Los Angeles is not generally a place that you associate with ice, unless it’s the kind you drop into a lychee martini. But with the holidays approaching, the city is getting ready to put on the chill with two festive ice rinks. On Nov. 10 the Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square in downtown LA opens with its 19th season. Through Jan. 16, skaters can glide amid the skyscrapers and historic landmarks of this booming urban neighborhood. Special events include the Ice Breaker: Opening Celebration; DJ Spotlight Series; Polar Bear Skate; Learn to Curl; and its first-ever Silent Night Skate Party. The 7,200-square-foot rink welcomes a half-million skaters and spectators annually. Group rates and private parties are available. For more info, visit wholidayicerinkdowntownla.com or call 213.624.4289.

Across town, ICE at Santa Monica launches its 10th season on Nov. 3. ICE will celebrate the milestone of a decade of ice-skating escapades in downtown Santa Monica with a free Grand Opening Birthday Party on Nov. 10. The evening’s festivities will include skaters of all sizes, fathering around a colossal birthday cake, baked to serve 300 and styled after the rink itself. This year the 8,000-square-foot rink introduces ICE Grooves, a music-themed skate party each Thursday night with themes that include Disco Fever, Old School Hip Hop, Motown Funk, Latin World and Indie Rock. Lessons are available, as well as private events in the cabanas that line the perimeter of the rink. For more information, visit downtownsm.com/ice-at-santa-monica or call 310.260.1199.

The Shay, a Destination by Hyatt hotel, in the Culver City neighborhood is opening its doors.

This marks the Los Angeles debut of the Destination by Hyatt brand, a diverse collection of independent hotels and resorts, with each property embodying the spirit of its location. For the 148-room Shay that means pop-up shops in the lobby, a lobby fire pit, rooftop socials on a pool deck that offers views of downtown.


After many delays and budget overruns, the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures has finally opened. It’s a blockbuster, with enough dazzle, beauty and innovation to, arguably, justify its $484 million cost. And, in good news for meeting planners, the event space here is gorgeous!


Enoteca 5, an intimate new wine bar in LA’a Pacific Palisades neighborhood, is perfectly aligned with a comfortable return to gathering. The wine bar itself seats 8, with additional indoor tables for a dozen more and an outdoor patio that can accommodate 10 at a long narrow table, making for a very festive party for 30.  If you’re planning a larger gathering, you can take over the adjoining Cinque Terra WEST restaurant and patio, a longtime beloved community spot, for a total capacity of 90.