Skaters will once again glide under the palm trees of Downtown Ice, an outdoor rink set between the San Jose Museum of Art and Fairmont Hotel in downtown San Jose, Nov. 2013-Jan. 2014. (Google Map) Olympic Gold Medalist figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, her Always Dream Foundation and Hawaiian Airlines also return for the fourth year to help promote the seasonal holiday tradition.
“I am humbled and honored to be associated with this iconic rink,” said Kristi Yamaguchi, Olympic figure skating gold medal winner, at Downtown Ice skating rink’s 2011-12 opening ceremony. “This location is wonderful and so family-friendly with all the museums and holiday activities nearby. I really enjoyed Christmas in the Park as a child, and now it’s so nice to skate among the tall buildings.”
The skating star finds the circular rink featuring four portals linking a trail around the 32–tree Circle of Palms with the inner nucleus “the best designed and most innovative outdoor skating rink I have ever seen.” The lighting effect of twinkling lights wrapped around the palms, stronger spotlights bouncing off the milky ice and stars overhead create an unforgettable skating experience.
More than 40,000 skaters and thousands more spectators are expected to visit the rink as part of their holiday celebrations in downtown San Jose.
Downtown Ice is in its 18th season overall and tenth year under the palms. For most of November and early December, the rink is generally open 5-9 p.m. weeknights, 5 p.m.-midnight on Friday, noon-midnight on Saturday and noon-10 p.m. Sunday. During the busiest time of the season, Dec. 15-Jan. 1, the rink will generally open at 11 a.m. and close at midnight.
The rink is produced by the San Jose Downtown Association, which represents business and property owners and works to enhance downtown’s vitality and livability.