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Where to Ice Skate in the Bay | Winter 2019-20

Every outdoor and holiday ice rink in SF and the Bay – including a new ones for 2019
By - posted 11/6/2019 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.

Confirmed & updated as of 11/6/2019.

San Francisco


Union Square Ice Rink
– Dates: November 6, 2019 to January 20, 2020
– 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 (12/5), Silent Skate Party (12/12) & the Polar Bear Skate (1/1/2020).
– Confirmed 10/28/2019

Civic Center: Winter Park
– Dates: November 22, 2019 to January 5, 2020
– Where: Civic Center, San Francisco
– Cost: $18 adults; $13 kids (includes skate rental)
Modeled after the internationally-famed Wiener Eistraum ice-skating rink in Vienna, this ice rink also features a 400-foot skating track that weaves ice skating fun through a lighted tree forest.
– Confirmed 10/28/2019

Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero
– Dates: November 6, 2019 to January 5, 2020
– Where: Embarcadero Plaza, SF
– Cost: $12 Adults, $7 Kids ($5 skate rental)
The self-proclaimed “largest outdoor ice rink” in the Bay (though San Mateo may actually be bigger) celebrates three decades of skating in SF.
– Confirmed 10/30/2019

Yerba Buena Ice Skating (Indoors)
– Dates: Open Year Round
– Where: 750 Folsom St., SF
– Cost: $13 ($6 skate rental)
San Francisco’s only year-round full-service ice skating facility with a large NHL-sized skating rink.
Confirmed 10/30/2019

Holiday Ice Rink at California Academy of Sciences –  Appears to be closed for 2019-20 season.

East Bay


San Ramon: Kristi Yamaguchi Holiday Ice Skating Rink – New for 2019
– Dates: November 15 2019 to January 5, 2020
– Where: City Center Bishop Ranch, 6000 Bollinger Canyon Road, San Ramon
– Cost: $10-12 depending on date/time ($5 skate rental)
– Skate at the first and only outdoor ice skating rink in the Tri-Valley. Discounts include free skate rentals on weekdays before 5 pm with student I.D. during non-holiday schedule only.
– Confirmed 11/8/2019

Concord: Ice at The Veranda
– Dates: November 8, 2019 to February 17, 2020
– Where: The Veranda, 2001-2003 Diamond Blvd., Concord
– Cost: $15 per person; $50 for family 4 pack
This 3,500 sq. ft. rink features special midweek discounts on Tuesdays ($6 off).
– Confirmed 10/30/2019

Walnut Creek on Ice
– Dates: November 8, 2019 to January 20, 2020
– Where: Civic Park, 1365 Civic Drive, Walnut Creek
– Cost: $13 – $15 depending on date/time
Get your skate at the 13th annual Walnut Creek on Ice with themed nights, live music, family night, skating lessons and more.
– Confirmed 10/30/2019

Alameda: The Little Ice RinkAppears to be closed for 2019-20 season

Old Oakland Holiday Ice Rink   Unconfirmed for 2019-20
– 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.

North Bay


Napa on Ice
– Dates: November 22, 2019 to January 12, 2020
– Where: Napa
– Cost: $14 (includes skate rental)
The outdoor rink in downtown Napa is surrounded by restaurants, shops, the riverfront, picnic areas, and, of course, a Wine Train.
– Confirmed 10/30/2019

Peninsula


Palo Alto: Winter Lodge
– Dates: September 30, 2019 to April 11, 2020
– Where: Palo Alto
– Cost: $15 ($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.
– Confirmed 10/30/2019

San Mateo on Ice
– Dates: November 9, 2019 to January 12, 2020
– Where: Central Park, San Mateo
– Cost: $17
Get your skate on at the Bay Area’s largest outdoor ice skating rink featuring 11,000 square feet of real ice.
– Confirmed 10/30/2019

Sunnyvale: Winter Ice Rink – New for 2019
Dates: November 22, 2019 to January 20, 2020
– Where: CityLine Sunnyvale, Sunnyvale
– Cost: $18 Adults, $15 for 10 & under or Military
Located in the heart of downtown Sunnyvale, skate beneath historic Redwood trees at the inaugural Winter Ice Rink.
– Confirmed 10/31/2019

South Bay and Beyond


San Jose: Downtown Ice
– Dates: November 15, 2019 to January 12, 2020
– Where: San Jose btwn. Fairmont and SJ Museum of Art
– Cost: $18 Adults; $13 for 8 & Under (Includes skate rental)
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.
– Confirmed 11/6/2019

Santa Clara on Ice
– Dates: November 21, 2019 to January 20, 2020
– 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 Santa Clara’s Central Park.
– Confirmed 10/31/2019

San Jose: Holiday Ice at Solar4America Ice (Indoors)
– Dates: Has daily public hours, please see website.
– Where: 1500 South Tenth Street, San Jose
– Cost: $12.50 ($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’ official practice facility.
– Confirmed 10/31/2019

Santa Cruz: Boardwalk Holiday Ice
– Dates: November 16, 2019 to January 5, 2020
– Where: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk
– Cost: $14.95
Bring the family to enjoy ice skating by the beach – on real ice with ocean view fire pits. Their new 32′ x 90′ covered ice skating rink is open rain or shine.
– Confirmed 11/3/2019


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