SF Bay Area Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks 2018

12 Best Each Holiday Season

Every November, these SF Bay Area outdoor ice skating rinks open their doors for the holiday season. My list of the top 12 include those in San Francisco, the East Bay, North Bay, and the San Jose area.

SF Bay Area Outdoor Ice Skating Rinks

The outdoor ice skating rink at Union Square just before it opened that morning.

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1. Embarcadero Ice Skating

Address: Justin Herman Plaza, next to Four Embarcadero Center across from the Ferry Building
Dates: November 5, 2018 - January 6, 2019
Holiday Hours: Sunday - Thursday 10 am - 9:30 pm; Friday & Saturday 10 am - 11:30 pm
Price: Adults: $12; Children (7 and under): $7; Skate rental: $5

Of all the SF Bay Area outdoor ice skating rinks to go skating in this winter, the Embarcadero Ice Skating rink is one of the most beautiful. Located just across from the historic Ferry Building, you will be able to see the SF Bay and enjoy some of the best views you can imagine while visiting this rink.

Due to the popularity of this rink, skating sessions last only 90 minutes and start on the hour each day. This rink is also the largest of all the rinks in the Bay Area so you will be sure to enjoy yourself as you can skate without being worried about not having enough room during your session.

>> More on their website

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2. Union Square Ice Skating

Address: Union Square in Downtown San Francisco
Dates: November 7, 2018 - January 21, 2019
Holiday Hours: 10 am to 11:30 pm
Price: $13 - $25

Union Square Ice Skating is one of the most known, and most loved, of all the SF Bay Area outdoor ice skating rinks in the Bay Area. The Ice Breaker Ceremony starts at 9:30 am on November 7th and skating ends on January 21st. Not only is there general skating, but you can also take lessons, and see the Macy's Tree Lighting on Friday, the 23rd at 6 pm.

Some of the special events that you can enjoy including the Silent Skate Party, Flash Back Fridays, Drag Queens on Ice, and the always amazing Polar Bear Skate: San Francisco Edition (1/1 from 2pm to 3:30pm). Make sure to check dates and times in advance so you won't miss out on the fun!

>> Visit their site for tickets and additional details

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3. Civic Center Ice Skating Rink

Address: Civic Center, near City Hall
Dates: November 30 - January 6
Holiday Hours: Noon to 10pm
Price: TBD

2018 will be the first year of this new skating rink in the Civic Center. To make the holidays special this year, they will be creating a Winter Themed Park near City Hall.

The Winter Park in the Civic Center will include a 6,000 square foot holiday ice skating rink, a skating track, and lighted trees all around the plaza.

4. The Little Ice Rink in Alameda (TBD for 2018)

Address: South Shore Center in Alameda (located in the parking lot near Petco and Park Street)
Dates: November 3rd, 2017 - January 15th, 2018
School Day Hours: Monday - Friday 3 pm - 10 pm; Saturday & Sunday 10 am - 10 pm
School Holiday Hours: Monday - Friday 12 noon - 10 pm; Saturday & Sunday 10 am - 10 pm
Price: Adults (ages 9+) $17 which includes skate rental and unlimited skating; $11 if you bring your own skates;
Children (up to age 8) $13 which includes skate rental and unlimited skating; $7 if you bring your own skates

Don't let the name fool you, The Little Ice Rink isn't huge, but at 4,100 square feet of skating space, you'll have more than enough room to enjoy yourself. Located in the quaint town of Alameda, this rink will allow you to not only skate but also check out the classic houses and restaurants all around it.

Being that it is located right near the South Shore Center, you will be able to do your holiday shopping, and skate, all at the same time. If your young ones don't know how to skate, or you are just a beginner, The Little Ice Rink in Alameda also offers skating aids to help you balance. Last, but not least, there are weekly performances every Friday night and the San Jose Sharks' mascot, Sharkie, will also be making some appearances during the holiday season.

>> Visit their site for more details

5. San Jose Downtown Ice

Address: 120 South Market Street, San Jose
Dates: November 16th, 2018 - January 27th, 2019
Holiday Hours: Times vary depending on day and date. Please visit the website for information.
Price: Adults (Ages 11 and older) $17; Children (Ages 10 and under) $15; Any age who brings their own skates $10

If you are south of San Francisco, one of the other SF Bay Area outdoor ice skating rinks you may want to try is the San Jose Downtown Ice rink. Situated across the plaza from Cesar Chavez Park, this circular rink is surrounded by 32 palm trees that are lit up for the holiday season.

One of the benefits of the San Jose Downtown Ice rink is that it is actually two rinks in one since there is an inner rink, for the slower skaters, and an outer rink for the skaters that really know their stuff and want to cruise at a higher speed. There are no in and out privileges so make sure to plan ahead regarding using the bathroom and food needs.

>> More on their site

6. Santa Clara Ice at Central Park (TBD for 2018)

Address: 969 Kiely Boulevard, Santa Clara
Dates: November 20th, 2017 - January 15th, 2018
Holiday Hours: Times vary depending on day and date. Please visit the website for information.
Price: Adults (Ages 13 and older) $15 - $22; Children (Ages 4 -12) $10 - $15 Children under 4 are free

The beautiful city of Santa Clara is located about 1 hour south of San Francisco and is home to Santa Clara Ice at Central Park. The rink is open for general skating, group classes including their beginner 1 and 2 level classes, and private lessons for any level.

This skating rink also has a Tuesday Night Family Night special where up to 4 family members can skate for only $30. This does not apply to all Tuesday nights, as the rink may be closed due to holidays, so check in advance to plan your trip.

>> Visit their website for details

7. Winter Lodge in Palo Alto

Address: 3009 Middlefield Road, Palo Alto
Dates: September 24th, 2018 - April 14th, 2019
Holiday Hours: Times vary depending on day and date. Please visit the website for information.
Price: $12 for all ages; $5 for skates

The Winter Lodge in Palo Alto has the longest skating season of any skating rinks in the San Francisco Bay Area. Not only is it open most of the year, but it is also one of the best outdoor skating rinks in the USA according to Outdoor Magazine, so if you love skating, it definitely needs to be added to your list.

The Winter Lodge skates rain or shine so you can be sure that they will be open as much as possible during your skating season. The rink is open from 8 am to 10 pm, depending on day and date, and is closed for most holidays so make sure to check the website in advance of your trip to it.

>> See more details on their site

8. Marin on Ice (TBD for 2018)

Address: 5800 Northgate Drive, San Rafael
Dates: November 8th, 2017 - January 7th, 2018
Holiday Hours: Monday - Friday 2 pm - 9 pm; Saturday & Sunday 11 am - 10 pm
Price: All ages are $15. This includes unlimited skate time and skate rental

Marin on Ice is Marin's only outdoor ice rink and a can't miss if you are north of San Francisco. This is one of the larger SF Bay Area outdoor ice skating rinks at over 6,400 square feet. It is located at the Oaktree Plaza at Northgate Mall in San Rafael, so you can do your holiday shopping as well as enjoying your day skating in the beautiful North Bay.

If you are looking for more than just your usual skating, make sure to check specials like Disco Night on 11/15, Ladies Night on 12/6, Black Light Night on 12/20 and more. Police and fire fighters are only $13 but you must show your I.D. to get the discount.

>> Additional details

9. San Mateo on Ice

Address: Central Park at 50 East, Fifth Avenue San Mateo
Dates: November 10th, 2018 - January 13th, 2019
Holiday Hours: Time vary depending on date and day. Please visit the website for information.
Price: $15 all ages includes skate rental; $13 active military, fire and police (bring I.D.), $5 same day re-entry fee

This is one of the SF Bay Area outdoor ice skaing rinks that offers more than 9,000 square feet of ice to skate on. The San Mateo on Ice rink entry fee includes unlimited skate times so you can skate all day long if you want. However, there is no in and out privileges unless you purchase the $15 ticket or you purchase a separate same day re-entry ticket which costs $5.

Since this is one of the largest SF Bay Area outdoor skating rinks, and it is made out of real ice, you will have lots of space to skate and also feel like you are in a real winter wonderland. Depending on the weather, the skating rink may be closed, so make sure to check ahead and plan accordingly.

>> More here on their site

10. Napa on Ice

Address: Napa Expo on 3rd street between Soscol Ave and Silverado Trail
Dates: November 16th, 2018 - January 6th, 2019
Holiday Hours: Time vary depending on date and day. Please visit the website for information.
Price: $14 per person without in and out privileges, $16 per person with in and out privileges; $11 active military, fire and police (bring I.D.), $5 same day re-entry fee; all tickets include skate rental

The only SF Bay Area Outdoor Ice Skating rink located in the Napa wine county, the Napa on Ice rink offers more than 6,300 square feet to skate on in the middle of one of the most beautiful areas anywhere. If you have any worries about the recent fires in Sonoma and Napa County, the skate rink is going to be open for business without any issues.

The Napa on Ice rink entry fee includes unlimited skate times so you can skate all day long if you want. However, there is no in and out privileges unless you purchase the $16 ticket.

>> More on the Napa on Ice rink

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11. Boardwalk Holiday Ice

Address: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk at 400 Beach Street, Santa Cruz
Dates: November 17th, 2018 - January 6th, 2019
Hours: Time vary depending on date and day. Please visit the website for information.
Price: $14.95 all ages includes skates

During the holiday season, Santa Cruz Beachboard Walk is home to a 40 foot by 60 foot ice rink made of real ice. One of the reasons to visit the Boardwalk Holiday Ice rink is that the whole area will be lit with holiday lights and lots of holiday decorations will be set for all to see and enjoy.

Skate sessions are only 1 hour so you will have plenty of time to check out the other attractions on the boardwalk like its arcade, restaurants, and rides. If it gets chilly, you can go indoor and play miniature gold, laser tag, or some of the other many attractions available to you at the boardwalk. It's one of the best SF Bay Area outdoor ice skating rinks because there are so many other fun things to do around it too!

>> Visit their site for more info

12. Downtown Holiday Ice Rink in Martinez (TBD for 2018)

Address: The corner of Marina Vista Avenue and Ferry Street in downtown Martinez
Dates: November 18th, 2017 - January 7th, 2018
Holiday Hours: Time vary depending on date and day. Please visit the website for information.
Price: $14 includes skate rental; $11 bring your own skates; $11 on free skate rental Mondays

Of all the SF Bay Area outdoor ice skating rinks, the Downtown Holiday Ice Rink in Martinez is considering a hidden gem since it isn't as well known as the more famous ones. It is definitely worth your time to visit.

One of the reasons this rink is a nice one to visit is that the city of Martinez has lots of restaurants and beautiful buildings to see before or after you go skate. This 50 foot by 80 foot rink is open 7 days a week, weather permitting. All skaters under the age of 18 must have a waiver signed by a parent or guardian. If you want to save time, visit the website and you can fill it out in advance and save yourself some time.

>> Visit their site for more

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