Where to Ice Skate Around the Bay Area

Here are some great spots to take the kids ice skating in 2018.

Silicon Valley

Boardwalk Holiday IceThe Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk turns its beachside entertainment venue into a winter wonderland with an ice skating rink to maximize holiday fun. Nov. 17-Jan. 26. See website for hours. $14.95 per hour with skate rental. 400 Beach St.

Downtown Ice Ice skating under the stars (and the palm trees) in downtown San Jose. Nov. 16-Jan. 26. See website for hours. $15-17 with skate rental. Circle of Palms, 120 South Market St.

Gilroy Gardens Holiday at NightIce skating is on the menu all month as this children’s theme park celebrates the holidays. Dec. 1-2, 7-9, 14-23 and 26-30. 4-9pm. Dec. 31. 4pm-12am. $20-25. 3050 Hecker Pass Highway.

Ice Center Cupertino Year-round skating fun at Vallco Shopping Center. See website for hours. $14 with skate rental. 10123 N. Wolfe Road. .

Santa Clara Ice Outdoor skating in Central Park with public skating and lessons available. Nov. 20-Jan. 15. $10-15, ages 3 and under FREE. 969 Kiely Blvd.

Solar4America Ice at San Jose The official practice rink for the San Jose Sharks has daily public skating hours. See website for hours. $8-12, plus $5 skate rental. 1500 S. Tenth St.

WinterFest Enjoy the season at this month-long celebration that includes ice skating in front of the iconic carousel. Select days Nov. 23-Dec. 31. See website for hours. Included with admission of $26 and up. 4701 Great America Parkway, Santa Clara.

Winter Lodge Outdoor skating fun from Sept. through mid-April in Palo Alto. See website for hours. $12, plus $5 skate rental. 3009 Middlefield Road.

San Francisco

California Academy of Sciences Holiday Ice Rink – Enjoy science and skating in the same day. Nov. 16-Jan. 6. Check website for times and costs. Golden Gate Park, 55 Music Concourse Drive. 415-379-8000. . 

Holiday Ice RinkBilled as one of the largest outdoor ice rinks in the Bay Area, this facility is surrounded by shops and restaurants. Opens Nov. 5. 10am-9:30pm Sun.-Thu. 10am-11:30pm Fri.-Sat. $12 general, $7 under age 9; skate rental $5. Embarcadero 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’s season kicks off Wed., Nov. 7 at 9:30am with local celebrities and festivities. Rink is open daily 10am-11:30pm through Jan. 21. $18 adults, $13 children under 9, including skate rental. 333 Post St. 415-781-2688.

Winter Park at Civic CenterThis new rink modeled after the internationally famous Wiener Eistraum in Vienna will have daily open skate sessions plus themed dance and skate parties, a first responders’ celebration, a family-friendly drag queen event and more. Nov. 30-Jan. 6. 12-10pm daily. $20 adults, $15 under 9. Civic Center.


Nazareth Ice Oasis This year-round rink offers public skate sessions, a skating school and adult and youth hockey. Check website for hours; call for prices. 3140 Bay Road, Redwood City. 650-364-8090. .

Nazareth Ice Oasis San Mateo This year-round rink has public skating hours, lessons and adult and youth hockey. Check website for hours; call for prices. 2202 Bridgepoint Parkway. 650-574-6033. .

San Mateo on IceThis outdoor rink features 9,000 square feet of real ice. Open Nov. 10-Jan. 13. Check website for hours. $15 per person, including skate rental. Central Park, 50 E. Fifth Ave., San Mateo. 707-253-1324.


NorCal IceFormerly known as Marin On Ice, this rink is under new ownership. Nov. 7-Jan. 21. 2-9pm Mon.-Fri., 11am-10pm Sat.-Sun. $15, including skate rental. Northgate Mall, Oak Tree Plaza, 5800 Northgate Drive, San Rafael. 415-640-9570.

East Bay

Alameda County

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. $8 each skater, includes skate rental. Dublin Iceland, 7212 San Ramon Road. 925-829-4445.

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/dates. $12 ages 13 and older, $11 ages 12 and under; $5 skate rental. 519 18th St., Oakland. 510-268-9000.

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

Contra Costa County

Downtown Holiday Ice Cruise along a 50-by-80-foot ice rink on your skates when Martinez brings back this seasonal affair Nov. 17-Jan. 6, featuring regular hours and special events. Check website for hours and prices. Marina Vista Avenue and Ferry Street. 925-228-3577.

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. 9-Jan. 21. 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. $12-15 adults, $10-13 ages 12 and under. 551 Davis St., Vacaville. 707-455-0225. 

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