the carousel or take in the sights from above in their ferris wheel. The ice skating rink is open through January 2, 2022.

670 Spectrum Center Dr. Irvine, CA 92618; irvinespectrumcenter.com

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