Sonoma Valley is getting what is believed to be its first-ever ice skating rink this holiday season, thanks to the Ramekins-Cornerstone Foundation.

“Our community has been through the unthinkable,” says Darius Anderson, CEO of Kenwood Investment and Cornerstone Sonoma (and managing partner in Sonoma Media Investments, which owns the Index-Tribune). “Our homes, livelihoods, and lives were threatened by wildfires. Nevertheless, we persisted, and now, our strong, resilient community is recovering and needs our help.”

Anderson said that all profits from the rink will benefit fire victims and relief efforts via the Redwood Credit Union Fire Relief Fund and Rebuild North Bay.

The rink will be an 80-by-50-foot rectangle located in the area on Arnold Drive alongside Cornerstone’s annual snowman exhibit. The annual lighting of the snowmen is scheduled for 4 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 2.

The ice will be real, not synthetic, and it will stay frozen and chilled the whole time – it will be smoothed multiple times daily, according to Cornerstone staff.

The ice rink will open on Saturday, Nov. 25 and stay open for the season until Tuesday, Jan. 2. The rink will be open seven days a week, though closed on Christmas day. Admission to the ice rink is broken into two-hour intervals at $20 for adults and $10 for children, and includes ice skate rentals. Public ice skating hours of operation are:

Monday through Thursday – skate periods from noon to 2 p.m.; and 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Friday – skate periods from noon to 2 p.m.; 2:30 to 4:30 p.m.; and 5 to 7 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday – skate periods from 10 a.m. noon; 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.; 3 to 5 p.m.; and 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Up-to-date operating hours, any rink closures and more details can be found on the Cornerstone Sonoma website at