Ice is nice for the holidays — here’s where to lace up your skates in the Bay Area

Nothing burns off holiday indulgence like a spin or two around a holiday ice skating rink.

Nutritional exports, for example, have estimated that three good tumbles to the ice burns off the caloric equivalent of two turkey drumsticks and half a slice pumpkin pie (a la mode).

OK, we made that up. But ice skating can certainly burn calories and jump-start your holiday mood. And here are four community holiday rinks that are open for business.

In San Jose, the downtown ice rink at 120 S. Market St. is open through Jan. 15. Admission is $10-$17 and rental skates are available. Hours fluctuate so it is best to check the website before you go:

Walnut Creek’s holiday rink is open through Jan. 15 at Civic Drive Park. Admission is $12-$15 and skates and ice gliders are available for rent. The facility does schedule some private events, so check the website for open skating hours before you go:

Alameda’s The Little Rink at South Shore Center runs through Jan. 15. Admission is $7-$17 and rentals are available. Hours are 10 a.m.-10 p.m. weekends, 3 to 10 p.m. weekdays and noon to 10 p.m. on school holidays. More information is at

And San Francisco’s Union Square rink runs through Jan. 15. Admission is $13-$25 and skate rentals are available. Check the website for hours and special events:

Source:: East Bay – Lifestyle

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