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Where to Ice Skate in the Bay | Winter 2018-19

Every outdoor and holiday ice rink in SF and the Bay – including two new ones for 2018
By - posted 12/10/2018 No Comment

It’s time to strap on those skates and head outdoors.

During the winter, there are tons of pop-up ice skating rinks in San Francisco and all throughout the Bay Area. Here’s our list of the biggest and best rinks.

If we missed any, please leave a comment below to let us know!

San Francisco


Union Square Ice Rink
– Dates: November 7 to January 21
– Where: Union Square, SF
– Cost: $18 adults, $13 kids (includes skate rental)
A San Francisco holiday tradition in the heart of Union Square in the shadow of an 83-foot Christmas Tree. Fun theme nights include Drag Queens on ice (12/6) and Polar Bear Skate (Jan 1)

Civic Center: Winter Park
– Dates: November 30 to January 6 – New for 2018
– Where: Civic Center, San Francisco
– Cost: $20 Adults, $5 Kids (includes skate rental)
Modeled after the internationally-famed Wiener Eistraum ice-skating rink in Vienna, this ice rink (brand new for 2018) also features a 400-foot skating track that weaves ice skating fun through a lighted tree forest.

Holiday Ice Rink at California Academy of Sciences
– Dates: November 16 to January 6
– Where: Golden Gate Park
– Cost: $10 for Academy members, $15 for general public
Give your brain a break with the only ice rink in Golden Gate Park with special NightLife skate sessions most Thursday nights for $10.”

Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero
– Dates: November 5 to January 6
– Where: Embarcadero Plaza, SF
– Cost: $12 Adults, $7 Kids ($5 Skate Rental)
Self-proclaimed “”largest outdoor ice rink”” in the Bay (though San Mateo may actually be bigger) celebrating three decades of sakting in SF.”

Yerba Buena Ice Skating (Indoors)
– Dates: Open Year Round
– Where: 750 Folsom St., SF
– Cost: $12.50 + $5.50 skate rental
San Francisco’s only year-round full-service ice skating facility with a large NHL-sized skating rink.

East Bay


Concord: Ice at the Veranda
– Dates: November 9 to February 18 – New for 2018
– Where: Concord
– Cost: $15 per person, $50 for family 4 pack
Brand new for 2018, this 3,500 sq. ft. rink with special midweek discounts on Tuesdays ($6 off) and Wednesdays ($4 discount for locals)

Old Oakland Holiday Ice Rink
– Dates: December 14 to January 6
– Where: 806 Washington St., Oakland
– Cost: $13 + $5 for skate rental
Downtown Oakland gets its very own ice rink at the corner of 9th and Washington in one of Oakland’s most historic neighborhoods.

Walnut Creek on Ice
– Dates: November 9 to January 21
– Where: Civic Park, 1365 Civic Drive Walnut Creek,
– Cost: $12 – $15 depending on date/time
Get your skate at the 12th annual Walnut Creek on Ice with themed nights, live music, family night, skating lessons and more.

Alameda: The Little Ice RinkAppears to be closed for 2018-19 season.

North Bay


Napa on Ice
– Dates: November 16 to January 6
– Where: Napa
– Cost: $14 (includes skate rental)
Outdoor rink in downtown Napa surrounded by restaurants, shops, the riverfront, picnic areas, and, of course, a Wine Train.

Peninsula


Palo Alto: Winter Lodge
– Dates: September 24 to April 14
– Where: Palo Alto
– Cost: $12 + $5 for skate rental
The ice is cold, the fireplaces are warm. Outside Magazine ranked Winter Lodge as one of the top 10 outdoor ice skating experiences in the US.

San Mateo on Ice
– Dates: November 10 to January 13
– Where: Central Park, San Mateo
– Cost: $16
Get your skate on at the Bay Area’s largest outdoor ice skating rink featuring 9,000 square feet of real ice.

South Bay and Beyond


San Jose: Downtown Ice
– Dates: November 16 to January 27
– Where: San Jose btwn Fairmont and SJ Museum of Art
– Cost: $17 Adults, $15 for 10 & Under or Military
Skate in true California style. Downtown Ice in San Jose is the only rink in the world that offers skating in and around a circle of 32 palm trees.

Santa Clara on Ice
– Dates: November 17 to January 6
– Where: 969 Kiely Blvd Santa Clara
– Cost: $15 Adults, $10 Youth (Includes skate rental)
Get your skates ready and come experience outdoor ice skating in the City of Santa Clara’s Central Park.

San Jose: Holiday Ice at Solar4America Ice (Indoors)
– Dates: November 19 to January 4
– Where: 1500 South Tenth Street, San Jose
– Cost: $12 + $5 skate rental
Skate your way through the holidays at the largest rink facility west of the Mississippi! Practice your moves at the San Jose Sharks’s official practice facility.

Santa Cruz: Boardwalk Holiday Ice
– Dates: November 17 to January 6
– Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk entrance
– Cost: $14.95
Bring the family to enjoy ice skating by the beach – on real ice and oceanview fire pits.


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