Pershing Square ice rink opens this week to warmer weather
Snoopy will make an appearance at this year's opening ceremony for the Downtown ice rink.
DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — The Pershing Square ice rink will open this week for its 15th year of hosting ice skating in the middle of downtown L.A. Starting this Thursday, the rink, located across the street from the Biltmore Hotel, will be open every day of the week for the next two months.
In typical L.A. winter form, the rink's debut coincides with warm weather -- as temperatures are expected to creep up this week to the mid-to-high 70s. Officials say they aren't concerned with warming temperatures and everything will proceed as planned. By the weekend, the weather is expected to drop back into the 60s.
Skate season officially begins at 11 a.m. on Thursday with a kick-off event featuring celebrities including Snoopy from the Knott's Merry Farm show and two-time Olympic figure skater, Tai Babilonia.
Then on Saturday Dec. 8, there will be a festival at Pershing Square where the Downtown center is "transformed into a winter wonderland with 'make & take' children’s crafts, community youth performances, miniature train village, puppet shows, photo mementos, live concerts and more."
Other special events at the rink include a menorah lighting and Hanukkah party, and broomball championships.
There is also a series of lunchtime and weekend concerts that begin December 19 and include country, classic rock, reggae and even a Beatles tribute band called Eight Days a Week.
Skating hours are Monday through Thursday from noon until 10 p.m., and Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 10:00a.m. to 10:00 p.m. A one hour skate session costs $6 plus another $2 to rent skates.
From December 19 to January 2 the rink will host special extended hours going from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. every day. The rink will even be open on Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Years Day and Martin Luther King Day, but with slightly shortened hours.
The Pershing Square ice rink is sponsored by the L.A. City Department of Recreation & Parks along with City Councilman José Huizar. Although in recent years Downtown on Ice has had some competition from a new skate rink at L.A. Live, Pershing Square organizers aren't worried.
"We're the biggest and we're the best,"Jon Kirk Mukri, general manager of the Rec and Parks, told Blogdowntown in 2010.