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SF’s Holiday Ice Skating Rink: Opening Day 2021 Ceremony (Union Square)

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Wednesday, November 3, 2021 - 9:30 am to 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
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Union Square Park | Geary and Powell, San Francisco, CA

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SF’s Holiday Ice Skating Rink at Union Square (2021-22)

One of San Francisco’s favorite holiday tradition returns for the 2021-22 holiday season. Since 2008, The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square has delighted children and adults with its holiday-themed ice park located in Union Square.

Enjoy ice skating in San Francisco’s iconic plaza surrounded by festive lights and the sights and sounds of the season.

The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink In Union Square
November 3, 2021–January 17, 2022
333 Post Street, San Francisco, Union Square
Tickets are $19 with skate rental included in the cost of admission*

Ice rink hours are from 10 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., daily.

*Some special events have ticket prices ranging from $25-75

Novices and naturals alike will love the outdoor ice skating experience in the middle of beautiful San Francisco. The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink’s roster of events includes the highly anticipated Drag Queens On Ice, Flashback Fridays, and Polar Bear Skate.

2021 Ice Rink Schedule & Special Events


Wednesday, November 3, 2021 | 9:30-10:00am

The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square will open with a festive ceremony to kick off the holiday ice skating season. With special on-ice performances, local celebrities and merriment for the whole family, you won’t want to miss this day!


Wednesday, November 3, 2021 | 10am to 11am
FREE to you must win tickets

Funcheap hosts an exclusive event with free ice skating for the very first session of the 2021-22 season on opening day November 3, 2021 from 10am to 11am. We’ve got 75 free passes to giveaway. Enter to win free ice skating on Funcheap.com and on Instagram


Every Saturday & Sunday (except Christmas Day and New Year’s Day) | 8:00-9:00am
RSVP (Free)

Kaiser Permanente invites skaters with little to no experience to The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square 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. All registered skaters must check-in no later than 7:30 am or spot will be released to another guest.


November 12, December 10 & January 14 | 7:00 pm and 8:30 pm sessions
Free to Watch / Purchase Tickets to Skate

The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square celebrates more than 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 80s+@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!


Thursday, December 2, 2021 | 7:00pm to 9:30pm
Free to Watch / Purchase $75 Tickets to Skate

The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square 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 11th consecutive year.


Thursday, December 9, 2021 | 7pm and 8:30pm sessions
Purchase $25 Tickets to Skate

The popular Silent Skate Party returns to The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square 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 can choose one of three stations to listen to as they skate.


Saturday, January 1, 2022 | 2:30-3:30pm
Free to Watch / Purchase $25 Tickets to Skate

The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square welcomes skaters of all ages to the return of San Francisco’s take on the popular Canadian tradition. In this version, ice skaters are encouraged to put on their bathing suit, grab their shades and “take the plunge” in the ice rink for this New Year’s Day Union Square tradition. 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.

Disclaimer: Please double check event information with the event organizer as events can be canceled, details can change after they are added to our calendar, and errors do occur.

Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch
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Address: Geary and Powell, San Francisco, CA