2 of 8Photo courtesy of The Gallivan Center; written by Jeremy Pugh
In the city
Gallivan Center, Salt Lake City
Skating on the old rink was like doing laps around a kiddie pool, but 2010's revamp made it 60 percent larger. A block north, check out the restaurants and shops getting ready for the March opening of the City Creek Center on Main Street.
The scene: Families and couples whirl around after downtown shopping.
The inside scoop: The rental shop has an Olympic-class sharpener that'll hone your blades to perfection for $5. Too hard-core? There's Uinta beer on tap and hot chocolate at Patterson's Pub.
3 of 8Photo by Thomas J. Story; written by Jennie Nunn
On the beach
Hotel Del Coronado, Near San Diego
Thousands of twinkling white lights give extra holiday spirit to this classic hotel's Windsor Lawn turned rink just steps from the ocean.
The scene: Newlyweds, families looking for blizzard-free winter vacations, and locals on date night.
The inside scoop: Warm up with a cup of hot cocoa at the Coffee by the Sea snack shack, mingle with fellow skaters near the massive Christmas tree (the world's first electrically lit outdoor tree, in 1904), or sing along to holiday music while you do laps around the rink.