San Ramon: Downtown Kristi Yamaguchi Holiday Ice Skating Rink Offers Only Outdoor Rink in Tri-Valley | New

It’s almost that jolly time of year when holiday cheer and magic are in the air, and to celebrate the season, City Center Bishop Ranch is hosting a variety of holiday-themed events to ring in the new Year.

Headlining the Tri-Valley’s first – and only – outdoor rink, San Ramon’s shopping and lifestyle center will celebrate the season by decking out in sparkling decorations and hosting a number of community activities festive, from November 15. with the inauguration of the “Patinoire Kristi Yamaguchi Holiday Ice Skating Rink” – named after the Olympic gold medalist in the valley.

Other community events include the big second annual Tree Lighting Celebration, Selfies with Santa and the One Warm Coat donation campaign.

“City Center Bishop Ranch’s holiday celebration events are a great opportunity for the communities of San Ramon and East Bay to come together during this season of giving,” said Alexander Mehran, Jr., President and CEO. management of Sunset Development Company, owner of City Center. Bishop Ranch. “We are grateful to be able to spread good cheer and hope to provide every visitor with a memorable vacation experience.”

The Kristi Yamaguchi Holiday Ice Skating Rink will open on November 15 and will be available to residents until January 5.

The 4,100 square foot rink is named after Kristi Yamaguchi of East Bay, Olympic gold medalist in women’s figure skating in 1992, who will kick off the grand opening with a few words.

A portion of ticket sales will benefit Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation, which serves underserved children by helping them “achieve their dreams through innovative reading programs and promote the importance of early childhood literacy.” “Downtown officials said in a statement.

“The East Bay is incredibly special to me. I am proud and lucky to call it my life’s home and to have been able to raise my children there,” said Yamaguchi, who is an Alamo resident herself. “I am thrilled with the opening of the rink at City Center Bishop Ranch. I hope this helps get the community into the holiday spirit while raising awareness for the Always Dream Foundation and our mission to fight childhood illiteracy.

To break the ice and really start the rink off on a fun note, the grand opening will also include a choreographed holiday skating performance titled “An Icy Christmas” by Polina Edmunds – the 2016 U.S. silver medalist – performed with young upcoming local skaters, including Yamaguchi’s daughter, Emma Hedican.

The Grand Opening Ceremony will take place at 5 p.m. on November 15.

The Kristi Yamaguchi Holiday Ice Skating Rink will be open Monday through Thursday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.

Ticket prices are $12 per skater, $10 for skaters 4 and under, and $5 for skate rentals. Students with valid ID can receive free weekday skate rentals before 5:00 p.m. during non-holiday hours only. The rink is also available for private party rentals online, learn more at

Then, in the spirit of the Charity Holidays, on November 15 and 22, the town center will hold its One Warm Coat Drive to collect warm winter clothing for those in need.

A great opportunity to clear out the closet and donate to Contra Costa County’s most vulnerable residents, One Warm Coat is a San Francisco-based charity that has partnered with City Center Bishop Ranch who will place bins of donations throughout the center for guests to drop off on gently used coats and financial donations.

The first 100 people to donate a coat each night will receive a free ticket to the Kristi Yamaguchi Holiday Ice Skating Rink.

On Nov. 22, Tri-Valley residents are invited to one of the center’s biggest events of the year, the 2nd Annual Tree Lighting Celebration, which is free to attend and will include a number other special events.

Attendees will not only be able to witness the illumination of the center’s large tree — which officials say will contain nearly 14,000 lights and ornaments — and the surrounding area, but will also be lulled by live music and performances by Pride and Joy, the Monte Vista High School Marching Band and San Ramon Voices.

“The festivities will also include hot cocoa and cider stations provided by Williams-Sonoma, face painting and crafts, and culminate in the lighting of a 50-foot Mount Shasta tree,” said downtown officials.

The second annual tree lighting celebration will take place from 5 to 8 p.m. on November 22 in downtown Alexander Square.

Additionally, the celebration will feature the return of the hugely popular “Selfies with Santa” which will feature old Saint Nick greeting visitors in Alexander Square for a photo and to hear their holiday wishes.

Santa Claus will take time out of his busy holiday schedule to meet downtown visitors every Saturday and Sunday from 1-6 p.m. throughout the holiday season.

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