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Holiday Ice Skating Rink: Opening Day 2019 Ceremony | Union Square

Wednesday, November 6, 2019 - 9:30 am to 10:00 am | Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch

Union Square Park | Geary and Powell, San Francisco, CA


Holiday Ice Skating Rink at Union Square | 2019

The Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square celebrates on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines will open with a special ceremony to “Break the Ice” and kick off the holiday ice skating season. Ice skating season runs from November 6, 2019 to January 20, 2020.

Union Square Ice Breaking Ceremony
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 | 9:30 am – 10 am
Union Square, San Francisco
FREE to watch

The ceremony will feature local celebrities and festivities, and additional activities to be announced at a later date.

> Free Weekend Skating Lessons: Registration link will be active 1-week in advance starting 11/2  –  Kaiser Permanente invites skaters with little to no experience to the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines to learn from professional skate instructors every weekend. Lessons are free (including skate rental) to those who sign up in advance. Every Saturday & Sunday from 8;30am to 9:30am (Check-in 8:15am). Space is limited to 50 participants per day.

About the Union Square Holiday Ice Rink
Ticket prices are $18 for regular admission including skate rental and $13 for children eight years old and under. Ice skate and hockey locker rentals are $3. Ice rink hours are from 10 am – 11:30 pm daily. – Buy Tickets to Skate

2019 Ice Rink Schedule & Special Events

Learn to Skate presented by Kaiser Permanente
Every Saturday & 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. Please note the RSVP link for 2019 will be active starting 11/2 and only 1 week in advance.

Space is limited to 50 participants per day.


Flashback Fridays presented by iHeart80s @ 103.7

November 8, December 13 & January 10 | 6:00-7:30 p.m. and 8:00-9:30 p.m.

The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines 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 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!


Macy’s Tree Lighting Celebration

Friday, November 29, 2019 | 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Join us for the lighting of the City’s most recognized Christmas tree standing 83-feet tall and watch the ceremony while you skate! Free to Watch the ceremony, but tickets required if you’d like to skate


Drag Queens on Ice Presented by Alaska Airlines

Thursday, December 5, 2019 | 8:00-10:00 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 tenth consecutive year. Free to Watch but tickets required if you’d like to skate

If you are interested in participating, please complete and submit the application.
Drag Queens on Ice Talent Application


Silent Skate Party

Thursday, December 12, 2019 | 6:00-7:30 p.m. | 8:00-9:30 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 can choose one of three stations to listen to as they skate.


Polar Bear Skate: The San Francisco Edition Event

Wednesday, January 1, 2020 | 2:00-3:30 p.m.

The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines 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. Free to Watch but tickets required if you’d like to skate

The Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square celebrates on Wednesday, November 6, 2019. The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines will open with a special ceremony to “Break the Ice” and kick off the holiday ice skating season.

Ice Breaking Ceremony
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 | 9:30 am – 10 am
Union Square, San Francisco
FREE to watch

The ceremony will feature local celebrities and festivities, and additional activities to be announced at a later date.

> 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 $18 for regular admission including skate rental and $13 for children eight years old and under. Ice skate and hockey locker rentals are $3. Ice rink hours are from 10 am – 11:30 pm daily.

2019 Ice Rink Schedule & Special Events

Learn to Skate presented by Kaiser Permanente
Every Saturday & 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
November 8, December 13 & January 10 | 6:00-7:30 p.m. and 8:00-9:30 p.m.

The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines 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 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!


Macy’s Tree Lighting Celebration
Friday, November 29, 2019 | 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Join us for the lighting of the City’s most recognized Christmas tree standing 83-feet tall and watch the ceremony while you skate!


Drag Queens on Ice Presented by Alaska Airlines
Thursday, December 5, 2019 | 8:00-10:00 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 tenth consecutive year.

If you are interested in participating, please complete and submit the application.
Drag Queens on Ice Talent Application


Silent Skate Party
Thursday, December 12, 2019 | 6:00-7:30 p.m. | 8:00-9:30 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 can choose one of three stations to listen to as they skate.


Polar Bear Skate: The San Francisco Edition Event
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 | 2:00-3:30 p.m.

The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines 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.


Event Details


Cost: FREE*
*Free to watch
Categories: **Annual Event**, *Top Pick*, Fun & Games, Kids & Families, Sports & Wellness
Address: Geary and Powell, San Francisco, CA

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