Even though the snow doesn’t fall here in the Bay Area, we can still put on our mittens and enjoy the chill in the air at the many ice rinks that pop up this time of year. Skate under the palm trees or in Union Square or under Snoopy’s watchful gaze in Santa Rosa—whatever you choose will have the kids begging for hot cocoa.

Union Square Holiday Ice Rink, San Francisco

With the giant holiday tree aglow and the Macy’s window displays a’sparkling, this ice rink is a must-do this holiday season. There is nothing quite like gliding around while the Square glistens around you! While it is a magical experience for the whole family, keep in mind it can get busy, and that could be a little tricky for less experienced skaters.

Dates:  Nov. 6, 2016 – Jan. 16, 2017
Times: Open daily from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., closes at 9:30 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. Skate session tickets can be purchased online and are for a 90-minute session.
Cost: $12/adults; $7/kids 8 and under. Skate rental: $6
Closures The rink has special events and can be rented for private parties. Check website.
Phone: 415-781-2688
Online: unionsquareicerink.com

Photo credit: Jerry Yim

  • Union Square Holiday Ice Rink, San Francisco
  • Santa Clara Ice at Central Park
  • The Embarcadero Center Ice Rink, San Francisco
  • Yerba Buena Ice Skating Center, San Francisco
  • Oakland Ice Center , Oakland
  • Walnut Creek Ice Rink, Walnut Creek 
  • Downtown Holiday Ice, Martinez
  • Marin on Ice at the North Gate Mall, San Rafael 
  • Downtown Ice, San Jose
  • The Little Ice Rink, Alameda
  • Snoopy’s Home Ice in Santa Rosa 
  • Palo Alto’s Winter Lodge, Palo Alto

Do you have kids who love the ice? Let us know your favorite skating spot below! 

—Kate Loweth, Melissa Bouse, Amber Guetebier & Annie Sheldon