It’s time again for Angelenos to embrace what those on the Eastern seaboard cannot – ice-skating in short sleeves! The corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue in Downtown Santa Monica is frosting over on Nov. 1 with the return of ICE at Santa Monica, the Westside’s premier ice-skating venue and holiday gathering spot. Operated by Downtown Santa Monica, Inc., the rink will open its 8,000 square feet of real ice to all ages from Nov. 1, 2015 through Jan. 18, 2016.

To ring in the skate season, ICE at Santa Monica will celebrate with a grand opening on Nov. 1 from 6:00 -10:00 p.m. The event is completely open and free to the public, and skaters of all sizes and skillsets will enjoy complimentary bites and treats from Holy Cow BBQ, P.F. Chang’s, See’s Candy, PlanetSmoothie, and Yogurtland. An elite performance choreographed by World Figure Skating Champion Randy Gardner will break the ice before the rink opens up with a free skate session graced by swirling faux snowfall and DJ jams. Guests, family and friends can get crafty with a cookie decorating station, an interactive wintry-themed photo-booth, and mobile screen-printing activations.

The 2014-15 season attracted over 58,000 skaters to the rink and 150 birthday celebrations to the cabanas that line the perimeter, which are also available for private events and holiday gatherings. For those looking to up their technique, lessons are available through the Randy Gardner’s School of Skating.

– Daily Press Staff

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