Want the coolest winter bucket list experience? As home to the NHL’s Ducks, Anaheim really knows how to chill. The Ducks’ practice facility, The Rinks Anaheim ICE, is open year round for indoor skating so you can follow in the skate-steps of the pros.

But if you’re looking to get into the holiday spirit, grab a hot cocoa and skate under the stars with these outdoor ice skating rinks in and around Orange County. Here are all our favorite places to skate during the holiday season in Orange County and nearby.

OC Ice Rink at the Irvine Spectrum Center - Irvine

Dash over to the Irvine Spectrum Center to experience skating under the stars all season long. After sliding across the ice, enjoy other festive activities like a nightly tree lighting. Stop by the beautifully decorated 75-foot tree in Giant Wheel Court every night to see it come to life with a choreographed light show every 30 minutes beginning at 5pm. And If you’re looking for something super special, the ice skating rink at the Irvine Spectrum Center is available for group rentals and private parties this winter as well. 


Santa Ana Winter Village - Santa Ana

Now for the second year, this holiday tradition is back. Located right in the heart of Santa Ana, friends and families of all ages can enjoy an outdoor ice-skating rink, live entertainment, holiday shopping, local food trucks, and much more. Advance tickets are available for Santa Ana Winter Village and ice skating.

Surf City Winter Wonderland - Huntington Beach

Join in the fun where the ice meets the sand. Enjoy a day or night out with family and friends by skating to the sounds of crashing waves at the foot of the historic Huntington Beach Pier. Advance tickets are available for Surf City Winter Wonderland ice skating.  

Queen Mary Christmas - Long Beach

Deck the halls...and deck the decks! Set sail for holiday fun with Queen Mary as your backdrop. The True North Ice Skating Rink will have you skating around a 26-foot Christmas tree. Then you can enjoy holiday treats, drinks and decor aboard the historic ship.

We love celebrating the season on ice all over Orange County. With so many unique and festive backdrops to soak up the holiday spirit, it’s easy to see why holiday outdoor ice skating is fun for everyone! Now hop in your sleigh and get on your way to skate during the holiday season in Orange County.


The Ice Rink at Pasea Hotel & Spa - Huntington Beach

Another ice skating option right on the oceanfront. You don’t need to be a guest of the hotel to enjoy reserved firepit spots, theme nights like Mariah Carey tribute night, holiday cocktails and bites, and more holiday delights. Get all the details for Pasea Hotel & Spa ice skating in advance.

Rudolph’s Rink - Mission Viejo 

One week only at Santa’s Village at the Civic Center Plaza. All are welcome to sit back, relax, and take in the holiday ambiance whether you skate or not. 40-minute sessions begin on the hour. Rudolph’s Rink ice skating hours are limited, so be sure to check before you arrive.


Winter Fest OC - Costa Mesa

Come check out the winter wonderland transformation of the OC Fair & Event Center. Enjoy oversized holiday decor, more than a million lights, and endless opportunities for memory-making.

You’ll find the magic of the holiday season with past Winter Fest OC favorites as well as all-new activities! Activities include; North Pole Journey, ice skating under the stars, 150 foot long ice tubing slide, snowboard simulator, carnival thrills, food and drinks, holiday market,  photo ops., and so much more! Advance tickets are encouraged for Winter Fest OC ice skating and other activities.