A local institution since 1956, Winter Lodge is the place to go if you’re looking for a cozy ski-lodge vibe in the middle of Silicon Valley. The lodge itself offers a central fireplace, festive decorations and hot cocoa, while the outdoor ice skating rink features a large Christmas tree at its center.
3009 Middlefield Road (at Towle Way), Palo Alto. Sep 26th–Apr 15th. 3pm–5pm daily; for morning and evening opening times, check details on website. $11. Skate rental $5. winterlodge.com