Ice Presented by Plaza at Santa Monica returns November 1, 2019

Every holiday season Downtown Santa Monica brings a little ice to our beachside community, transforming the corner of Fifth Street and Arizona Avenue into the winter wonderland known as Ice at Santa Monica, an 8,000-square-foot ice-skating rink.


Don't know how to skate? No worries. You can book private or group skating lessons with the Randy Gardner School of Skating. Want to host a birthday party for the little ones? We have you covered with party cabanas and catering options.


The Ice season runs November 1, 2019 to January 20, 2020.

Skate Rental & All-Day Admission: $15  

Locker Rentals: $5 


General Hours of Operation 


Monday — Thursday 

2 p.m. — 10 p.m. 



2 p.m. — Midnight 



10 a.m. — Midnight 



10 a.m. — 10 p.m. 


Ice at Santa Monica is located at 1324 Fifth St. in Downtown Santa Monica. For more information call the Ice team at 310.260.1199. 


New this year: Ice Breakers presented by the Plaza at Santa Monica

Every Sunday from November 10, 2019 to January 19, 2020 enjoy free musical performances that will have the whole family on their feet and feeling the groove.


Join us for the Community Grand Opening Celebration of Ice at Santa Monica 

Thursday, November 7, 2019


Enjoy a family-friendly fun evening featuring free skating, food samplings from local eateries, live music, and ice-skating performances. This is event is free and open to the public. 


Please click here for our full Winterlit calendar of events. 





Ice at Santa Monica is an outdoor ice rink and as such is subject to weather conditions we cannot predict. The ice rink will operate if it rains, but will close should conditions become dangerous to skaters or staff. All ticket sales are final and there are no refunds on purchased tickets due to rain or other weather-related circumstances or said conditions' impact on the skating surface or overall experience.



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Randy Gardner

Creator of the Randy Gardner School of Skating; published writer; motivational speaker; and filmmaker. Champion pair skater with Tai Babilonia; 5-time U.S. Pair Champion; World Champion; 2-time Olympian; World Professional Champion; and inducted into the U.S. Figure Skating Hall of Fame.

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Sharon Carz

Highly motivated figure skating professional with extensive competitive and professional experience on ice and synthetic ice in individuals, pairs and hockey. Former competitive member of the 1990 United States World Figure Skating Team. Gold Medalist in pairs, freestyle, ice dancing and figures.

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Lisa Capri

Lisa has been part of Ice at Santa Monica coaching staff since its inception. She learned to skate on her backyard frozen pond at the age of 3. A seasoned coach for over two decades, Lisa has extensive experience working with all ages and abilities, including English language learners and those with special needs. A platinum level competitor, highlights include: National Showcase Master Junior Silver Medallist; 3-time ISI World Champion and 4-time Southwest competitor. Still actively training and competing, she has worked under the tutelage of founder Randy Gardner for over a decade.

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Jennifer Don

Jennifer Don is a National, International, and World Junior Medalist in singles and pairs. Career highlights include World Junior Bronze medalist in pairs, U.S. National Collegiate Champion in singles; and National Champion of Taiwan in singles. She holds a place in skating trivia for being the first woman to ever win a competition under the current IJS points judging system. Jennifer continues to performs in shows all over the world, often on plastic/synthetic ice. Jennifer is a triple gold medalist and has coached for 15 years and CER certified. She has taught all levels of skating, from beginners to competitive athletes at the junior national level. Jennifer has a bachelor's of arts from UCLA and has held an elected position as a member of the Athlete Advisory Committee for U.S. Figure Skating. 

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Jacqueline Stemmer

Jackie fell in love with figure skating at the age of 3 and has always been extremely passionate about the sport. Jackie has over 20 years of skating experience as a former USFS and ISI competitive skater, and has skated in a variety of shows. Jackie is a trained dancer and has extensive knowledge of sports conditioning, on and off-ice, and is certified in physical fitness. She offers power-stoking instruction specifically designed to enhance strength and endurance both for hockey and figure skaters. Her love of the sport and creative approach allows her to provide personalized instruction with an emphasis on beginner, intermediate and advanced skaters, ranging in age from toddlers to adults. In addition, Jackie is a certified gold-level judge with ISI, and a member of USFS, PSA and ISI.

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Ethan Burgess

Ethan Burgess is 6-time National Medalist and a 2-time National Champion in pairs figure skating. He was the lead skating double in the Hollywood movie "Blades of Glory", and the runner up finisher on the ABC television show "Skating with the Stars" with celebrity partner Bethenny Frankel. Over the past 15 years, Ethan has been coaching a wide variety of skaters and for the last 10 years, he has been a strength and conditioning coach training thousands of clients from non-athletes all the way up to Olympic medalists.   Combining his passion for figure skating and for physical development, Ethan started the online fitness coaching company, Olio.Fit. and is excited to share his years of experience to help improve your skating and fitness with fun, exciting lessons and online workouts tailored to meet your goals and unique physical needs.

Randy Gardner School of Skating is offering group skating classes for all levels of skaters.


For the beginner, learn forward and backward skating, two-foot glides, curves, balance over the skates for safe and comfortable progression across the ice and basic coordination to give the feel of accomplishment and freedom while skating. 


For the slightly more advanced recreational skater, learn how to go faster on the ice, turn from front to back with ease, basic stops, edges, two-foot or one-foot turns and basic fundamentals for a safe and enjoyable time on the ice.

Select the Sunday you want and coaches will place you in the appropriate class based on your skill level. 



9 a.m. — 9:30 a.m.