Outdoor Ice Skating for the Holidays in San Francisco

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.


Union Square Ice Rink through January 20th
at Union Square in San Francisco
Tickets: $18 adults, $13 kids (includes skate rental)

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.



Holiday Ice Rink through January 5th
at Embarcadero Plaza, across from the Ferry Building
Tickets: $12 Adults, $7 Kids ($5 Skate Rental)

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 through January 5th
at Civic Center in San Francisco
Tickets: $18 Adults, $13 Kids (includes skate rental)

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.”

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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.



Napa on Ice through January 12th
at 575 3rd Street in Napa
Tickets: $14 (includes skate rental)



Winter Lodge in Palo Alto
at 3009 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto
Tickets: $15, $5 for skate rental – holiday skate hours end January 5th

Outdoor picnic tables and fire pits provide a unique setting to skate – a family tradition since 1956.



San Mateo on Ice through January 12th
at Central Park in San Mateo
Tickets: $17

The Bay Area’s largest outdoor ice skating rink.



Santa Clara on Ice through January 20th
at 969 Kiely Blvd. in Santa Clara
Tickets: $15 Adults, $10 Youth (includes skate rental) / $22 all day Adult, $15 all day Youth

Outdoor ice skating in Santa Clara’s Central Park.



Boardwalk Holiday Ice through January 5th
at Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
Tickets: $14.95

A little more to do at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk.



Ice at the Veranda through February 17th
at The Veranda Shopping Center in Concord
Tickets: $15 (includes skate rental – 90 minutes skate time), $50 for family pack (4 people)



Walnut Creek on Ice through January 20th
at Civic Park in Walnut Creek
Tickets: Mon-Thu & Fri before 5pm $13, Fri after 5pm, Sat & Sun $15



Winter Ice Rink in Sunnyvale through January 20th
at Redwood Square in Sunnyvale
Tickets: $13 for children 8 & under, $18 adults


  1. Walnut Creek on Ice is the best in the East Bay. It’s actually big enough to feel like a rink and they have lessons too. Right downtown for a great evening.

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