Opening ceremony with Kristi Yamaguchi Nov. 23, 5:30 p.m.
SAN JOSE – Hawaiian Airlines / Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice begins its 17th season overall and ninth in the Circle of Palms on Nov. 16. More than just an ice skating experience, Downtown Ice represents making memories and building traditions with family and friends.
“I am humbled and honored to be associated with this iconic rink,” said Kristi Yamaguchi, 1992 Olympic figure skating gold medal champion, who partners with her Always Dream Foundation and the San Jose Downtown Association.
With Hawaiian Airlines as title sponsor, Downtown Ice skaters have embraced the traditional “aloha” spirit of Hawaii. Skaters twirl and glide around circular outdoor rink and 32 palms that twinkle with holiday lights.
For those looking for a warmer experience, Downtown Ice and Hawaiian Airlines have combined on airfare discounts to the islands. Go to apps.hawaiianairlines.com/Affiliate/Booking.aspx
The Fairmont San Jose, adjacent to the rink, is offering a special holiday overnight package. Available through Dec. 30, the package starts at $149 and includes anight in a Fairmont guest room, two anytime passes to Downtown Ice, two Winter Wonderland wristbands good for unlimited rides for a day, and a concession voucher at Christmas in the Park. (Visit fairmont.com/san-jose/special-offers/hotel-offers/celebration/downtown-san-jose-for-the-holidays-package/)
Downtown Ice attracts 45,000 skaters and twice as manyspectators. Christmas in the Park will attract another 400,000 people.
Yamaguchi describes Downtown Ice as “the best designed and most innovative outdoor skating rink I have ever seen.”
The rink is open daily through Jan. 13, 2013. Admission is $13 for children 10 and younger and $15 for everyone else, skate rental included.
A number of promotions are scheduled throughout the rink run. For example, on five Tuesdays, those who bring their own skates will skate for free.
The rink is produced by the San Jose Downtown Association. Hawaiian Airlines, Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation, Wells Fargo Bank, Skanska, Alpine Meadows / Squaw Valley, San Jose Mercury News and Valley Transportation Authority are major sponsors.
Hawaiian Airlines / Kristi Yamaguchi Downtown Ice skating details
When: Open daily Nov. 16-Jan. 13 (weather permitting)
Nov. 16-Dec. 14* and Jan. 6-13
Monday-Thursday: 5-9 p.m.
Friday: 5 p.m.-midnight
Sunday: noon-9 p.m.
Dec. 15-Jan. 5*
Daily: 11 a.m.-midnight
Nov. 22, Thanksgiving: 2 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Nov. 23, Day after Thanksgiving: noon – midnight
Dec. 25, Christmas: 2 p.m. – midnight
Dec. 31, New Year’s Eve: 11 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Jan. 1, New Year’s Day: 2 p.m. – midnight
Opening Ceremony – With Kristi Yamaguchi and emceed by NBC Bay Area’s Marla Tellez on 5:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 23
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.
Admission: Children 10-younger: $13; 11-older: $15
Admission includes skate rental and ice time
Discounts: Several specials and discounts are available in November, early December
and January (check website; some restrictions apply):
- VTA light rail or bus pass holders
- San Jose arts patrons
- SJDA Downtowner Online weekly email blast subscribers
- SJDA Downtown Discover Card holders
- Santa Run Silicon Valley participants (Dec. 16)
- City Council District nights on Dec. 10-11
- Downtown employees and San Jose hospitality industry employee discounts on five Mondays
- Free skating on five Tuesdays to those who bring their own skates
- College student discounts on five Wednesdays
- Six Hawaiian Airlines Aloha Fridays – dress Hawaiian
- Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare followers
- Holiday Hat Trick – combination ticket to Downtown Ice, San Jose Museum of Art and The Tech Museum
- Downtown for the Holidays overnight stay at the Fairmont San Jose, including tickets to the rink, Christmas in the Park concessions voucher and passes to Winter Wonderland
Info: Web site: www.sjdowntown.com
SJDA’s event line: (408) 279-1775
Rink phone: (408) 291-0525 (operational Nov. 18 – Jan. 29)
Hawaiian Airlines – www.hawaiianair.com
Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation – www.alwaysdream.org
Wells Fargo Bank – www.wellsfargo.com
Skanska – www.skanska.com
Alpine Meadows / Squaw Valley – www.skialpine.com / www.squaw.com
San Jose Mercury News – www.mercurynews.com
Valley Transportation Authority – www.vta.org