Slip, Slide, Glide into the Holidays on the Red/Purple Lines

blurred motion of skarters at night

Slow motion slide and glide of night skating at Downtown On Ice.

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Family Fun, Date Night Adventure in Downtown Los Angeles Off the Red/Purple Lines Metro Rail

If airwaves filled with holiday tunes cause visions of Currier & Ives skaters or gliders crossing Rockefeller Center’s ice rink to dance through your head, hop on the Metro! Winter fun on ice is just off the Red/Purple or Blue Lines.

The Greater LA area has multiple opportunities for outdoor skating, even if it’s in the 70s outside. Two Metro-accessible venues are in the downtown area: Downtown On Ice and L.A. Live’s Holiday Ice.

holiday lights

Holiday decor gives festive feel to Downtown On Ice.

Downtown On Ice is the longest-running venue, in its 13th season, and is perhaps the most popular –  an estimated 350,000 will visit. It’s at the Outdoor Holiday Skating Rink in Pershing Square, 532 South Olive, across the street from the Pershing Square stop on the Red/Purple Lines.

L.A. Live’s Holiday Ice is the newcomer to the outdoor skating scene – it’s in its second season at Nokia Plaza, one block west of the Pico stop on the Blue Line.

variety of people skating

Skaters of all ages and backgrounds enjoy the Pershing Square ice.

We visited Downtown On Ice in Pershing Square and loved its urban atmosphere. The venue is steeped in LA ambiance –  the downtown skyline as the backdrop, participants of all ages and backgrounds, and multicultural food aromas, languages, and music filling the air. And eat your sugar plums, snow-bound friends: palm trees ring the rink!

We must admit we didn’t skate – it’s too hard to photograph when on ice. But even without testing our glides, the festive ambiance wrapped us in seasonal cheer. And the idea of skating isn’t so intimidating, because many novice rail-huggers laughed their way around the circuit. Rink staff were helpful and friendly as they assisted balance-challenged skaters. A great memory-making experience for a family outing, date night, or to add cheer to a lunch break. Great in the sun or the twinkling night lighting.

father helps daughter

Marcus Hough helps his 3-year-old daughter Winona to skate – almost.

Pershing Square is the oldest continuously used park in the city. The square block 5-acre area, bounded by W. 5th, W. 6th, Olive, and Hill Streets, was dedicated as a public park in 1866. The park was renamed for World War I hero Gen. John Joseph “Black Jack” Pershing in November 1918, a week after Armistice Day (now Veterans’ Day) ended that conflict.

Year-round, the park is the site of concerts and public gatherings. Through January 17, holiday-themed music and events accompany Downtown On Ice, adding a very festive atmosphere.

family skating together

Downtown On Ice is a popular family destination.

A free weekend Winter Holiday Festival, including a Snow Fun Zone, Make & Take Holiday Crafts, a Holiday Ornament Grove, and free entertainment, is scheduled for December 11 and 12, from noon – 6 pm.

smiling boy

Smiles of success skating at Downtown On Ice

father and daughter smile for photo

Downtown On Ice is a good backdrop for family photos.

Other events include:

Holiday Lunchtime Concerts – Weekdays, 12:00 noon – 2:00 pm, Dec. 20 – 31 and Jan. 17
Swing, Salsa, Blues – Sundays, 2:00 – 4:00 pm, through Jan. 16

Rock Around the Rink – Wednesdays, 8:00 – 10:00 pm, Dec. 15, 22, 29 and Jan. 5

Classic Rock Tribute – Fridays, 8:00 – 10:00 pm, Dec. 10, 17, Jan. 7, 14

Community Sing Along: Holiday Caroling – Tuesday, Dec. 21, 8:00 to 9:00 pm

This year gourmet food trucks will be on site every day.

Downtown on Ice, is open daily through January 17, 2011:
Monday – Thursday 12:00pm to 10:00pm
Friday – Sunday 10:00am to 10:00pm
Monday, Jan 17, 2011– Martin Luther King Day – Open from 11:00am to 10:00pm
breaks for resurfacing every hour for one half hour

machine resurfaces ice

The ice is groomed every hour.

General Admission Fees:
Skating Session $6.00
Skate Rental$2.00

Metro Discount: Show your valid Metro pass, Metro Rail ticket or Destination Discounts card at the entrance booth and receive $1 toward admission. Download a discount card here:

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