The weather outside is not-so-frightful, which makes ice skating oh-so delightful. Seasonal ice skating rinks (and even a roller rink!) are popping up all over the Bay Area, and this year they are bigger and better. Read on to find the best spots to take your kids ice skating this holiday season!

San Francisco

photo: Safeway Holiday Ice

The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square

It's the West Coast's answer to Rockefeller Square. Be sure to check their calendar as they have a lot of fun shows, in addition to many public skating hours. Make sure to mark your calendars for their special events: Drag Queens on Ice, Silent Skate and the Polar Bear Skate, all returning this year. Learn to skate every weekend at 8:30 a.m.

Location: Union Sq., San Francisco
Dates: Nov. 6- Jan. 19
Hours: 10 a.m.- 11:30 p.m. daily (closing at 9:30 p.m. on Dec. 31)
Cost: $18/adults, $13/kids 8 and under. Admission includes skate rental.
Online: unionsquareicerink.com

photo: Kate Loweth

Winter Park at Civic Center

Ice skate on this 6,000-square-foot in the Civic Center Plaza this holiday season. Enjoy some time under the stars, play on the new playgrounds and then grab a warm drink from everyone's favorite Bi-Rite. The Winter Park will showcase a number of events on the ice, including themed dance and skate parties, a First Responders celebration, donation drives and more.

Location: Civic Center, San Francisco
Dates: Nov. 22-Jan. 5
Hours: noon-10 p.m.
Cost: $18/adults, $13/kids 8 and under. Admission includes skate rental.
Online: winterparkicerinksf.com

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photo: Embarcadero Center

Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center

Hailed as the largest outdoor rink the Bay Area, it's one of the more affordable, too.

Location: Justin Herman Plaza, San Francisco (across from the Ferry Building)
Dates: Nov. 6-Jan. 5
Hours: Sun.-Thurs: 10 a.m. -9:30 p.m.,  Fri.-Sat.: 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Skating sessions begin every even hour starting at 10 a.m. and lasting 90 minutes. 
Cost: $12/Adults, $7/kids 8 and under. Skate rental $5.
Online: embarcaderocenter.com

East Bay

photo: Laura Kudritzki Photography

Kristi Yamaguchi Ice Rink at City Center Bishop Ranch

We love this spot in San Ramon as there is tons of room for you and the little ones to skate under the stars! An array of skating aides are available including ones where you can push your cutie around the ice. Early bird hours are available and you can even celebrate your winter birthday here.

Location: City Center Bishop Ranch, San Ramon
Dates: Nov. 15-Jan. 5
Hours: see schedule here
Cost: $12/ages 6 and up, $10/5 and under, $5 skate rental
Online: citycenterbishopranch.com

photo: Kate Loweth

Ice at the Veranda

This brand-new shopping center is hosting it's second annual ice rink and everyone's ready to hit the ice! Tuesdays will get you $6 off skating prices. There are loads of dining spots right around the rink including Puesto and PopBar so make it a day at The Veranda! 

Location: 2001-2003 Diamond Blvd., Concord, CA (near Luxe Cinema)
Dates: Nov. 8-Feb. 17
Hours: Varies daily and is subject to change, check their events calendar for times.
Cost: $15/skater including skate rental for a 90-minute session
Online: shoptheveranda.com

Oakland Ice

This rink is open year-round for your ice skating adventures. Open skate is available daily with special times devotes to bucket skating for the little ones. Oakland residents receive 10% off admission.

Location: 519 18th St., Oakland
Dates: daily, see schedule
Cost: $12.50/ages 13 and up, $11.50/ages 12 and under
Online: oaklandice.com

Peninsula/South Bay

NEW: Winter Ice Rink in Downtown Sunnyvale

This holiday-themed ice rink under the redwood trees is brand new for 2019 and will take place at Redwood Square Park. Throughout the season there will be something for everyone in the community to enjoy from Learn to Curl sessions, Rock n' Roll Skate Nights, Robots on Ice, Food Truck nights and more!

Location: Redwood Square, Sunnyvale
Dates: Nov. 22-Jan. 20
Cost: one-hour skate sessions are $18/person and $13/kids 8 and under
Online: citylinesunnyvale.com

San Mateo on Ice

Located in Central Park, this 9,000-square foot rink is the largest in the Bay Area with real ice. For some next-level on-the-ice fun, book some time in the bumper cars on ice for $10/person!

Location: Central Park, 50 E. 5th Avenue, San Mateo
Dates: Nov. 9-Jan. 12
Hours: check the schedule for daily hours
Cost: $17/person including skate rental
Online: onicerinks.com

photo: Santa Cruz Beach Boardwalk

Boardwalk Holiday Ice

Back again for 2019: ice skating at the beach! A covered rink is part of the fun this season at the Santa Cruz Boardwalk and this year it's bigger and better. Have a skate and then go enjoy games, rides and holiday lights. Reservations are recommended.

