Love it or hate it, the holiday season has officially begun. And few outdoor activities say the holidays more than a crisp day on an outdoor rink. So, with holiday ice rinks having popped up all over the Bay Area, we put together a short list of places you can lace up those skates in hopes that you’ll be able to partake in a seasonal tradition.
Located in the heart of Union Square in San Francisco, the ice rink is open until January 20th. Open daily from 10am – 11:30pm. 90-minute sessions start at every even hour. Polar Bear Skate on January 1st. The ice rink is also available for private party bookings.
The Embarcadero Center rink is the largest outdoor skating rink in San Francisco. Located at Embarcadero Plaza in San Francisco, the ice rink is opened through January 5th. 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.
Winter Park at Civic Center showcases a number of special events on the ice; including themed dance and skate parties… Winter Park is “a central gathering place for Bay Area families to enjoy unique holiday experiences, with the incomparable backdrop of San Francisco’s City Hall.” Phil Ginsburg, General Manager of the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department is “excited to welcome this festive new attraction to provide an inclusive, accessible addition to the cultural landscape at Civic Center.”
Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice in San Jose through January 12th
at between Fairmont and SJ Museum of Art in San Jose
Tickets: $18 Adults, $15 for 10 & under, seniors and members of the military / Get Season Pass
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. Hours vary: Mon-Thu 5pm – 9pm, Fri 5pm – 12midnight, Sat 12noon – 12midnight, Sun 12noon – 9pm.
Outdoor picnic tables and fire pits provide a unique setting to skate – a family tradition since 1956.
The Bay Area’s largest outdoor ice skating rink.
Outdoor ice skating in Santa Clara’s Central Park.
A little more to do at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk.