How do you experience the taste of winter without the bite? You can start by strapping on your skates for The LA Kings Holiday Ice at Nokia Plaza. The L.A. LIVE outdoor skating rink is one of a handful of spots around the city that is turning down the heat to turn up the fun this holiday season. From the heart of Downtown L.A. to a hotel’s backyard, we found six places to hit the ice between now and the new year. With a piping cup of hot cocoa in hand, there’s no better way to spend a Los Angeles winter evening.

LA Kings Holiday Ice: Nokia Plaza
Nov. 24 – Dec. 16 for two sessions daily
Dec. 17 – Jan. 2 for two sessions daily

Make your night complete with Supper & Skate, ice skating paired with a prix-fixe dinner at a participating L.A. LIVE restaurant (normally $30 for adults, $20 for kids).

Admission, including skate rental, is $13.00 per person, with special rates for groups, kids, military, and seniors.

ICE at Santa Monica
Santa Monica
Nov. 2nd – Jan. 21 

Downtown Santa Monica transforms the corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue into ICE at Santa Monica, a premier outdoor ice skating rink encircled by twinkling lights just steps from Third Street Promenade.

Admission and skate rental is $12

Culver City Holiday Ice Rink
Culver City
Nov. 20 – Jan. 7, for one hour sessions

Be sure to go during the annual Downtown Tree Lighting Ceremony on December 6 at the Town Plaza for even more festivity and performances by local choirs.

Admission $10 for adults, kids $6, skate rental $4

Downtown on Ice, Pershing Square
Now through Jan. 21

Come celebrate the rink’s 15th season at L.A.’s biggest outdoor rink with the smallest admission price.

Admission $6, skate rental $2

The Rink at Hyatt Regency Century Plaza
November 15th to January 3rd. 2013
Monday – Friday 3 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

This 3,000 square foot rink is an eco-friendly model which guests like to cap off with the hotel’s signature bread pudding.

Admission $10/hour or $20 for a full day pass, guests skate for free

The Lakes Holiday Ice Rink
Thousand Oaks
Now through Jan. 21

Just steps from shopping, dining, and entertainment at the Civic Arts Center, this rink is built over the lake for a dramatic effect.

General Admission $9, skate rental $4

Photo: Taken by The Agency’s Billy Rose on Christmas Day 2011.