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.Read More
12 Places to Experience Classic Winter in Los Angeles
1. The Grove
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.)
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2. Pershing Square
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
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
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
Woodland Hills Ice is open through January 19 and until 11 pm on Fridays and Saturdays.
6. Ice Station Valencia
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
Ice skate here through Martin Luther King Day.
8. The Americana at Brand
It snows at the Americana at 7 and 8 pm through December 25.
9. The Lakes at Thousand Oaks
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
Universal has a bevy of Christmas/winter activities with its Grinchmas, including regular snowfall at CityWalk, through January 3.
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11. Nokia Plaza
The LA Kings Holiday Ice skating rink is open through December 31 (at midnight!)
12. The Queen Mary
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.