Looking to strap on some skates and head outdoors to ice skate? There are tons of pop-up ice rinks in San Francisco and all around the Bay Area. Start skating!
SF Bay Area residents, visitors, and tourists alike will find lots of spots around the region to enjoy one of winter's most loved outdoor activities... even in California!
Here is a list of the biggest and best SF and Bay Area ice skating rinks for 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).
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. 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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. 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.