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Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks San Diego 2011

November 30, 2011
Outdoor Ice Skating in San Diego

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During the holiday season, you can lace up your blades and skate through the 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 2011, three outdoor ice rinks in San Diego are open to the public. These holiday-themed ice rinks are located around the region: Hotel Del Coronado in Coronado, Viejas Outlets and Casino in Alpine, and Horton Square in downtown San Diego.

As for SeaWorld’s Ice Skating Rink in Mission Bay, we have not been able to confirm if it will be in place in 2011.  But, we do know that they have a beautiful ‘tree’ this holiday season. Please check their site for more information.  SeaWorld – All Holiday Events information –  Follow this link 

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 trek 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.

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!

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.

Whichever rink you choose, we hope you are able to get your skate on and have fun skating in the great outdoors!

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