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Holiday Ice Skating for Families in the Bay Area

Union Square Ice Rink

Even though it's an activity that you can do year-round, ice skating seems to be something that's especially appealing around the holidays. NorCal Ice is back at Northgate in San Rafael for another season of ice skating, so you don't have to leave Marin County to go skate! You'll find more opportunities to ice skate in San Francisco, Santa Rosa, and the East Bay.

SkateEscape, San Rafael

SkateEscape (formerly known as Marin on Ice and NorCal Ice) rolls out its synthetic skating rink for the holiday season at San Rafael's Northgate Mall on Wednesday, November 16, 2022. The rink is located inside the mall between Haze's Arcade and the Vans store. Ice skating runs through January 11, 2023 after which the rink will revert to roller skating.

They also offer birthday parties and private rentals. For more information, visit or call (707) 582-2883. Northgate Mall is located off Highway 101 in San Rafael's Terra Linda area, between Northgate Drive and Las Gallinas Avenue.

Snoopy's Home Ice, Santa Rosa

Snoopy's Home Ice skating rink Santa Rosa

In Santa Rosa you can find Snoopy's Home Ice at the Redwood Empire Ice Arena. Opened by the Santa Rosa resident and Peanuts cartoonist Charles M. Schulz in 1969, the Redwood Empire Ice Arena offers public skating hours (check their schedule for details), skating lessons, birthday parties, and special events. The entire place is decorated with a Swiss theme and offers a charming alpine ambience. The Redwood Empire Ice Arena is also home to Snoopy's Warm Puppy Cafe, where you can sit by the fire and eat breakfast, lunch, or dinner, or just have a hot chocolate and watch the action on the Snoopy's Home Ice.

Session prices are $14 for adults 18 and over and juniors 12–17, and $12 for children 11 and under; skate rental costs $4. They also offer Toddlers on Ice sessions for kids 18 months–4 years and parents on Wednesdays.

Snoopy's Home Ice is located on West Steele Lane in Santa Rosa. To get there, take 101 north to the Guernville Road/Steele Lane exit; at the signal, turn left on Steele Lane and go under the freeway. Cross Cleveland Avenue and bear right onto West Steele Lane. The Redwood Empire Ice Arena, along with Snoopy's Gallery and Gift Shop, will be on your right after Range Avenue. For information and public skating schedule, visit or call (707) 546-7147.

Winter Lights Skate in the Square, Santa Rosa

This new outdoor skating rink in downtown Santa Rosa's Old Courthouse Square is eco-conscious and uses no water or power! It will be open daily from November 25 through December 21, 2022. Tickets go on sale Tuesday, November 1. Learn more at

Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square, San Francisco

Union Square, San Francisco's main shopping district, gets into the ice skating spirit during the holiday season with an outdoor ice rink sponsored by Safeway. It's open November 2, 2022 through January 16, 2022 from 10 am to 11 pm daily (9:30 pm on December 31). 60-minute sessions start on every 90 minutes with the last session at 10 pm. Admission is $20 ($15 for children 8 and under) and includes skate rental. Skate helper rentals cost $6. Information: (415) 781-2606 or

Union Square is in downtown San Francisco between Post and Geary and Stockton and Powell Streets. We find parking is easiest at the Sutter-Stockton Garage, but plenty of other options are available. It's also convenient to public transportation, especially BART and Muni.

Yerba Buena Ice Skating and Bowling Center, San Francisco

Also in San Francisco is the indoor Yerba Buena Ice Skating rink at Yerba Buena Gardens, the only year-round ice skating venue in the city, with a large NHL-sized rink. You can check their regular public skating schedule here; special extended public sessions are offered during Thanksgiving week and the month of December. Admission is $14 for adults ages 6–54, $8 for toddlers ages 5 and under, $12 for for seniors (55 and over, with ID). Skate rentals cost $5; included in tot admission price. They also offer group discounts, year-round birthday party packages, and skating lessons. As the name implies, there's also a bowling alley on site.

The Yerba Buena Ice Skating and Bowling Center is located in the South of Market district at 750 Folsom Street, between Third and Fourth Streets in San Francisco. The Ice and Bowling Centers are located at the Rooftop at Yerba Buena Gardens, which is built literally on the roof of Moscone Convention Center. Parking is probably easiest at the Fifth and Mission Garage a couple blocks away. Visit for more info.

Oakland Ice Center, Oakland

Across the Bay, Oakland Ice Center—also know as Sharks Ice, since it's run by the San Jose Sharks NHL team—offers a public ice skating, skating lessons, birthday parties (where you can even get the Sharks' mascot S.J. Sharkie to make an appearance), and more. Public skating prices are $13 for adults, $12 for children 12 and under, and $9 for seniors 55 and over. Skate rental is $5. Special skating deals are also available. Schedule and more information: (510) 268-9000 or

Oakland Ice Center is located in downtown Oakland at 519 18th Street, between San Pablo and Telegraph avenues.

Iceless Skating at the Bay Area Discovery Museum, Sausalito

Experience a winter wonderland in the Bay Area. Glide, twirl and wobble across an iceless pond. Enjoy all the fun of ice skating, without the fear of falling! Opens on November 19, 2022. Reserve tickets here.

The Bay Area Discovery Museum is located at 557 McReynolds Road, Sausalito. More info,

Claremont ice skating

Five Palms Ice at the Claremont Club & Spa, Berkeley

The Claremont's Swiss-engineered Glice skating rink is back for another season for family-fun under the Five Palms. Opens November 18 and runs through February, 2023. Advance registration not required. Adults, $24, kid, $12; includes skate rental. Save $4 when you bring your own ice skates (no toe picks permitted).  Fridays, 4–8 pm, Saturdays, noon–8 pm, Sundays, noon–4 pm; check their website for holiday hours: The Claremont is located at 41 Tunnel Road, Berkeley.

Vauxhall Gardens Skating Rink at the Great Dickens Christmas Fair, Daly City

The Great Dickens Christmas Fair, a Bay Area holiday tradition at the Cow Palace in Daly City, debuts Vauxhall Gardens, a free-to-the-public, park-like, Victorian space featuring a 2,800-square-foot skating rink with synthetic ice, Christmas trees for sale, refreshments, and more. Admission to Vauxhall Gardens is free (after $15 parking fee), and unlimited skating costs $12 for adults and $8 for kids 3–8; skate rental is included. Open weekends November 19–December 18.

The Cow Palace is located at 2600 Geneva Avenue in Daly City. More information:

Embarcadero Center Holiday Ice Rink, San Francisco (closed for 2022)

The outdoor ice rank at San Francisco's Embarcadero Center has been canceled again for 2022. They will hopefully be back for the 2023 holiday season.

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