Downtown for the Holidays

Get ready to skate: Hawaiian Airlines / Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice, presented by Sobrato Organization, opens Nov. 18 through Jan. 16 at the Circle of Palms, 120 S. Market St.

Yamaguchi, the 1992 Olympics figure skating champion, will take part in an opening celebration at 5 p.m. on Nov. 23. The public is welcome to attend.

Family and friends, along with fellow ice skaters can enjoy the beautifully lit palm trees for an unforgettable experience.

“My kids ask me, is that the place with the palm trees? And when I tell them yes, they race to the car,” said Yamaguchi.

The website has daily hours. In general, during November and early December, 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. Special hours apply during Thanksgiving. During the winter break, the rink will be open 11 a.m.-midnight daily.

Admission is $15 for children 10-under and $17 for skaters 11-older. Those who bring their own skates will be admitted for $10. A $50 season pass, other discounts and details are at The rink phone number is (408) 610-4055. Parking information is at

Downtown Ice is located within steps of Christmas in the Park displays, which opens Nov. 25.

Santa Run adds ‘character:’ Downtown Ice and Christmas in the Park are beneficiaries of the TiVo Santa Run Silicon Valley, a five-kilometer run/walk through downtown in the late afternoon of Dec. 18 as holiday lights take hold on the center city.

The festivities begin at 1 p.m. when participants come dressed in holiday character. Favorite costumes are of Santa, Mrs. Claus, the Grinch, reindeer, elves and trees. A costume contest, corporate team challenge and photo booth with the Grinch are new this year. Kids’ runs for 2-to-7-year-olds starts at 2:20 p.m. Everyone else takes off at 3 p.m. Entry fees are $12 for the kids’ dashes and $35 for the 5K.

The race is put together by Silicon Valley Leadership Group, which also produces the Turkey Trot on Thanksgiving Day. This year, racers receive a discount for registering for both races. Register at

More November Downtown for the Holidays events Nov. 4, 11, 18 – Downtown Farmers’ Market Nov. 4, Dec. 2 – South First Fridays Nov. 11 – Veteran’s Day Parade Nov. 23 – Winter Wonderland opens Nov. 24 – Applied Materials Silicon Valley Turkey Trot Nov. 25-27 – Harvest Festival art and craft show