For much of the rest of the United States, snow and ice are not much fun during the holiday season. But for those who have moved here from colder climes, or have always wanted to ice skate in the San Francisco Bay area, opportunities exist for friends and families to don skates and glide around an ice rink especially designed to bring winter to town. All of these venues have hours that should meet the needs of the most determined skater, and many offer skating lessons as well.
1. San Francisco--Union Square Ice Rink-This rink makes an appearance during December, and is a classic site each year for those shopping in downtown San Francisco. Sitting in the middle of wonderful shops, stores and boutiques and facing Macy's famous Christmas windows, it is a popular favorite for locals and tourists alike. It's tall, brightly lit Christmas tree adds extra appeal. An extra added attraction is the January 1st Polar Bear Skate, Here participants are asked to wear bathing suits and beach wear for their New Year's Day skating. The hours, fees, and available amenities are at UNION SQUARE ICE RINK.
2. Oakland Ice Center--This downtown ice rink has been available year round for many years. It has a full pro shop and snack bar, lessons are offered, and it is a very popular venue. However, each year they offer a Holiday Skate event which encourages everyone to come and enjoy skating while enjoying festive music and holiday treats. Sunday Family Skates are also scheduled. Details are available at OAKLAND ICE CENTER.
3. The Little Ice Rink In Alameda--This cozy sized rink is located at Alameda's South Shore Center, and allows one to combine shopping at the many anchor stores like Kohl's, Bed and Bath, Ross, TJ Maxx, and more, with pleasant restaurant sites to enjoy an outstanding afternoon of shopping, skating and snacking all at the same time. It appeals to all ages, and for the smaller family members it offers a bright orange rideable seal figure called a "Bobby", so they, too, can get out on the ice. Coffee, cocoa and cookies are being served on Friday through Sunday nights by Panera Bread. Information is at: THE LITTLE ICE RINK.
4. Walnut Creek Ice Rink--Located in the heart of downtown Walnut Creek at 1375 Civic Drive, this well designed rink offers Christmas lights and a very festive ambiance for the holidays. It features many open hours for skaters, and offers toddler skates and walking assistance for those still learning to skate, to encourage all to get out on the ice. Family Skate Nights are available for everyone to enjoy skating together in a pleasant, colorful atmosphere. It's downtown location also features the appeal of many nearby outstanding cafes and restaurants, plus the multiple stores, shops and boutiques that Walnut Creek is famous for. If this appeals to you, information is available at WALNUT CREEK ICE RINK.
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