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12 Places to Experience Classic Winter in Los Angeles

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Los Angeles's winter weather is never going to be enough to make it snow in Fairfax or freeze the water in that pee-pee fountain in Pershing Square, but if the City of Illusions wants a traditional, White Christmas kind of winter, it's going to get it. Here we've rounded up spots from Valencia to Long Beach to Downtown where snow will fall, ice skaters will ice skate with various degrees of gracefulness, and children will learn to ice fish—all those things that people in the movies do in winter. Enjoy.

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1. The Grove

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189 The Grove Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 900-8080
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White stuff falls from the sky every night at 7 and 8 pm through Christmas Eve at the Grove. Listen carefully and maybe catch Rick Caruso in the wings, whispering "Let it snow." (Not true.)

2. Pershing Square

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532 S Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

Lace up those skates and glide/stumble across the ice at the Pershing Square outdoor rink through January 19. (They're also open on holidays.)

3. The Rink in Downtown Burbank

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East Orange Grove Avenue
Burbank, CA

Running until January 19, this outdoor rink features a few jolly theme nights like Ugly Sweater Mondays, ’80s Night Wednesdays, and Thursday Night Fever.

4. Kidspace Children's Museum

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480 N. Arroyo Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91103
(626) 449-9144
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Kidspace will have snow days December 26 through 30, with real snow, ice fishing, experiments with dry ice, and an "Igloo Village."

5. Westfield Promenade

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6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA 91367
(818) 594-8740
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Woodland Hills Ice is open through January 19 and until 11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

6. Ice Station Valencia

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27745 Smyth Dr
Valencia, CA 91355

This ice rink has three (fake) snow days coming up on the afternoons of December 21, 24, and 28. On those days, there are also free beginning ice skating lessons.

7. ICE at Santa Monica

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1324 5th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401
(310) 461-8333
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Ice skate here through Martin Luther King Day.

8. The Americana at Brand

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889 Americana Way.
Glendale, CA 91210
(818) 637-8982
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It snows at the Americana at 7 and 8 pm through December 25.

9. The Lakes at Thousand Oaks

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2200 Thousand Oaks Blvd
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
(805) 497-9861
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The Lakes is open for skating every day between now and January 19, including Christmas and New Year's Eve and Day.

10. Universal Studios Hollywood

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100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91602
(800) 864-8377
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Universal has a bevy of Christmas/winter activities with its Grinchmas, including regular snowfall at CityWalk, through January 3.

11. Nokia Plaza

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777 Chick Hearn Ct
Los Angeles, CA 90015
(213) 763-6030
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The LA Kings Holiday Ice skating rink is open through December 31 (at midnight!)

12. The Queen Mary

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1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802

The Queen Mary has an igloo full of over 2 million pounds of sculptures, plus an ice rink and an icy mountain for tubing. It's open through January 4, then again from January 8 to 11.

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1. The Grove

189 The Grove Dr, Los Angeles, CA 90036

White stuff falls from the sky every night at 7 and 8 pm through Christmas Eve at the Grove. Listen carefully and maybe catch Rick Caruso in the wings, whispering "Let it snow." (Not true.)

189 The Grove Dr
Los Angeles, CA 90036

2. Pershing Square

532 S Olive St., Los Angeles, CA 90013

Lace up those skates and glide/stumble across the ice at the Pershing Square outdoor rink through January 19. (They're also open on holidays.)

532 S Olive St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

3. The Rink in Downtown Burbank

East Orange Grove Avenue, Burbank, CA

Running until January 19, this outdoor rink features a few jolly theme nights like Ugly Sweater Mondays, ’80s Night Wednesdays, and Thursday Night Fever.

East Orange Grove Avenue
Burbank, CA

4. Kidspace Children's Museum

480 N. Arroyo Blvd., Pasadena, CA 91103

Kidspace will have snow days December 26 through 30, with real snow, ice fishing, experiments with dry ice, and an "Igloo Village."

480 N. Arroyo Blvd.
Pasadena, CA 91103

5. Westfield Promenade

6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91367

Woodland Hills Ice is open through January 19 and until 11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.

6100 Topanga Canyon Blvd.
Woodland Hills, CA 91367

6. Ice Station Valencia

27745 Smyth Dr, Valencia, CA 91355

This ice rink has three (fake) snow days coming up on the afternoons of December 21, 24, and 28. On those days, there are also free beginning ice skating lessons.

27745 Smyth Dr
Valencia, CA 91355

7. ICE at Santa Monica

1324 5th Street, Santa Monica, CA 90401

Ice skate here through Martin Luther King Day.

1324 5th Street
Santa Monica, CA 90401

8. The Americana at Brand

889 Americana Way., Glendale, CA 91210

It snows at the Americana at 7 and 8 pm through December 25.

889 Americana Way.
Glendale, CA 91210

9. The Lakes at Thousand Oaks

2200 Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

The Lakes is open for skating every day between now and January 19, including Christmas and New Year's Eve and Day.

2200 Thousand Oaks Blvd
Thousand Oaks, CA 91362

10. Universal Studios Hollywood

100 Universal City Plaza, Universal City, CA 91602

Universal has a bevy of Christmas/winter activities with its Grinchmas, including regular snowfall at CityWalk, through January 3.

100 Universal City Plaza
Universal City, CA 91602

11. Nokia Plaza

777 Chick Hearn Ct, Los Angeles, CA 90015

The LA Kings Holiday Ice skating rink is open through December 31 (at midnight!)

777 Chick Hearn Ct
Los Angeles, CA 90015

12. The Queen Mary

1126 Queens Hwy, Long Beach, CA 90802

The Queen Mary has an igloo full of over 2 million pounds of sculptures, plus an ice rink and an icy mountain for tubing. It's open through January 4, then again from January 8 to 11.

1126 Queens Hwy
Long Beach, CA 90802