Location: 400 Beach St., Santa Cruz
Dates: Nov. 16-Jan. 5
Hours: Varies. See schedule
Cost: $14.95/hour, includes skate rental
Online: beachboardwalk.com

photo: Daniel Garcia

Downtown Ice

Some rinks might feature a giant Christmas tree—but here you'll find towering, decked-out palm trees! Its unique, track-like design allows young skaters plenty of room to cruise, while giving skaters who want to practice tricks and turns protected space, too.

Location: 120 S. Market Street, San Jose
Dates: Nov. 15-Jan. 26
Hours:  Varies, see schedule
Cost: $18/adults, $15/kids 10 and under. Admission includes skate rental, discount available if you bring your own.
Online: downtownicesj.com

photo: California's Great America

WinterFest at California's Great America

Winter takes over Great American in Santa Clara on November 29 and you can ice skate right in front of the iconic double decker carousel. Sign up for your spot when you arrive in the park as this activity is very popular. 

Location: California's Great America
Dates: Select dates Nov. 29-Dec. 31
Hours: varies, see schedule
Cost: $15 for ice skating in addition to regular admission price
Online: cagreatamerica.com

photo: Santa Clara Ice

Santa Clara Ice at Central Park

Central Park is transformed into a winter wonderland when this rink opens for the season. They host a variety of theme nights and skate lessons, so check their calendar to get in on some extra festive fun.

Location: 969 Kiely Blvd., Santa Clara
Dates: Nov. 21-Jan. 20
Hours: Varies, see calendar
Cost: $15/adults, $10/kids ages 4-12, Free/kids under 4 with paying adult. Prices include skate rental.
Online: santaclaraonice.com

photo: Kate Loweth

Winter Lodge

No need to worry about missing the window to skate here. They're open well into spring, rain or shine! You've got an indoor rink (which is sometimes used for lessons) as well as a partially-covered outdoor rink to choose from. 

Location: 3009 Middlefield Rd, Palo Alto
Dates: Sept. 30-April 11
Hours: Varies daily with morning, afternoon and evening sessions. Check website for specifics. Closed Nov. 28, Dec 24-25, Jan. 1
Cost: $12/admission. Skate rental $5
Online: winterlodge.com

Iceless Sock Skating at the Children's Discovery Museum

Flaunt your craziest socks and head to the museum for endless fun on the iceless rink—all without the chills and spills of ice. Build a snowman or snow scene with artsy materials, create crystals in the art studio and paint your face like snow royalty. It’ll be a December to remember at Children’s Discovery Museum!

Location: 180 Woz Way, San Jose
Dates: Dec. 21-Jan. 5 (closed Dec. 25)
Cost: Included with museum admission
Online: cdm.org

North Bay/Marin

photo: Bay Area Discovery Museum

Iceless Rink at the Bay Area Discovery Museum

Kick-off the winter season with a spin around the "ice!" BADM's popular Iceless Skating Rink returns this year, so families can experience another year of fun - without the fear of falling. Admission to the rink is included with your museum admission. It is open throughout December. 

Location: Bay Area Discovery Museum
Dates: Nov. 30-Dec. 31
Cost: Included with museum admission
Online: bayareadiscoverymuseum.org

Winter Wonderland Roller Rink

The 90s are rolling in just in time for St. Helena’s second annual magical holiday festival, and San Francisco is bringing one of their hottest attractions, the Church of 8 Wheels roller rink. Roller skating is no longer retro, but everyone’s favorite chic and stylish activity. Instead of cruising down the boardwalk with your friends or rolling through the streets of San Francisco, lace up your skates for a special holiday experience at St. Helena’s winter wonderland roller rink.

Location: Lyman Park, St. Helena
Dates: Nov. 29- Dec. 29
Cost: $12/adults, $8/kids per hour
Online: sthelenajingle.com

photo: Kate Loweth

Snoopy’s Home Ice

This indoor spot, next to the Charles M. Schulz museum, is open year-round, but they make it extra festive at Christmas time. 

Location: 1667 W Steele Lane, Santa Rosa
Dates: Open Year Round, Holiday Season Starts Dec. 1
Hours: Public skate times vary daily. Best to check website for specifics.
Cost: $10/adults, $8/kids 11 and under. Skate rental $4
Online: snoopyshomeice.com

photo: Marin on Ice

Marin on Ice

You get your money's worth here, as admission is good all day. So you can skate, leave for a bite to eat and maybe a little shopping and then hit the ice again.

Location: 5800 North Gate Drive, San Rafael
Dates: Nov. 6- Jan 20
Hours: Varies, see calendar
Cost: $15/person, includes skate rental. $13/military, police, fire personnel with valid ID
Online: onicerinks.com

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

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