How wide is the space, or long is the time, rather, between Halloween and the holidays?
There's an actual measurable answer to that question, and it is factually and actually this: Fourteen hours.
What to do, where to go and what to see
For once the ice rinks skate into Southern California, you can pretty much say that, yeah, a certain peppermint-scented, jingle-lingle-ding joy has officially kicked off 'round the region.
Or glided off, if you prefer, to use the parlanace of ice skaters.
And the gliding shall commence, in enthusiastic earnest, at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1 at the corner of Fifth Street and Arizona Avenue in Santa Monica. Which means that you could almost, allllmost go ice skating while wearing your Halloween costume, if you've still got it on or you left it somewhere handy, like the top of the hamper.
The 8,000-square-foot rink, which is just a few short blocks from the beach (as its Fifth Street location would suggest), will be open through Monday, Jan. 15, 2018.
While Ice opens on Nov. 1, note that the Grand Opening will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 8 in the evening. Show with a gift for the Santa Monica Police Activities League's Best Gift Ever Toy Drive, if you do attend, because that is a nice thing to do.
Oh, and on that special night? "...ENJOY free ice skating," if free fun things are among your interests.
As for what'll be around to nosh on? You've got to keep your energy up, skaters: Look for "...delicious food from local restaurants, plus captivating performances by some of figure skating's most elite athletes."