Friday, November 6, 2015

Hawaiian Airlines / Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice Returns November 13th!

Downtown Ice returns next week for its longest season in history. The one-of-a-kind skating rink at the Circle of Palms in Downtown San Jose will be open from November 13th all the way until February 7th. Super Bowl 50 will bring in thousands of visitors to San Jose and the rink will be open an extra 28 days to help entertain them.

Hawaiian Airlines / Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice is also hosting an opening celebration on Monday, November 16th at 5pm. Kristin Yamaguchi will be doing a routine to help kick off the season during the ceremony. For more information such as operating hours, pricing, and discounts, read the full release below.

Photos by Daniel Garcia

SAN JOSE – Hawaiian Airlines / Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice returns Nov. 13 to the Circle of Palms in the heart of downtown San Jose’s holiday attractions.  The skating rink will remain open an additional 28 days beyond its normal closing date to accommodate the thousands of visitors expected to stay in San Jose the weeks ahead of Super Bowl 50, to be played Feb. 7, 2016, at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara.

With Hawaiian Airlines as title sponsor, Yamaguchi and her Always Dream Foundation partner with the San Jose Downtown Association to produce the outdoor rink at 120 S. Market St.

“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,” said Yamaguchi, the 1992 Olympic figure skating gold-medal champion.  “I am honored to once again be associated with such a holiday treasure.”

Yamaguchi will help open the rink this season.  An opening celebration is planned for Monday,  Nov. 16, at 5 p.m. at the rink.

More than 200,000 skaters and spectators are expected to attend Downtown Ice between Nov. 13 and Feb. 7.  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.  During November, early December and after the holidays in January, Downtown Ice is open 5-9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 5 p.m.-midnight on Friday; noon-midnight on Saturday; and noon-9 p.m. on Sunday.  During the winter break the rink is open 11 a.m.-midnight daily. During the week of the big game in February, the rink will extend its hours.

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. 13.  Register at

Parking information is available at

Hawaiian Airlines / Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice skating details

When:  Open daily Nov. 13, 2015 – Feb. 7, 2016

Nov. 13 – 24
Friday: 5 p.m. - midnight
Saturday: noon - midnight
Sunday: noon - 9 p.m.
Monday-Thursday: 5 - 9 p.m.*
* Monday, Nov. 16 the rink does not open to the general public until 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 25 – 27 (Thanksgiving Holiday)
Wednesday, Nov. 25, the day before Thanksgiving: 5 p.m. - midnight
Thursday, Nov. 26, Thanksgiving: 2 p.m. - midnight
Friday, Nov. 27, the day after Thanksgiving: 11 a.m. - midnight

Nov. 28 – Dec. 17
Sunday: noon - 10 p.m.
Monday -Thursday: 5 - 10 p.m.
Friday: 5 p.m. – midnight
Saturday: noon - midnight

Dec. 18 – Jan. 3 (Winter Break)
Daily: 11 a.m. - midnight*
*Special Christmas and New Year’s holiday hours
Friday, Dec. 25, Christmas: 2 p.m. - midnight
Thursday, Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve: 11 a.m. - midnight
Thursday, Jan. 1, New Year’s Day:  11 a.m. – midnight
Sunday, Jan. 3: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.

Jan. 4 – Jan. 31*
Monday - Thursday: 5 - 9 p.m.
Friday: 5 p.m. - midnight
Saturday: noon - midnight
Sunday: noon - 9 p.m.
*MLK Holiday special hours: noon - midnight Sun., Jan. 17 and Noon – 9 p.m., Mon., Jan. 18

Feb. 1 – Feb. 7 (Super Bowl Week)
Monday - Wednesday: 4 - 11 p.m.
Thursday – Saturday: noon - midnight
Sunday: noon - 9 p.m.

Nov. 13 – Dec. 17 AND Jan. 4 – Jan. 31: Children 10 & younger: $13 and 11 & older: $15
Dec. 18 – Jan. 3 (Winter Break) and Feb. 1 – 7: Children 10 & younger $15 and 11 & older: $17

Cash, Paypal, Visa, Mastercard or Discover accepted. Admission includes ice time and rental skates (skate sizes range from toddler 8 to men's 13).
Skate all you want (no in-and-out privileges)/ First-come, first-serve.

Address (starting November 13):  120 S. Market St., San Jose, CA 95113
Phone: (408) 291-0525 (Rink) or (408) 279-1775 (SJDA)


Downtown Ice and Hawaiian Airlines have combined on airfare discounts to the islands.  Go to

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

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


  1. How about the amount of water that will be wasted to create this? or the electricity required to keep it frozen? a wasteful and thoughtless society we live in. if you want to ice skate outdoors go live in Minnesota or New England...

    1. Did you drive to work today? Did you shower? How long were you in there? Is it a low-flow head? Do you have non-succulent plants? Did you turn off all the lights when you left home? Are all your bulbs CFLs or LEDs? Do you have solar panels? Wind turbines?

      In other words... how's the view up on your high horse, you hypocrite?

    2. I rode Caltrain, low flow shower head, LED bulbs, live in a mid-rise condo, solar power for common area get the point, so yes, I will judge and say this is a stupid idea for a state that is in a drought.

    3. Give me a break... we're not going to cancel an event that is a key part of the San Jose holiday culture to save a marginal amount of water.

    4. Caltrain? I rode my bike to work. You should be ashamed.

  2. Omg 3" of ice is going to drain the reservoirs!! What will the state do?? And the electricity, it's going to overload the grid to use the equivalent of 50 refrigerators!! We're doomed!! Now if you'll excuse me I'm going to take out the trash, clean up all the mess from my steak dinner and ride the diesel train to work at a tech company that makes silicone microchips.