Where to Go Ice Skating in San Diego in 2023
As the holidays approach and the weather gets colder (well, as ‘cold’ as it gets in America’s Finest City), some of our favorite seasonal activities are already underway. Ice skating in San Diego — especially at an outdoor ice rink — is a great family-friendly activity and the perfect way to get into the holiday season.
There are more festive rinks, such as on Coronado Island, and more toned-down spots, like UTC right here in La Jolla. Some are even open on Christmas day! Here’s a quick list to get you started.
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UTC Ice Arena — University City
This rink is open year-round, but it’s especially fun during the winter season. This arena is pretty unique, as it’s located inside the UTC Westfield Shopping Center. Those who don’t want to skate can stay warm in the upstairs, glass-enclosed Dining Terrace and enjoy dishes from one of the many brand new restaurants in the center.
All are welcome, from first-timers to the seasoned figure skater. If you’re a beginner and want to get a feel for the ice before heading to one of the outdoor rinks, try one of their biweekly introductory skating classes! There are also year-round lessons and clinics for anyone interested in trying hockey for the first time.
Public skating hours vary daily, so check their website for a full schedule. Most free-skate sessions last for several hours, and they’re also open Christmas Day for those who want to mix things up a little.
- Address: 4545 La Jolla Village Dr., San Diego, CA 92122
- Hours: Call or see website for details
- Phone: (858) 452-9110
Skating by the Sea — Coronado
Hotel Del Coronado may just be the only place you’ll find beachfront ice skating in San Diego. Head to the Windsor Lawn for spectacular vistas of Coronado beach and the Pacific Ocean, and listen to holiday music while you enjoy some hot chocolate and other goodies to warm up. The Hotel Del’s iconic Victorian Building, adorned with sparkling white lights, provides an awesome backdrop — not to mention a great photo op!
Skating by the Sea is open certain hours each day of the week and benefits Make-A-Wish San Diego.
- Address: 1500 Orange Ave., Coronado, CA 92118
- Hours: Ice skating reservations are required, see website for details
- Phone: (619) 435-6611
Rady Children’s Ice Rink — Liberty Station
Raise money for a great cause while you skate outdoors at Liberty Station! Formerly held in Horton Plaza, the ice rink is now located at Liberty Station. All proceeds from this event benefits programs at the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s.
Tips for skaters: bring an extra pair of socks (the ice can get a little wet during the day), and do dress warmly and bring a pair of gloves or mittens — it can get cold out there!
- Address: 2875 Dewey R., San Diego, CA 92106
- Hours: See website for details
- Phone: N/A
Viejas Outlet Center (San Diego’s Largest Ice Rink)
The Viejas Resort has once again transformed into a winter wonderland — and Southern California’s biggest outdoor ice skating rink! Every year, they provide a stunning backdrop for a great winter tradition. When you feel like taking a break, there will be a variety of seasonal snacks and warm hot chocolate available; you can also hit the outlets and take care of all your holiday shopping. It’s also a great place to have a birthday party; low prices make planning for big groups a breeze.
Hours vary, so visit the Viejas Outlet Center website for complete details.
- Address: Viejas Outlet Center, 5003 Willows Rd., Alpine, CA 91901
- Hours: Call ahead or see website for details
- Phone: (619) 659-2070
San Diego Ice Arena — Mira Mesa
There’s a reason why this ice center has been in business for more than three decades. The San Diego Ice Arena has something for everyone, whatever level of skill. While some time slots are dedicated to freestyle sessions for more serious figure skaters, there are public sessions all week long, with lots of different themes.
If you have young children, you can visit during Family Party sessions; if you want a more grown-up experience, round up your friends and head over to Adult Night where you can skate to nostalgic tunes from the 80s and 90s.
Public skating is typically available 7 days a week, but hours vary, so make sure to check their website for accurate times.
- Address: 11048 Ice Skate Place, San Diego, CA 92126
- Hours: Call or see website for details
- Phone: (858) 530-1825