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Union Square’s Ice Rink is Back

It’s opening day at the Union Square Ice Rink with lots of fun events for Winter 2017
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The Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square celebrates with special ceremony on Wednesday, November 1, 2017. The ice rink will open with all the festive fanfare befitting the icy paradise. Twirl in for this special San Francisco event and enjoy the fun.

Ice Breaking Ceremony
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Union Square, San Francisco
FREE to watch

To kick off the holiday ice skating season, there will be a special performance of “A Whole New World,” by Bay Area native Adam Jacobs (Aladdin) and Isabelle McCalla (Jasmine) from Disney’s Aladdin.

> Free Weekend Skating Lessons: Join for free skate lessons (with registration) and learn fundamentals from pros and improve your confidence – and up the fun factor – on the ice. Available for ages 3 to 300, lessons will last 30 minutes and skaters will then have 30 minutes to free skate and practice their skills.

About the Union Square Holiday Ice Rink
Ticket prices are $12 for regular admission and $7 for children eight years old and under. Ice skate and hockey skate rentals are $6. Ice rink hours are from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. daily.

2017 Ice Rink Schedule & Special Events

Ice Rink Birthday Celebration
Friday, November 3, 2017 | 10 a.m.—11:30 p.m.

To commemorate ten years of outdoor skating at the quintessential San Francisco location, Willy Bietak Productions invites residents and visitors of San Francisco to an all-day celebration featuring free ice skating, performances and birthday treats. Complimentary admission and skate rental will be available from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. on Friday, November 3. The celebration will include performances by some of San Francisco’s favorite arts organizations.

*Free skating slots subject to availability.

Arabian Nights: Disney’s Aladdin theme skate
Every Wednesday | 6—7:30 p.m. and 8—9:30 p.m.

The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines is excited to announce “Arabian Nights”, Disney’s Aladdin-themed skate sessions every Wednesday this holiday season. Guests will imagine themselves on a magic carpet ride as this unique new event will feature special purple rink lighting and music from the Aladdin Original Broadway Cast Recording

Aladdin is performing November 1, 2017 – January 7, 2018 at SHN’s Orpheum Theatre.

Learn to Skate presented by Kaiser Permanente
Every Saturday and Sunday | 8:30—9:30 a.m.

Kaiser Permanente invites skaters with little to no experience to the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines to come learn from professional skate instructors every weekend. Lessons are free (including skate rental) to those who sign up in advance.  Space is limited to 50 participants per day.

Flashback Fridays presented by iHeart80s @ 103.7
Friday, November 10, 2017; Friday, December 8, 2017; Friday, January 12, 2018 | 6—7:30 p.m. and 8—9:30 p.m.

Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines celebrates a decade of outdoor ice skating by throwing it back to the musical hits of everyone’s favorite decade—the ‘80s—at “Flashback Fridays.” On the second Friday of each month, these special sessions feature iHeart80s @ 103.7 personalities on-hand spinning hits by Duran Duran, Pat Benatar, Madonna, Lionel Richie, and more.

Skaters are encouraged to don their favorite legwarmers and unitard, and come party at this totally tubular event.

Drag Queens on Ice Presented by Alaska Airlines
Thursday, December 7, 2017 | 8—9:30 p.m.

The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines is never more fabulous than during one of the City’s most popular events of the holiday season—Drag Queens on Ice. Watch some of San Francisco’s fiercest Bay Area drag queens lip-sync and skate the night away for the eighth consecutive year.

Silent Skate Party
Thursday, December 14, 2017 | 6—7:30 p.m. and 8—9:30 p.m.

The popular Silent Skate Party returns to the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines for one night only. A silent disco on ice, Silent Skate Party transports guests from the bustling Union Square to a skate dance party like no other. Headphones will be provided to all skaters, who then have the ability to choose one of three stations to skate to.

Vice on Ice
Wednesday, December 20, 2017 | 8—9:30 p.m. and 10 – 11:30 p.m.

DJ Vice returns to San Francisco for a special debut performance at the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines. Glide around the ice to Vice’s genre-bending, high-energy sound under the stars in the heart of San Francisco. DJ Vice has been named one of “America’s Best DJs,” and he is a regular at some of the hottest clubs across the country, performing for sold-out audiences.

Polar Bear Skate: The San Francisco Edition Event
Monday, January 1, 2018 | 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.

Join us for our own icy take on this Canadian New Year’s tradition. Skaters of all ages are invited to don their bathing suits, grab their sunnies and glide into 2018 at the ice rink in Union Square. All skaters are invited to ring in the New Year in their chicest, wildest, and most inventive beach attire in hopes of walking away with prizes, awarded on theme, originality and overall appearance.