The weather outside is hardly frightful, but that doesn't mean we're not ready for the holiday season's ice-cold attractions.
New this year in San Francisco is the Winter Park at Civic Center, which opens this month right across from City Hall and the Asian Art Museum. Modeled after the internationally-famed Wiener Eistraum ice-skating rink in Vienna, Austria, the winter wonderland comes complete with 100x60-foot ice rink and dozens of illuminated trees. Along with adding a third ice rink to the city, the new attraction includes a 400-foot skating track (for those who really want to zoom) which winds through the lighted tree forest.
The park will officially open on Friday, November 30 with an inaugural celebration featuring a guest appearance from Sunnyvale-born Olympic champion skater Brian Boitano, a live DJ, family-friendly activities, and more. Throughout the season, the Winter Park will also host iHeart Wednesdays, weekly themed dance parties on the ice, and a HolidayBreaker, an early-morning yoga sesh on the ice. Learn to Curl sessions will happen every Sunday in December and mark your calendar for the holiday tree lighting on December 5.
The Winter Park will be open daily from noon–10pm from November 30 through Sunday, January 6, 2019. Tickets are $15–$20, and include skate rentals. Public school child (grades K–12) in the Tenderloin get into the park free of charge. Tickets can be purchased at winterparkicerinksf.com or at the ice rink ticket window (355 McAllister St).