ICE Returns to Santa Monica for the Holidays
Harding, Larmore Kutcher & Kozal, LLP
By Lookout Staff
October 28, 2013 -- No matter the weather, there will be a touch of winter in the air when ICE at Santa Monica returns Downtown for a seventh season Friday, offering winter revelers a chance to sip hot chocolate and take a spin on the ice.
The Grand Opening Celebration on Thursday, November 7 at 6 p.m. marks Downtown Santa Monica, Inc’s (DTSM) annual kickoff of the Winterlit Festival. The ceremony, which drew 1,000 visitors last year, will be hosted once again by former Olympian Randy Gardner and will feature gliding performances by the California Gold Synchronized Skating Team.
There will be free skating on opening night and plenty of kids activities, including face painting and holiday cookie decorating.
If last season is any indication, a quarter million skaters of all ages will flock to the 8,000-square-foot ice rink at Fifth Street and Arizona Avenue to enjoy the closest the balmy beachside city comes to a winter wonderland. Of those who came last year, 65,000 took to the ice, 150 of them beginners learning to skate under the watchful eyes of instructors.
Once again this year, ICE Bites Café will provide delicious snacks, and a mini kids rink will be available for children ages six and under. And ICE, which hosted more than100 birthday parties and private events last year, will once again offer special event cabanas and party packages, as well as lockers onsite.
By mid-November, glowing holiday decorations will deck the Promenade and neighboring Santa Monica Place. On November 27, Downtown will host the popular menorah lighting ceremony to mark the first night of Hanukah, with a different synagogue presiding over the menorah lighting during each of the holiday’s eight nights.
DTSM will hold a community tree-lighting ceremony on December 12, carolers will be on hand during the holidays to spread their yuletide cheer, and holiday kids crafts will be offered throughout the month.
On December 21 to 24 Ambassadors posing as “Santa’s Little Savers” will surprise lucky shoppers by offering to pay for up to $100 of their purchases at Downtown stores.
And between December 20 and Christmas Eve, Girl Scouts will be on hand to do some last-minute gift wrapping.
ICE at Santa Monica will be open to the public daily November 1, 2013, through January 20, 2014. Admission and skate rental is $12.
The hours of operation are Monday to Thursday 2 p.m. to 10 p.m.; Friday 2 p.m. to midnight; Saturday 10 a.m. to midnight, and Sunday 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
For up-to-date information visit iceatsantamonica.com.