Where to Ice Skate Around the Bay Area

Silicon Valley

Boardwalk Holiday IceNew this year, ice skate by the beach at this covered outdoor pavilion. Nov. 11-Jan. 7. $12 for one hour of skating with skate rental. Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk, 400 Beach St. 

Downtown IceIce skate under the stars (and the palm trees) in downtown San Jose. Nov. 17-Jan. 15. See website for hours. $15-17 with skate rental, $10 without skate rental. Circle of Palms, 120 S. Market St. 

Ice Center Cupertino Year-round frozen fun at Vallco Shopping Center. See website for public skating hours. $13 including skate rental. 10123 N. Wolfe Rd. 408-446-2906. 

Nazareth Ice OasisCelebrate 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.

Santa Clara IceSkate outdoors in Central Park with public skating and lessons available. Nov. 20-Jan. 15. See website for prices. 969 Kiely Blvd. 

Sharks Ice at San Jose Enjoy this large indoor rink with daily public skating hours. Bring the little ones to bucket sessions for extra stability. See website for public skating hours. $7-11.50; skate rental $5. 1500 S. 10th St. 408-279-6000.

WinterFest Great America celebrates winter with a month-long celebration that includes ice skating in front of the iconic carousel. Nov. 24-26, Dec. 1-3, 8-10, 15-17, 19-23, 26-30. See website for times. Included with admission of $29.99. 4701 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara.

Winter Lodge Outdoor skating fun from Sept. through mid-April in Palo Alto. See website for public and family skating hours. $11; skate rental $5. 3009 Middlefield Rd. 650-493-4566.

SF, Marin & Peninsula


Marin On Ice – Marin’s only real outdoor ice skating rink features 6,400-square-feet of ice. Open Nov. 8-Jan. 7. Check website for hours. Tickets are $15 per person for all-day skating with skate rental. Northgate Mall, Oak Tree Plaza, 5800 Northgate Drive, San Rafael. 707-253-1324.

San Francisco

Holiday Ice Rink – Celebrating 31 years of holiday spirit, this rink bills itself as the largest outdoor rink in the Bay Area. Open Nov. 3-Jan. 7. Sun.-Thu.: 10am-9:30pm; Fri.-Sat.: 10am-11:30pm. Sessions begin on every even hour beginning at 10am and last 90 minutes. $12 general, $7 under 9, skate rental $5. Justin Herman Plaza, adjacent to Four Embarcadero Center and across from the Ferry Building. 415-837-1931. .

Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square – This popular rink is celebrating its 10th anniversary. The season kicks off Wed., Nov. 1 at 9:30am with an opening day ceremony followed by an all-day birthday celebration on Fri., Nov. 3, when skating is FREE. Flashback Friday is Nov. 10. Any person with a birthday between Nov. 3 and Jan. 15 with proof of ID will be given FREE admission and skate rental for their birthday. Rink is open daily 10am-11:30pm Nov. 1-Jan. 15. Regular admission is $18 for adults and $13 for children under 9, including skate rental. 333 Post St. 415-781-2688.

California Academy of Sciences Ice Rink  This new holiday ice rink in the East Garden is a feature of this year's annual 'Tis the Season for Science program. Nov. 22-Jan. 7. Check website for times. Tickets for 55-minute skating sessions are $12 and include skate rental. Sessions must be reserved online or at the museum on the day of the visit. 55 Muic Concourse Drive, Golden Gate Park. 415-379-8000. 


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. 

San Mateo on IceThis rink features 9,000-square-feet of real ice. Open daily Nov. 10-Jan. 15. Check website for hours. $15 per person, includes skate rental. No in-and-out privileges. Sessions start every even hour. Central Park, 50 E. Fifth Ave. 707-253-1324.

East Bay

Alameda County

Iceland Family Night Come to a family skating session each Tue. evening through Dec. 20 at Dublin Iceland for all ages to practice their moves on the ice at a special rate. 7:45-9pm. $7 each skater, includes skate rental. 7212 San Ramon Road, Dublin. 925-829-4445.

The Little Ice Rink All levels of ability can feel comfortable with 4,100 square feet of ice skating bliss returning for a fifth year at the South Shore Center. Nov. 3-Jan. 15. Mon.-Fri. 3-10pm, Sat. and Sun. 10am-10pm. $11-17 ages 9 and up, $7-13 ages 8 and under, $8 for Bobby The Seal skating aide. 523 South Shore Center, Alameda. 510-629-1423.

Oakland Ice Center Bring your family and friends to get gliding on the ice at a public open skate, offered multiple times daily throughout each month. Check website for times and dates. $11 ages 13 and older, $9.45 ages 12 and under; $4.75 skate rental. 519 18th St., Oakland. 510-268-9000.

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. 10-Jan. 15. 12-8pm Mon-Thu., 11am-11pm Fri. and Sat., 11am-9pm Sun. $12-15 per person, includes skate rental. Civic Park, 1375 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek. 925-935-7669.

Solano County

Vacaville Ice Sports Enjoy a year-round ice rink when you head to a public skating session, held daily throughout the month at varying times. Check website. $10-13 adults, $8-11 ages 12 and under. 551 Davis St., Vacaville. 707-455-0225. 


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