For a cool day (or night) of fun with friends and family, head over to Downtown Ice in San Jose, the one-of-a-kind circular skating rink in the Circle of Palms Plaza. This year you can save on the ticket price with the discounts listed below for the winter season. You won’t need a coupon or promo code to get this savvy deal. You can print tickets at home and go. (See date/hour schedule at the bottom of this page.)
Located in the heart of downtown San Jose, the rink is at its best after dark when lights twinkle off the 32 palms and stars shine from overhead.
The South Bay’s largest seasonal outdoor skating rink, produced by the San Jose Downtown Association, partners with Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation and routinely attracts more than 100,000 people each season.
WHAT: San Jose Downtown Ice. (See discount offers below.)
DEAL: San Jose Downtown Ice Discount Tickets often available (I’ll post the next deals here).
WHEN: The season runs December through January every year.
WHERE: Downtown Ice, 120 S. Market Street, San Jose CA 95113 (between the San Jose Museum of Art and the Fairmont Hotel).
OTHER WAYS TO SAVE:
- Transit discount — $2 off with valid VTA, Light rail or Bus pass to Paseo de San Antonio Station. (Not valid with other deals).
- Aloha Fridays – $10 admission at the gate if you dress Hawaiian on the designated date.
- Parking — You’ll find the closest and most convenient parking to Downtown Ice at The Fairmont Plaza Garage (just off W. San Fernando Street between Market and First streets, next to the San Jose Museum of Art). Or you can find $5 flat-rate parking after 6pm in city-owned lots and garages. After 6pm and all day Sat/Sun, you can get your parking stub validated if you visit one of the participating business and park the rest of the night for FREE in city-owned garages. Visit sjdowntownparking.com for more information.
- Special Day for Kids — You can meet Sharkie at the ice rink on Dec.7 and Jan 4 between 4-5 pm.
- Skate Rentals — Bring a couple pairs of socks in case your rental skates don’t fit perfectly. You might want to wear old shoes since you’ll be leaving them while you skate.
- Food — Here’s a nice list of downtown San Jose restaurants near the rink. Note: They don’t let you bring food into the rink area.