Boardwalk Holiday Ice Skating at the Beach
Boardwalk Holiday Ice
Ice skating on real ice
holiday memories
Holiday Ice Fire Pit
Fire Pit Areas for Groups

Boardwalk Holiday Ice

November 16, 2019 - January 5, 2020

Celebrate this holiday season with a new family tradition — ice skating at the Boardwalk!

Festivities Include:

  • Ice Skating by the Beach—on Real Ice!
  • Select Boardwalk Rides and Games
  • Indoor Arcades, Mini Golf, and Laser Tag
  • Delicious Boardwalk Treats
  • Classic Holiday Movies
  • Festive Crafts
  • Holiday Lights and Decorations
Family ice skating at the Boardwalk

Ice Skating by the beach!

Our 32' x 90' covered ice skating rink is open rain or shine!

Each 1-hour session includes ice skate rental.

Ice Skating Session Schedule PDF

Reservations for ice skating recommended.

Ice Skating

$14.95 + tax

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Ice Skating + MyBoardwalk Card Combo

Includes ice skating and a $20 MyBoardwalk card.

$29.95 + tax

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On-site ticketing opens 30 minutes before the first session.

Season Pass Member Special

Show your Season Pass when you come to ice skate and get a FREE $5 MyBoardwalk Card with purchase of an ice skating session!

Family ice skating at the Boardwalk

Learn to Curl

Slide. Shoot. Sweep. Learn to curl and play a game with the Granite Curling Club.

Monday Nights: Nov. 25, Dec. 2 & 9 from 6pm-7pm
20 Person Capacity

$20 per person + tax


Reserve today by calling the Season Pass/Group Services Office at (831)423‑5590 x2415.

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Ice Skating FAQs

Helpful info for planning your ice skating visit!

About the Rink

  • The REAL ICE rink is 32’x90’, covered with a canopy.
  • Located in the Boardwalk’s Main Entrance Plaza in front of the Pirate Ship ride.
  • Capacity is 75 people per session.

What to Expect

Please plan to arrive approximately 30 minutes prior to your session to allow time for will-call, waivers, and skate pick‑up.

Session tickets can be purchased online OR at a Main Entrance ticket booth window inside the plaza. We highly recommend booking in advance.

Pre-purchased tickets can be picked up at a Main Entrance ticket booth window by showing email confirmation and picture ID.

Skate Pick-up & Return
Skates can be picked up at the red ice skate booth located near the rink (they can be picked up no more than 30 minutes prior to your scheduled session). Please drop them off at the conclusion of your session.

Ice Skate Changing
A black rubber floor is near the entrance to the rink (skates shall not be worn outside of this area). Guests can store shoes under benches or in a limited number of cubbies provided. Lockers are available for valuable items. The Boardwalk is not responsible for any lost or stolen items.

Ice Skate Sessions
An announcement will be made when each session begins. Throughout the session there will be a Boardwalk Ice Attendant stationed at the entrance of the rink to help enforce the Skater Code of Conduct. Boardwalk First Aid will also be open during sessions.


  • Each skater must have an adult (18 or older) fill out and sign a risk waiver.
  • Download and print out the waiver and bring it completed for quicker service, otherwise blank waivers will be available at the ticket booth when you purchase or pick-up your tickets.

Skate Rental

  • Ice skates are included with a purchase of a session.
  • Skate sizes available from toddler 8 to men’s 13.
  • If skates are not returned, a replacement fee of $100/pair will be charged.
  • You can bring your own skates, but will still need to purchase an ice skating session and fill out a waiver.

Session Delays or Cancellations

  • The covered rink is scheduled to be open rain or shine; however, for guest safety, if the condition of the ice becomes compromised, sessions may be delayed or canceled.
  • In the event of session delays or cancellations, the Boardwalk will contact guests using the phone number provided at the time of reservation.
  • In the event of an ice rink closure, rain checks will be offered. No other exchanges or refunds are permitted.

Beginner Skaters

  • Boardwalk Holiday Ice welcomes skaters of all skill levels!
  • Slower skaters are encouraged to use the wall and stay on the outer edge of the rink. There will be a limited number of "walkers" available on a first-come-first-served basis. Sorry, there are no double blade skates available.
  • Feel free to bring helmets and/or wrist guards from home.

Reservable Seating

  • There are two reservable oceanfront fire pits.
  • These areas have a fire pit, 8 Adirondack chairs, and two umbrella picnic tables.
  • Groups can reserve these areas in advance.
  • If you are reserving within 48 hours, contact Group Services directly at (831)423-5590 x2415.

