They don’t have views like this at Rockefeller Center.

Rancho Palos Verdes will launch its first “Seaside Skating” with an evening of ice skating and a tree-lighting ceremony on Friday, December 3 at the city’s Civic Center.

But your chance to step into ice skates and enjoy a classic winter tradition while overlooking the ocean will continue until the end of the year.

Adding the new vacation activity, Rancho Palos Verdes has joined other coastal towns to set up synthetic ice rinks in locations with ocean views. Hermosa Beach set up an ice rink on its Pier Plaza for a Hermosa for the Holidays event last month. At Huntington Beach, a A 4,100 square foot ice rink will be open until January 2.

“We are delighted,” said Mayor Eric Alegria, “to be able to offer this fun and festive activity to the community this holiday season. “

  • Seaside Skating, featuring ice skating and a tree opening ceremony, kicks off Friday, December 3, along with other holiday festivities, at the Rancho Palos Verdes Civic Center. Ice skating will continue until December. Teams begin work on the synthetic rink on December 1 (photo by Michael Hixon)

  • Seaside Skating, featuring ice skating and a tree opening ceremony, kicks off Friday, December 3, along with other holiday festivities, at the Rancho Palos Verdes Civic Center. Ice skating will continue until December. Teams begin work on the synthetic rink on December 1 (photo by Michael Hixon)

  • Seaside Skating, featuring ice skating and a tree opening ceremony, kicks off Friday, December 3, along with other holiday festivities, at the Rancho Palos Verdes Civic Center. Ice skating will continue until December. Teams start work on the synthetic rink on December 1 (photo by Michael Hixon)

  • Seaside Skating, featuring ice skating and a tree opening ceremony, kicks off Friday, December 3, along with other holiday festivities, at the Rancho Palos Verdes Civic Center. Ice skating will continue until December. Teams begin work on the synthetic rink on December 1 (photo by Michael Hixon)

  • Seaside Skating, featuring ice skating and a tree opening ceremony, kicks off Friday, December 3, along with other holiday festivities, at the Rancho Palos Verdes Civic Center. Ice skating will continue until December. Teams begin work on the synthetic rink on December 1 (photo by Michael Hixon)

RPV’s opening night, 5 to 8 p.m., will also include a flag ceremony, holiday music, food and crafts. Reservations are required on Friday evening for ice skating.

Cory Linder, RPV’s director of recreation and parks, said other events this year, such as Concerts in the Park, Movies in the Park and Trunk or Treat in October, had such a “fantastic turnout” that the city ​​wanted to continue its momentum with new events for the holidays.

“It’s another way to get people out,” Linder said, “and it’s an active way to do it.”

Skate reservations are available Friday through Sunday through December 31st, except Christmas weekend. Theme skate nights include “Frozen” on December 12, Teen Skate on December 17, the ’80s on December 18, Ugly Sweater on December 27, and “Disco Fever” on New Years Eve.

Reservations are strongly recommended for the 30 minute sessions, which cost $ 10. Reservations must be made online at least 12 hours in advance. Skates are provided. Availability without an appointment is limited.

Regular skating hours are 1 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Civic Center, 30940 Hawthorne Blvd.

To book or for more information: rpvca.gov/skate.

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