Downtown Ice is a  Silicon Valley holiday tradition that features a centrally located and festively decorated ice rink that people of all ages can enjoy.

Olympic Gold Medalist figure skater Kristi Yamaguchi, her Always Dream Foundation andHawaiian Airlines also return for the seventh year to promote the family-oriented event .

“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 circular rink is nestled between the Fairmont Hotel and the San Jose Museum of Art. It is just across the street from Christmas in the Park. The lighting effect of twinkling lights wrapped around the palms, spotlights bouncing off the milky ice and stars overhead create an unforgettable skating experience.

An expected 50,000 skaters and thousands more spectators will visit the rink as part of their holiday celebrations in downtown San Jose.

For most of November and early December, the rink is generally open 5-9 PM weeknights, 5 PM – midnight on Friday, noon-midnight on Saturday and noon-10 PM Sunday. During the busiest time of the season, December 15 – January 1, the rink opens earlier in the day. Visit www.downtownicesj.com for more in more information.

The rink is produced by the San Jose Downtown Association, which represents business and property owners and works to enhance downtown’s vitality

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