Randy Gardner opens ICE at Santa Monica


Your East Coast friends may not believe it, but in Santa Monica it is possible to ice skate in short sleeves.

The ever-popular ICE at Santa Monica returns on Sunday, Nov. 1, and stays open through Jan. 18.

But those who wish to start the season in style can wait for the official grand opening ceremony on Thursday, Nov. 5.  That’s when former World Figure Skating Champion Randy Gardner will break the ice with a special performance, followed by a free skate session with falling faux snow and special music mixed for the occasion.

Skaters can enjoy free bites by Holy Cow BBQ, P.F. Chang’s, See’s Candy, PlanetSmoothie and Yogurtland before decorating cookies or piling into an interactive photo-booth with friends.

Those looking to hone their inner Michelle Kwan can sign up for group or solo classes with Randy Gardner’s School of Skating ($30 to $60) throughout the winter season.

— Christina Campodonico

The grand opening celebration happens from 6 to 10 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 5, at 1324 5th St., Santa Monica. Call (310) 260-1199 or visit ice-atsantamonica.com.

ICE at Santa Monica is also open from 2 to 10 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 2 p.m. to midnight on Fridays, 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturdays and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sundays from Nov. 1 to Jan. 18. $15 includes skate rentals and unlimited skating for the day.