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Bay Area’s holiday ice rinks open for the season


It may not snow here, but we can pretend – with a little help from the twinkle-lit holiday ice rinks popping up around the Bay Area. Here’s just a sampling:

In San Francisco, Union Square’s holiday ice rink is open through Jan. 16. Reservations for the 90-minute time slots ($7-$12) can be made online. You can rent ice skates, a locker to hold you stuff and a “Skating Helper” ($6) – like a traffic cone, but cuter – for the under-four-foot set.

The San Francisco Embarcadero holiday ice rink is open through Jan. 8 at Justin Herman Plaza, and Off the Grid’s food trucks will be plying their tasty fare on Sundays from 12 to 4 p.m. Skate rentals are $5; admission is $7-$11. The rink is used for private events, as well, so check the website to make sure the rink is open before you go – which is good advice for any of these outdoor rinks.

In the East Bay, Alameda’s Little Ice Rink is open for the holidays at the South Shore Center through Jan. 8. A skates and admission combo is $13 for kids and $17 for grown-ups; admission-only is $7 and $11. And you can rent a Bobby the Seal “helper” for $8.

Walnut Creek’s Holiday on Ice rink has reopened for the season, as well, with skating (and skating lessons) in Civic Park. Admission is $12-$15. And Martinez’s Downtown Holiday Ice rink will be open Nov. 19 through Jan. 8. Ticket details are still to come.

In the South Bay, San Jose’s Downtown Ice will be open from Nov. 18 through Jan. 16. Admission is $15-$17, including skate rentals. BYOSkates and it’s just $10. And Palo Alto’s Winter Lodge rink offers the longest season of all, with outdoor skating available from Sept. 26 to April 17. Rent skates for $5; rink admission is $11.

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