Where to ice skate in San Diego County this season

From Coronado Island and Liberty Station to East County, there are plenty of cool options.

Ice skating rink at Hotel del Coronado in San Diego

The cold never bothered us anyway.

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Ice skating in sunny San Diego? Oh, it’s possible alright. A few ice skating rinks pop up this time of year that make us feel all sorts of wintry, even when it’s 75° and we’re changing from flip-flops into ice skates. 🩴

Let’s glide across these seasonal options — and then some.

🌊 Skating by the Sea | Windsor Lawn, Hotel del Coronado

  • Dates: Daily, through Jan. 1, 2023
  • Hours: Vary by date
  • Tickets: $40 (includes 90 minutes of skating and skates rental; reserve in advance)

Ice meets the sand at this beachfront rink where you can skate next to stunning views of the Pacific Ocean. A portion of ticket sales benefits Make-A-Wish San Diego.

Hotel del Coronado ice skating SD

Skating in a beachfront wonderland.

❄️ Rady Children’s Ice Rink | 2875 Dewey Rd., Liberty Station

  • Dates: Through Jan. 8, 2023 (closed on Thanksgiving + Christmas Day)
  • Hours: 10 a.m.-10 p.m. daily
  • Tickets: $15-$17 (includes skate rentals)

Now in its 26th year, you can find this holiday hub in the Central Promenade at the ARTS DISTRICT. The rink raises money for Rady Children’s Hospital, specifically its Thriving After Cancer program at the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.

Rady Rink Liberty Station SD

Try a sunny ice skating sesh at Liberty Station.

Photo via Monica Garske + SDtoday

⛸️ Viejas Ice Skating Rink | 5003 Willows Rd., Viejas Outlet Center

  • Dates: Through Jan. 8, 2023
  • Hours: 3-10 p.m. (closed on Thanksgiving, special hours on other holidays)
  • Tickets: $18-$20 (includes 90 minutes of skating + skates rental)

According to Viejas, this East County attraction is SoCal’s largest outdoor ice rink. Pro tip: Get some holiday shopping done at the surrounding outlet stores.

🎄 Glice Rink | 5300 Grand Del Mar Ct., Fairmont Grand Del Mar

  • Dates: Weekends between Saturday, Nov. 26-Saturday, Jan. 14, and daily between Monday, Dec. 19-Sunday, Jan. 1
  • Hours: 12-8 p.m. on weekends, 4-8 p.m. on weekdays
  • Tickets: $19-$38 (includes 1-hour of skating + skates rental)

This eco-friendly rink is part of the resort’s holiday celebration, which also includes a festive food + crafts market.

🗓️ Year-round rinks
If you’d rather ice skate without the holiday crowds, consider these indoor, year-round options.

San Diego Ice Arena | 11048 Ice Skate Pl., Mira Mesa

This rink offers public skating sessions daily — at $20 per person — plus lessons for all ages, as well as figure skating and ice hockey programs.

UTC Ice | 4545 La Jolla Village Dr., UTC

Public skating sessions are set to pop music and fun lights, and cost $25 per person. This rink also offers beginner ice skating, figure skating, and hockey classes.

Kroc Center Ice | 6737 University Ave., Rolando

Try a public skating session for $20, drop in for a game of pick-up hockey, or explore programs for ice skating, figure skating, youth hockey, and adult ice hockey.

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