Ice Skating in South San Francisco

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The Bay Area’s largest temporary outdoor ice rink plays host to a wide collection of former East Coasters and Midwesterners over the holiday season, as recent transplants gather on the ice, longing for the frozen wintery ponds of home. What they get instead is a very San Francisco skate, although no less fun for its palm tree backdrop, tourist-heavy Embarcadero crowds and proximity to the Ferry Building’s gourmet treats. Customers can rent skates for $4 and join a 90-minute public skate session at the low price of $10 per adult and $6 per child age seven and under. Skaters can spin and fall and laugh to the pumped-in holiday tunes, then grab a bite from a nearby food truck (Sundays only). The Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center runs from early November to early January, seven days a week.

4 Embarcadero Ctr
San Francisco,
CA
US

Belmont Iceland offers its own $5 deal for admission and skate rental on Friday evenings; however, this Groupon can be used at any time, offering customers the most versatility.

815 Old County Rd
Belmont,
CA
US

Operated by Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment, the parent company of the NHL's San Jose Sharks, Sharks Ice skating centers professionally maintain solid-water rinks and facilities to accommodate a full range of activities. Each Friday night (7:30–9:30 p.m. in San Jose; 7:15–9:15 p.m. in Oakland) customers have full run of the centers' Olympic-sized rinks for public skating and fashionable displays of warm, Cosby-inspired outerwear. In addition to skating amenities, each Sharks Ice center features a full-service pro shop that sells NHL athletic apparel and other skate supplies and accessories. The centers also feature public snack bars and spacious public areas for socializing and frigid recitations of 18th-century Russian poetry. Sharks Ice San Jose also houses Stanley's Sports Bar, a full bar and restaurant overlooking the three rinks. Skate rental is included, but if you prefer to bring your own foot-blades, the general admission price without today's Groupon is $8, which still makes the Groupon the better deal. Hours are subject to change, so please call ahead to confirm.

519 18th St
Oakland,
CA
US

Providing roller skating family fun for everyone since 1977! We are open Tuesday through Sunday for public skating. We also offer birthday & team parties as well as private parties & group rates. Our Pro Shop is open 7 days a week and we specialize in traditional quad skates as well as inline skates. Classes for all ages.

980 Los Coches St
Milpitas,
CA
US

Silver Creek Sportsplex is a 240,000-square-foot facility that hosts kid- and adult-friendly leagues, camps, and classes for a range of activities, including indoor soccer, roller hockey, and flag football. The massive complex encourages healthy lifestyles with programs and services in its full service Club One fitness center and spa.

During Open Play sessions, children 12 years and younger can climb and crawl through the facility's bright, inflatable obstacle courses and venture through play zones. Waiting parents can bring personal laptops to surf the web on free WiFi access, or sign up for a whole host of sports and activities for themselves.

After a long day at play, kids can join their parents and recount harrowing stories from the front lines of tickle wars during meals at the facility's in-house restaurant, High Five at the Plex (food and drink not included).

800 Embedded Way
San Jose,
CA
US

Palm trees aren't normally present when Kristi Yamaguchi turns a triple axel. But that's par for the course at Downtown Ice, where the former Olympic skater has been known to circle the rink in celebration of a chilly San Jose tradition. Each year, Christmas lights wrap around the tree trunks in downtown San Jose’s Circle of Palms, lighting up the ice rink that spreads beneath the trees' fronds. Designed by rink architect Gil Garcia, the outdoor ice arena enables revelers to partake in a beloved winter tradition without being forced to partner skate with yetis. At night, the palms’ twinkling lights join stadium lighting so that skaters can practice their Scott Hamilton backflips all night long. The temporary ice rink is part of San Jose’s Downtown for the Holidays traditions, such as Christmas in the Park and the Winter Wonderland amusement rides.

120 South Market Street
San Jose,
CA
US