Put your holidays on ice

Just because it's not very cold outside doesn't mean outdoor ice skating is out of the question. Check out these holiday ice rinks near BART. You have two chances to win ice skating tickets.  

Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square

Having fun ice skating

Nothing says the holiday season has arrived like ice skating around San Francisco’s most glamorous shopping district in the shadow of a giant tree. And that’s exactly what you can do if you grab your mittens, lace up your skates and take BART to Powell Street to enjoy the Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square. The ice rink is open from Nov. 1 until Jan. 15. Enter to win a family four-pack of tickets. 

Nearest BART: Powell Street
Walk time: 8 minutes
Location: Union Square
Hours: Daily, 10am to 11:30pm
Admission: $18 for adults, $13 for children (eight and under), $3 for locker rental

Visit unionsquareicerink.com for special events, including a polar bear skate on New Year’s Day — wear you finest beach attire and brave the cold — and the famous Union Square tree-lighting ceremony. The ice rink is the best spot to see the tree. Tickets for the ice skating session during the November 24 tree-lighting tend to sell out quickly, but you can avoid the lines by buying tickets for other skating sessions through Eventbrite

The Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center

Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center

Celebrate the holidays in San Francisco at the Bay Area's largest outdoor ice rink at Justin Herman Plaza. Ride BART to Embarcadero Station and walk 4 minutes to the twinkle-lit holiday ice rink across from the historic Ferry Building. The ice rink is open from Nov. 3 until Jan. 7. Enter to win a four-pack of tickets. 

Nearest BART: Embarcadero 
Walk time: 4 minutes
Location: Justin Herman Plaza, across from the Ferry Building
Hours: Sunday-Thurdsday, 10am-9:30pm; Friday-Saturday, 10am-11:30pm
Admission: $12 for adults, $7 for children (eight and under), $5 for skate rentals

Be sure to check online to see if the rink is closed for private events. 

Walnut Creek on Ice

Artistic photo of ice skates

If the East Bay is your place, there’s BARTable skating for you, too. Walnut Creek on Ice is open Nov. 10 until Jan. 15. Take BART to Walnut Creek and catch County Connection Route 4, affectionately known to locals as the “Free Ride Trolley.” Yes, the trolley ride is free and drops you off right at the rink. The Trolley schedule is online here.

Nearest BART: Walnut Creek, and transfer to the "Free Ride Trolley"
Location: Civic Park, 1365 Civic Drive
Hours: Sunday-Thurdsday, 10am-9:30pm; Friday-Saturday, 10am-11:30pm
Admission: Monday-Friday before 5pm, $12; Friday at 5pm through Sunday, $15; Nov. 10, 17-26, Dec, 15-Jan. 1, $15

Be sure to visit on Family Skate Nights: a family of four skates for $35, including admission and skate rentals. For more information, a complete schedule of special events and more visit Walnut Creek on Ice.

Don’t forget to share your ice skating adventures with us: #BARTableHolidays. 

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