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20 Places to Go Ice Skating in the West

From seasonal pop-ups to year-round rinks, here's where to ice skate in the Bay Area and beyond.

Skaters get in the holiday spirit at the ice skating rink in San Francisco's Union Square. 

Jerry Yim

Hit the ice this holiday season. Popping up in cities around the West this time of year, ice skating rinks create mini winter wonderlands in unexpected places. But there are also year-round and winter-only spots where you can channel your inner figure skating or hockey pro—or at least pretend to—beyond the new year.

Where to Ice Skate in Northern California

Downtown San Francisco

Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square: This small but picturesque outdoor rink is located in the heart of San Francisco’s shopping area. It's open through January 20, 2020.

Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center: Just across the Embarcadero from the historic Ferry Building, this outdoor rink—in Justin Herman Plaza—is open through January 6, 2020.

Yerba Buena Ice Skating and Bowling Center: San Francisco’s only year-round skating facility comes complete with lessons, public skate sessions, and hockey leagues.

Oakland/San Jose/Fremont

Oakland Ice Center: Daily public skate sessions are offered all year, plus lessons and hockey. There are two additional sister facilities in San Jose and Fremont, as well.

Contra Costa County

Walnut Creek on Ice: This tented outdoor rink features daily public skate times, glider rentals for beginners, and an academy for those looking to perfect their form. Open through January 20, 2020.

Where to Ice Skate in Lake Tahoe

The Village at North Star: This 9,000-square-foot winter-only rink is surrounded by fire pits to warm up by as well as shops for après-skate activities.

South Lake Tahoe Ice Arena: An indoor, year-round facility, with daily public skate sessions, plus lessons and hockey games.

Heavenly Village Ice Skating Rink: This seasonal South Lake Tahoe rink is located in the village complex. It is open through Easter 2020.

Truckee Ice Rink: A Seasonal outdoor skating rink situated among pine trees.

The Ice Rink at the Cosmopolitan

Ice skating above the Las Vegas Strip at the Cosmopolitan. 

Courtesy The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas

Where to go Ice Skating in Nevada and Utah

Las Vegas

The Ice Rink: The Boulevard Pool at The Cosmopolitan of Las Vegas is transformed into a skating rink through January 5, 2020. In addition to views of the Strip, this spot also offers a show of light snow showers every 30 minutes throughout the season. 

Las Vegas Ice Center: Year-round ice skating is available at this indoor rink. Public skate sessions are available daily in addition to figure skating lessons and hockey leagues, lessons, and tournaments. 

Reno

Downtown Ice Rink: The outdoor ice rink at The Row, across from Circus Circus, is open through February 16, 2020.

Salt Lake City

Gallivan Center: Located within the John W. Gallivan Center, which hosts concerts and festivals throughout the year, this rink is open through February 29, 2020.

Salt Lake City Sports Complex: Two Olympic-sized skating rinks are part of a larger fitness complex. The rink offers regular public skating hours in addition to hockey lessons and tournaments.

Where to Go Ice Skating in the Pacific Northwest

Seattle

Seattle Center Winterfest: From November 29 through December 31, 2019, there's a variety of seasonal fun, including the ice rink, a model train and village, and live-action ice sculpting on Saturdays. 

Portland

Lloyd Center Ice Rink: Extended holiday hours, through January 1, 2020, mean extra time on the rink.

Skathe ice skating rink at Skate Westgate, picture

Skate among palm trees at Skate Westgate. 

Courtesy Skate Westgate

Where to Ice Skate in Arizona

Phoenix Area

CitySkate: This outdoor rink in downtown Phoenix is open through January 5, 2020. Skaters—and those watching from the sidelines—can enjoy hot cocoa and visits with Santa. 

Desert Ice Skating Rink: The Fairmont Scottsdale becomes a winter wonderland with light shows and a 6,000-square-foot ice rink, where you can skate under the starry desert sky and enjoy nightly snowfalls. 

AZ Ice Arcadia: With daily public skate times, lessons, and hockey leagues, this indoor rink hosts all levels of skaters all year long. Additional locations in Gilbert and Peoria.

Skate Westgate: This outdoor rink—located in the Westgate Entertainment District near the Gila River Arena (home to the Arizona Coyotes hockey team)—is open through January 12, 2020, with nightly snowfalls and holiday activities scheduled throughout. 

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This article was originally published in November 2017 and last updated in December 2019. Some facts may have aged gracelessly. Outdoor ice rinks are subject to closure depending on weather conditions. Please call ahead to confirm status and hours of operation.