Other Questions

  • How much is parking? Parking at the Boardwalk is $10/vehicle, no in-or-out privileges.
  • Can I just buy one ticket for rides, games, AND skating? We are offering an Ice Skating + MyBoardwalk Card Combo that will get you ice skating and your choice of rides, games, arcades, or attractions.
  • Is Holiday Ice open every day? No. Check operation calendar for hours.
  • What is open during ice skating? See the Fun & Food section below for details on rides, arcades, games, movies, and kids craft activities.
  • Do you have discounts for Holiday Ice? We are offering Ice Skating plus a $5 MyBoardwalk Card for $14.95 for groups of 15+.

Fun, Food & Activities

The following Boardwalk locations are open during Boardwalk Holiday Ice hours.

Rides, Games & Attractions

Purchase MyBoardwalk cards or wristbands to enjoy!

  • At least 5 rides open, plus others depending on the day.
  • Games: Pitch-In, Ring Toss, Santa for the Save, Snowball Blast, Woody Racers and Skeeball—with holiday-themed prizes.
  • Miniature Golf
  • Laser Tag
  • Boardwalk Bowl
  • Neptune's Kingdom Arcade
  • Casino Arcade
  • Captain's Game Deck with pool, ping pong, air hockey, and lounge.

Check the calendar for operating hours
*Please call (831) 423-5590 the day of your visit to confirm which rides and games are open. Sorry, no rides are open on November 18-21, 25, December 2-5, or 9-12.

Festive Food

  • Barbary Coast (Inside Neptune's Kingdom) -  Deli sandwiches, salads, turkey legs, cheeseburgers, corn dogs, garlic fries, fruit cups, ice cream, and s'mores kits.
  • Cafe Espresso (Inside Neptune's Kingdom) - Special holiday drinks! Featuring Santa Cruz Roasting Company Coffee and Ghirardelli Chocolate. Enjoy gourmet espresso blends, frappes, lattes, mochas, masala chai, bubble tea, crème fruit blends, muffins, and bagels.
  • Cruzin' Crepes (Across from Double Shot) - Delicious made-to-order crêpes, with your choice of delicious sweet or savory fillings! Try the oreo peppermint crepe for a limited time only! Also serving a wide selection of boba and fruit teas.
  • Pizza Now! (Across from Double Shot)- Pizza, breadsticks, nachos, churros, cotton candy, kettle corn, popcorn, and hot cocoa.
  • Surf City Grill (near Carousel) - Donuts, corn dogs, deep-fried artichoke hearts, popcorn, soft pretzels, hot chocolate, and other beverages.


Share the tradition of these nostalgic short films.

Admission free!

6pm-9pm at the Neptune's Stage (near the Pirate Ship)

  • 6pm & 8:30pm: A Charlie Brown Christmas (1965)
  • 6:30pm: How the Grinch Stole Christmas (1966)
  • 7pm: Rudolf the Red-Nosed Reindeer (1964)
  • 8pm: Frosty the Snowman (2000)

Holiday Activities

  • Visit with Santa! Take a holiday photo or join Santa for story time. Saturdays and Sundays November 30-December 22, plus Friday, November 29 and Monday-Tuesday, December 23-24 from 2pm-7:30pm.
  • Enjoy magical snowfall at the Main Entrance at the top of each hour
  • Festive caricatures
  • Capture the moments with plenty of fun photo opportunities
  • Write a letter to Santa and enjoy holiday crafts


Curling Details

  • In the one-hour session, there will be 30-minute instruction—learn to slide, shoot, and sweep—then play a game for the final 30 minutes.
  • All equipment will be provided.
  • Granite Curling Club will have two instructors working in two groups of 10.
  • Wear warm, comfortable, loose clothing (no jeans) and sneakers (no heels). Skates are NOT worn for this sport.
  • Recommended for ages 10+.
  • Reserve today by calling the Season Pass/Group Services Office at 831-423-5590 x2415. Check-in at the Season Pass/Group Services Office.

Oceanview Fire Pits

Cozy up around your own private fire pit overlooking the beautiful Monterey Bay!

Gather your crew and kick back in comfort with a cup of hot chocolate after an evening of ice skating or a holiday train ride. Fire pit areas are conveniently located near the arcades and kids craft area. Perfect for a birthday party, family gathering, or corporate holiday party!


  • One hour exclusive use fire pit area (8 Adirondack chairs, 2 picnic tables)
  • 8 regular hot chocolates


Optional add-ons include s'mores, Boardwalk attractions, and ice skating.

Reserve Today! Call (831) 423‑5590 x2415 or email

Group Packages

Bring your group for a wonderful holiday get-together and save on ice skating and exclusive party packages!

Group Discounts

Perfect for groups of 15+

Party Packages

Exclusive fire pits, food and more!

Boardwalk Holiday Ice Group Discounts

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