Skate Away: Visit one of these top three spots to get your ice fix this holiday.

Sheridan Martinez

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 Summit Editor in Chief

With Christmas right around the corner, the holiday festivities are already kicking into full gear. If you’re looking for something to do, grab your friends and loved ones and go ice-skating. Here are my top three places to go ice-skating in San Diego.

UTC Ice Sports Center

This La Jolla rink is convenient for getting shopping on the same trip.

Located below the food court, UTC’s large ice rink is open year round. Prices are $12 for general admission, and $3 to rent ice skates. It’s open every day from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., except on Sundays, when the rink closes at 7 p.m. For more information, visit utcice.com.

Horton Plaza

Right in the heart of downtown San Diego, this rink has a nice open environment with pretty views. Only available during the holiday season, Sycaun’s Fantasy on Ice is open from Nov. 20 through Jan. 4. Prices are $14 for adult general admission, $12 for children and $40 for an all-access seasonal pass. It’s open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m., but closed for a half hour from 7:30 to 8 p.m. on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. It’s also closed on Thanksgiving and Christmas day. For more details, visit sdice.com/horton.

Joan Kroc Center

Located in La Mesa, this is a nice local ice rink, open year round. This site has a low $10 admission, including skate rental. It also has weekly specials like: $5 Wednesday Night Skating, $7 After School Skating, $7 Sundays and a $7 Group Rate. It’s open at various hours on Monday, Wednesdays and Friday. Also, on Dec. 17 students can donate an unwrapped toy at the toy drive and skate for free! For more info, visit kroccenter.org/ice-arena.

So keep these ice rinks in mind when searching for something fun to do, and have a fun, safe holiday season, Grossmont Griffins.