Friday, November 7, 2014

Downtown Ice Returns Next Friday! (Nov 14-Jan 11)

Hawaiian Airlines / Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice is returning to The Circle of Palms on November 14th and will be open all the way until January 11th. Over 100,000 skaters and spectators are expected to attend, which contribute $3 million to the Downtown San Jose economy.

Kristi Yamaguchi will star in a grand opening celebration on November 17th at 5pm. Also, keep an eye out for a light show that will play at 6pm and 9pm every day.

For hours, promotions, discounts, and more information, just scroll on down to read the full press release.

Hawaiian Airlines / Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice

Nov. 14, 2014-Jan. 11, 2015

Opening ceremony with Kristi Yamaguchi Nov. 17, 5pm

SAN JOSE – Hawaiian Airlines / Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice returns Nov. 14 to the Circle of Palms in the heart of downtown San Jose’s holiday attractions.

With Hawaiian Airlines as title sponsor, Yamaguchi and her Always Dream Foundation partner with the San Jose Downtown Association to produce the rink.  This three-way partnership has existed now for five years. 

“It brings great joy to see all the families celebrate the holiday season at Downtown Ice, which remains one of the most unique and attractive outdoor skating rinks in the country,” Yamaguchi said.  “I am honored to once again be associated with such a holiday treasure.”

The outdoor rink at 120 S. Market St. has generated holiday season merriment downtown for 19 years at three different locations.  More than 100,000 skaters and spectators are expected to attend Downtown Ice between Nov. 14 and Jan. 11.  The rink generates an estimated $3 million in economic impact to the downtown business community each year.

Skaters glide around 32 glimmering palms from which the circular rink gains its iconic form.  This season, the “Halo” light show reprises for its second year, with LEDs on the palms continuously changing color and patterns.  Choreographed displays to music take place at 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. daily.

Yamaguchi, the 1992 Olympic figure skating gold-medal champion, will usher in the new season with an opening celebrationNov. 17 at 5 p.m.

During November and early December, Downtown Ice is open 5-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday5 p.m.-midnight on Fridaynoon-midnight on Saturday; and noon-9 p.m. on Sunday.  During the winter break, the rink is open 11 a.m.-midnight daily.  Special holiday hours apply.  The $13-17 admission covers skate rental and one unlimited skating session. 

Discounts and details are at  The rink phone number is (408) 291-0525.

Downtown Ice is located within steps of Christmas in the Park displays, which occupies Plaza de Cesar Chavez starting Nov. 28.  These two downtown San Jose holiday attractions are supported in part by participants in the 5-kilometer TiVo Santa Run Silicon Valley held on Dec. 14.  Register at  Check for a complete schedule of downtown events.

Parking information is available at

Hawaiian Airlines / Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice skating details

When:  Open daily Nov. 14 – Jan. 11

Nov. 14 – Dec. 19 and Jan. 6 – 11

Monday-Thursday: 5-9 p.m.
Friday: 5 p.m.–midnight
Saturday: noon–midnight
Sunday: noon–9 p.m.

Dec. 20 – Jan. 5
Daily: 11 a.m.–midnight

Special holiday hours
Wed. Nov. 26, day before Thanksgiving:  5 p.m. - midnight
Thurs. Nov. 27, Thanksgiving:  2 p.m. – midnight
Fri. Nov. 28, day after Thanksgiving: 11am – midnightWed. Dec. 25, Christmas:  2pm – midnight
Tues. Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve:  11am – 10pm
Wed. Jan. 1, New Year's Day:  2pm – midnight

Opening Ceremony – Monday, Nov. 17, 5 p.m., featuring Kristi Yamaguchi, sponsors, and live music. 

Where:  Circle of Palms, downtown San Jose, 120 South Market Street, across from Plaza de Chavez, between the San Jose Museum of Art and Fairmont San Jose.

Nov. 14 – Dec. 19 and Jan. 6 – 11: Children 10-younger $13; 11-older $15
Dec. 20 – Jan. 5 (Winter Break)Children 10-younger $15; 11-older $17
Admission includes skate rental and ice time


  • Holiday Hat Trick – combination $25 ticket to Downtown Ice, San Jose Museum of Art, and The Tech Museum exhibition (33 percent discount)

  • Hawaiian Airlines Aloha Fridays – dress in Hawaiian garb for $10 skating Nov 14 and 21Dec. 5 and 12, and Jan. 2 and 9.

Multiple other discounts are available, but cannot be combined, and are available online

Contact Info:
Rink phone: (408) 291-0525 (operational Nov. 14 – Jan. 11)
SJDA’s event line: (408) 279-1775

Hawaiian Airlines –
Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation -
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