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Chill out at outdoor skating rinks from Downtown, Santa Monica and Westwood to the Valley

Posted By Karen Young On December 3, 2009 @ 12:26 am In Activities,Family,Featured,My Daily Find,spotlight | No Comments

Karen_Young_MDF100BY KAREN YOUNG

Who said there is no winter in Los Angeles? Grab your mittens, hats, scarves and wooly socks, and head on out to one of these outdoor ice rinks. From Downtown to Westwood, Santa Monica and the Valley, there’s a winter wonderland waiting for you. We can pretend, can’t we?

Woodland Hills Ice

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Skating for all ages.

The first annual winter wonderland has hit the San Fernando Valley’ s Westfield Promenade in Woodland Hills. The outdoor ice rink features over 7000 square feet of real ice, offering daily recreational ice skating along with special events, skating exhibitions and shows, birthday parties, holiday activities, skating lessons, date nights and more throughout the duration of the holiday season– February 21, 2010, including holidays. $11-15 includes skates. Join the Holiday Party and Community Free Skate with Ribbon Cutting Ceremony with Councilman Dennis Zine on Monday December 14. Come see Santa on Ice! 3 -5 pm everybody skates for free! Woodland Hills Ice 6100 Topanga Cyn. Blvd. Woodland Hills (310) 854-4151 Open daily. www.woodlandhillsice.com

CHILL at The W Hotel Westwood

A winter wonderland at the W in Westwood.

Cabanas, Cocktails, Cuisine —A winter wonderland at the W in Westwood.

Only in L.A.!  Here’s a date night for you…or a holiday magic stay-cation.  Cozy cabanas, creative cocktails, eclectic cuisine and ice skating — it’s a chill fest in Westwood. The W, the swanky hipster hotel on Hilgard Avenue, has turned its backyard pool, WET, into CHILL, a 1300 hundred square foot hybrid, environmentally friendly ice skating rink.  Dine on such dishes as  Roasted Tomato Soup With Three-Cheese Panini or S’mores Tart With Star Anise Honey and Chocolate Sauce at the Backyard “Snowy Snack Bar.” Some special drinks include: Spiked Pumpkin Lattes and Adult Hot Chocolates.  $10 admittance includes skate rentals.W Hotel Thru Jan 24. The W Hotel 930 Hilgard Ave., Westwood (310-208-8765). $10 (includes skate rental). Open daily.

ICE in Santa Monica

The beach meets the ice in Santa Monica with holiday cheer daily, just two blocks from the Third Street Promenade. The $10 admission includes skate rental. Make it a special holiday evening on Friday December 5 when 94.7 The Wave and Brian McKnight host the official tree lighting ceremony at the Promenade. McKnight and his sons will perform an acoustic set of their favorite holiday songs. McKnight will autograph his newly released CD after his performance. Open through January 31. 1324 Fifth Street, Santa Monica. For more details visit www. downtownsm.com or 947thewave.com.

Pershing Square Downtown

The is the 12th season of skating at Pershing Square.

The is the 12th season of skating at Pershing Square.

Celebrating its 12th season, Downtown on Ice is the closest thing Los Angeles has to Rockefeller Center. Surrounded by looming skyscrapers, there’s no better way to have fun in the city and a cool way to do it at a low cost. Admission is $6 (+skate rental $2), Scheduled special events include a FREE concert series, a FREE Winter Holiday Festival with FREE Snow Zone, weekend Kid’s Zone interactive entertainment and more. The Downtown On Ice Winter Holiday Festival will held Saturday and Sunday December 12 and 13, 2009. The festival is open from 11 am to 6 pm on both days. This event features special teen entertainment Saturday, December 12, 2009 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM Mon – Thurs 12PM – 10PM, Fri – Sun 10AM -10PM Pershing Square 532 S. Olive St. Los Angeles, CA 90014 Phone: (213) 847-4970. www.laparks.org/pershingsquare/doi.html Through January 18.

LA Kings Holiday Ice at L.A. LIVE

Yes, there’s more downtown skating and its right across from The Staples Center. This is the first year L.A. Live has opened its skating rink, so rink hop to this 70 by 50 foot wonderland with room for up to 200 skaters. $10 includes skates. Tonight, December 3, marks the grand opening with free performances by LeAnn Rimes, Sheila E. and the E Family and a Christmas tree lighting ceremony. The evening will also mark the season’s first lighting of the festive holiday lights displayed along the streets throughout the L.A. LIVE district featuring 75,000 lights that adorn 50 ten-foot angels along with over 265,000 snowfall LED lights covering 150 trees. Through December 31. Nokia Plaza L.A. LIVE 800 W. Olympic Blvd. Los Angeles, CA 90015 $10 per entry. www.lalive.com

Karen Young is the Editor/Publisher of My Daily Find

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