Where to Ice Skate Around the Bay Area
Downtown Ice – Ice skating under the stars (and the palm trees) in downtown San Jose. Nov. 18-Jan. 16. See website for hours. $15-17 including skate rental. Circle of Palms, 120 S. Market St. downtownicesj.com.
Ice Center Cupertino – Year-round frozen fun at Vallco Shopping Center. See website for public skating hours. $12 including skate rental. 10123 N. Wolfe Rd. 408-446-2906. icecenter.net.
Nazareth Ice Oasis – Celebrate the holidays by skating at this indoor, year-round ice rink. See website for public skating schedule. $10; skate rental $2. 3140 Bay Road, Redwood City. 650-364-8090. iceoasis.com.
Sharks Ice at San Jose – Large indoor rink with daily public skating hours. Bring the little ones to bucket sessions for extra stability on the ice. See website for public skating hours. $6.50-10.50; skate rental $4.50. 1500 S. Tenth St. 408-279-6000. sharksiceatsanjose.com.
Winter Lodge – Outdoor skating fun from September through mid-April in Palo Alto. See website for public and family skating hours. $11; skate rental $5. 3009 Middlefield Road. 650-493-4566. winterlodge.com.
Marin on Ice – Marin’s only real outdoor ice skating rink features 6,400-square-feet of ice. Open daily Nov. 11-Jan. 16. Check website for hours. $15 per person for all-day skating with skate rental. Northgate Mall, Oak Tree Plaza, 5800 Northgate Drive, San Rafael. 707-287-4825. onicerinks.com.
Holiday Ice Rink – Skate under the sun and stars along the beautiful waterfront. Nov. 2-Jan. 8. 10am-9:30pm, Sun.-Thu.; 10am-11:30pm Fri.-Sat. 90-minute sessions start at every hour. $11 general, under 9 $8; skate rental $5. Justin Herman Plaza, 4 Embarcadero Center. 415-837-1931. embarcaderocenter.com.
Union Square Ice Rink – Skating in the heart of Union Square. Opens Nov. 2. 10am-11:30pm daily. 90-minute sessions start on every even hour. $11 general, under 9 $7; skate rental $6. Powell and Post streets. 415-781-2688. unionsquareicerink.com.
Nazareth Ice Oasis – Celebrate the holidays at this year-round indoor ice rink. See website for schedule. Call for costs. 3140 Bay Road, Redwood City. 650-364-8090. iceoasis.com.
San Mateo on Ice – This outdoor rink features 9,000 square feet of real ice. Open daily Nov. 9-Jan. 8. Check website for hours. $15 per person for all-day skating with skate rental. Central Park, 50 E. Fifth Ave. 707-287-4825. onicerinks.com.
Iceland Family Night – Come to a family skating session each Tue. evening at Dublin Iceland for all ages to practice their moves on the ice at a special rate. 7:45-9pm. $7, includes skate rental. 7212 San Ramon Road. 925-829-4445. dubliniceland.com.
The Little Ice Rink – All levels of skating ability can feel comfortable with 4,100 square feet of ice skating bliss through Jan. 8. Mon.-Fri., 3-10pm; Sat. and Sun., 10am-10pm. $17 ages 9 and up, $13 ages 8 and under, including skates. South Shore Center, 523 South Shore Center, Alameda. 510-629-1423. thelittleicerink.com.
Oakland Ice Center – Bring your family and friends to get moving on the ice at a public open skate, offered multiple times daily throughout each month. Check website for times and dates. $10.50 ages 13 and older, $9 ages 12 and under; $4.50 skate rental. 519 18th St., Oakland. 510-268-9000. oaklandice.com.
Contra Costa County
Walnut Creek on Ice – Skaters can kick off the winter season in a partially enclosed ice rink for all ages and skills in downtown Walnut Creek from Nov. 11-Jan. 18. Mon-Thu., 12-8pm; Fri. and Sat., 11am-11pm; Sun., 11am-9pm. $12-15 per person, includes skate rental. Civic Park, 1375 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. 925-935-7669. iceskatewalnutcreek.com.
Downtown Holiday Ice – Cruise along a 50-by-80-foot ice rink on your skates when Martinez brings back this seasonal event Nov. 19-Jan. 8. Check website for daily schedule. $10-$15. Downtown Martinez, Marina Vista Avenue and Ferry Street. 925-228-3577. downtownholidayice.com.
Vacaville Ice Sports – Take a glide on the ice when you head to a public skating session, held daily throughout the month at varying times. Check website. $10-13 adults, $8-10 ages 12 and under. 551 Davis St., Vacaville. 707-455-0225. vacavilleicesport.com.