Holiday season means many things in the Bay Area – lights, Christmas trees, decorations, shopping – and the wonders of nature with holiday ice rinks popping up in the Bay Area. Here are some of the spots to lace up those skates.
Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center – Located at Justin Herman Plaza in San Francisco, the ice rink is opened through January 3. The rink is open Sunday-Thursday from 10am – 9:30pm and Friday and Saturday from 10am – 11:30pm. 90-minute sessions start at every even hour. Private party booking is also available. Admission is between $6 – $11 and skate rental costs $5.
Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square – Located in the heart of Union Square in San Francisco, the ice rink is open until January 18. Open daily from 10am – 10pm. 90-minute sessions start at every even hour. The ice rink is also available for private party bookings. General admission is $7 – $11 and skate rental is $6. The skate rental is free on most Wednesdays. Purchase tickets online.
The Little Ice Rink at Alameda South Shore Center – Located in Alameda, the ice rink is opened through January 18, 2016. The rink is open Monday-Thursday from 3pm – 10pm and Friday – Saturday from 12noon – 10pm. Admission is between $12 -$16, price includes skate rental.
San Jose Downtown Ice – Located in the heart of Downtown San Jose, the ice rink offers those in the South Bay a chance to skate in the center of the hustle and bustle of downtown San Jose. The rink is open through Feburary 7 – Super Bowl Week. Hours vary, but the rink is open most weekend nights until midnight. Admission is $15 for those 11 and older, $13 for children 10 and younger (admission includes ice time and rental skates).
Walnut Creek On Ice – Open through January 3. the Walnut Creek Ice Rink, located within Civic Park, offers a perfect East Bay location to skate outdoors. Hours are Monday-Thursday, 12noon – 8pm, Friday 12noon – 11pm, Saturday 11am – 11pm, and Sunday from 11am – 8pm. Admission is $11-15. Tuesday is Family night, $30 for a family of four from 5pm – 8pm.
This article was originally written in 2013 by Keith Mizuguchi; updated by SF Station Staff in 2015.