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Ice Skating San Diego 2010

November 17, 2010
Outdoor Ice Skating in San Diego

Ice Skating San Diego 2010 (Courtesy Photo)

During the holiday season, hundreds, if not thousands, of people, lace up their blades and skate through the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays on San Diego’s outdoor ice skating rinks. These rinks are designed to accommodate skaters of all levels. So, come one and all and lace up your skates to take advantage of this very unique holiday experience in San Diego.

In 2010, four outdoor ice rinks in San Diego are open to the public. These holiday-themed ice rinks are located around the region: SeaWorld Ice Skating Rink in Mission Bay, Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado, Viejas Outlets and Casino in Alpine, and Horton Square in downtown San Diego.

SeaWorld Ice Skating Rink – It’s not necessarily “Shamu on Ice,” but SeaWorld’s guests can lace up a pair of skates and glide on real ice at SeaWorld’s beautiful outdoor ice skating rink.

The ice skating rink is located just inside the park entrance beneath SeaWorld’s 320-foot Holiday Tree of Lights. It should be an absolutely beautiful setting. With a nod to the smaller skaters, a special rink will be available for children 3 and under. This protected area also comes with special skates that are double-edged for extra balance. There is no extra cost to enter the rinks. All you have to pay for is the skate rentals which will be available onsite for a nominal fee. Guests are NOT allowed to bring in their own skates.

Dates & Hours

SeaWorld’s ice skating rink will be open from November 26-28, 2010, weekends December 4-12, 2010 and daily December 18-31, 2010.

The hours of operation are the same as the marine park. Please click on the above link for the most current information.

Admission & Rentals

There IS an extra cost to slide ‘n’glide. The prices are as follows:

Ages 3 and Under: $5/hour or $10/day

Ages 4 and Older: $10/hour or $20/day

6th Annual Hotel Del Coronado Skating by the Sea – Get the best of both worlds. Skate with the Pacific Ocean as your backdrop. It really doesn’t get better than ice skating on the beach. Maybe it can. You could be ice skating on the beach in December, in front of the Hotel Del Coronado in Southern California, with the ocean just steps away.

The Hotel Del is such a wonderful Christmas treat that you can be part of the merriment even if you don’t have skates on. The Del’s atmosphere is very festive and welcoming to all. Holiday music fills the air and guests can purchase hot chocolate and other holiday libations as they stroll around the grounds.

The Hotel Del Coronado is so popular in San Diego that many residents make an annual pilgramage every holiday season because it is such an outstanding Christmas celebration. For the holidays, the Hotel Del (as it is known by the locals) is decked out with over 100,000 lights showcasing this historic landmark hotel. And the Del’s Christmas tree is something to behold. It is located in the lobby, don’t miss it.

Dates & Hours

November 24 – December 17, 2010

Daily: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. & 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Matinee Saturday & Sunday: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

December 18, 2010 – January 2, 2011

Daily: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Matinee 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Admission & Rentals

3 hours – $20 adults/$15 for kids ages 10 and under.

2 hours – Matinee session costs $15 adults/$10 for kids ages 10 and under.

Skate Rental Fee – $5.

Please note that a portion of the skating proceeds will benefit the Make-A-Wish Foundation of San Diego.

Please also note that the matinee session is the only 2-hour session. Patrons must pay for entire session regardless of time spent skating.

Viejas Outlet Center Ice Rink – The good folks at Viejas Outlet Center and Casino have been opening up their beautiful property to ice skaters of all ages. Viejas is located on the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indian’s reservation. It is located approximately 30 miles east of downtown San Diego and is accessible by Interstate 8. This is the only outdoor ice skating rink in San Diego with a casino just across the street!

Dates & Hours

Open Daily from November 12, 2010 – January 2, 2011

Thanksgiving Day open all night beginning at 4:00 p.m.

Monday – Friday, 5:00 p.m – 10:00 p.m.

Saturday – Sunday, 12:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.

Admission & Rentals

Each skating session is 1.5 hours, and costs $12 per person – including skates.
Special group rates are also available. Please call (619) 659-2073 for details.

Ice Skating Rink at Horton Square (outside Horton Plaza)
– This rink is tucked away behind all the action of downtown San Diego. It is located behind the NBC 7/39 Building at 225 Broadway. The rink is as urban as it gets. It is squeezed in among the tall commercial buildings in downtown San Diego, just outside of Horton Plaza. This is a rink that is the same size as a hockey rink, so please keep that in mind.

Shy Skaters Beware! The rink is on the same property as NBC-TV and you may have cameras monitoring your wobbles and falls.

Dates & Hours

November 18, 2010 – January 9, 2011

Monday – Thursday Open Sessions: 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

Friday – Sunday Day Sessions: 10:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Friday – Sunday Night Sessions: 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m.

The rink is open on New Year’s Eve and Christmas Eve until 5:00 p/m. The rink is closed on Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day.

Admission & Rentals

Adults – $14.00

Children (Under 12) – $12.00

(prices include skate rental)

Group rates are available. Please inquire.

Please note that proceeds from this ice skating rink go to the Peckham Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders at Rady Children’s Hospital


Self-validated 3-hour free parking is available in the Horton Plaza parking structure.

Entrances to Wesfield’s Horton Plaza Mall Parking Garage:

– 4th and F Street

– 2nd and G Street

– 3rd and G Street

The ice skating rink will not validate parking at Horton Plaza’s parking structure. Validation machines are located inside the mall. Parking meters on the street are monitored Monday-Saturday from 8:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Get your skate on and have fun skating in the great outdoors!

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