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Every outdoor and holiday ice rink in SF and the Bay – including 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. We’ve also included the permanent ice rinks where you can skate year round.

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

Oakland Ice Center (Indoors)
Open year round
– Where: 519 18th Street, Oakland, CA
– Cost: Adults: $12.50 Admission ($5 skate rental)
Skate year round at the Oakland Ice Center, operated by the San Jose Sharks, with two indoor rinks featuring one NHL-sized ice surface (200-by-85 feet) and one Olympic sized ice surface (200-by-100 feet). Discounts are available on “Tuesday Night Cheap Skate” and they also offer a  Sunday Family Fun Pack which costs $54.00 for a family of four (must include one adult, skate rental included).
– Confirmed 11/13/19

Solar4America Ice at Fremont (Indoors)
Open year round
– Where: 44388 Old Warm Springs Boulevard, Fremont, CA
– Cost: Adults: $12.50 Admission ($5 skate rental)
Skate indoors year round at an official practice facility for the San Jose Sharks, which also features a mountain chalet-looking sports bar overlooking the ice.
– Confirmed 11/13/19

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


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)
Open year round
– Where: 1500 South Tenth Street, San Jose
– Cost: Adults: $12.50 Admission ($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. Discounts include their Monday Night Special (Non-“Holiday Ice”): $10.50* and Tuesday Fall/Winter Special: $9.
– 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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