THE SAFEWAY HOLIDAY ICE RINK IN UNION SQUARE CELEBRATES TEN YEARS OF OUTDOOR ICE SKATING WITH A NEW SEASON OF EVENTS AND HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES

November 1, 2017 — January 15, 2018

SAN FRANCISCO (September 2017) – San Francisco’s favorite holiday tradition, The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines, is celebrating ten years of outdoor ice skating in the bustling and festive locale that is quintessential San Francisco. Featuring new events and holiday festivities, the anniversary season kicks-off on Wednesday, November 1, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. with a fun-filled opening day ceremony, followed by an all-day birthday celebration on Friday, November 3, 2017, where the community is invited to enjoy free ice skating*, a variety of performances, and special birthday treats! The milestone season features the return of favorite holiday traditions, including Drag Queens on Ice (December 7, 2017), Flashback Fridays (November 10, 2017; December 8, 2017; and January 12, 2018), and Polar Bear Skate (January 1, 2018), as well as a lineup up of new events and promotions for all ages. Hailed as one of the “Best Ice Skating Rinks in the U.S.,” by the “TODAY” show, the Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square will remain open through the holiday season, closing on Monday, January 15, 2018.

To commemorate the anniversary and thank the community for its continued support, the ice rink will showcase a San Francisco-based nonprofit partner each week throughout the rink’s ten-week season. Additionally, a portion of this year’s proceeds will benefit the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department. Along with celebrating its own milestone, the Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square will celebrate any birthday that falls between Friday, November 3, 2017 and Monday, January 15, 2018. With valid proof (driver’s license, birth certificate or passport), guests will be able to redeem one free admission and skate rental on their birthday.

The ice rink will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., with the exception of closing at 9:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 31, 2017. Ticket prices for regular admission are $18 and $13 for children eight years old and under, with figure skate or hockey skate rental included in the cost of admission. Advance tickets go on sale Monday, October 23, 2017 at 10a.m. at www.unionsquareicerink.com. Starting Wednesday, November 1, 2017 tickets will also be available at the ice rink ticket window in Union Square Park (333 Post Street in San Francisco). Group rates and private parties are also available at www.unionsquareicerink.com/private-parties.

Says President of Willy Bietak Productions, Willy Bietak, “What started as a fun attraction for the whole family, the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines has evolved into one of the City’s go-to destinations for the holiday season. In ten years, more than 622,000 people have skated at this iconic location, we launched the wildly successful Drag Queens on Ice event, which has hosted more than 40 drag performers, and we’ve helped raise more than $1.1 million for the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department. As a way of saying thank you to this wonderful City that we call home, I am excited to welcome the community to come enjoy ice skating on November 3rd in honor of this milestone.”

After the successful launch last season, Kaiser Permanente is expanding the Learn to Skate program to every Saturday and Sunday at the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink, giving more than 2,400 Bay Area residents with little to no skating experience the opportunity to learn. Professional skate instructors will teach beginner skaters of all ages from 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. every weekend. Seeking to inspire residents to embrace the season while pursuing healthy activities, the lessons are free to those who sign up in advance.

The lineup of special events for the season are listed below. Additional events may be announced at a later date.

Ice Breaker Opening Celebration | Wednesday, November 1, 2017 | 9:30—10 a.m.

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 with a special performance of “A Whole New World,” by Bay Area native Adam Jacobs (Aladdin) and Isabelle McCalla (Jasmine) from Disney’s ALADDIN, which will play a 10-week run at The Orpheum Theatre from November 1, 2017 – January 7, 2018. The event will also feature other special guest appearances including Assembly Member David Chiu and more!

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. Sign up at www.unionsquareicerink.com.

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! We pity the fool who doesn’t attend!

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.

 

Polar Bear Skate: San Francisco Edition presented by SFGATE | Monday, January 1, 2018 | 2—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.

Sponsors

Safeway, Alaska Airlines, Eventbrite, Kaiser Permanente, Macy’s, Union Square Business Improvement District, Disney’s ALADDIN, Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Galleria Park Hotel, Hotel Rex, Grand Hyatt San Francisco, John’s Grill, NBC Bay Area, San Francisco Chronicle, SFGATE, BART, SFMTA, STAR 101.3, 98.1 The Breeze, 106.1 KMEL, iHeart80s @ 103.7, WiLD 94.9, KGO 810 and Telemundo 48

Social Media Links

#unionsquarerink
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Twitter              @UnionSquareRink
Instagram        @UnionSquareRink

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About the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines

Since 2007, the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines has delighted children and adults with a holiday-themed ice park located in San Francisco’s Union Square.  Ticket prices are $18 for regular admission and $13 for children eight years old and under. Figure skate or hockey skate rental are included in the cost of admission. Ice rink hours are from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. daily.  A portion of ticket proceeds benefit the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department.  For tickets or more information, please visit www.unionsquareicerink.com or call 415-781-2688.

About Willy Bietak Productions

Santa Monica-based Willy Bietak Productions is a full-service production company specializing in the development and production of high quality family entertainment. With a staff of award-winning designers, directors, choreographers and musical arrangers – backed by a talented production and management team – Willy Bietak Productions conceives, packages and tours international entertainment spectaculars as well as special events. For more information, please visit www.bietakproductions.com.

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THE SAFEWAY HOLIDAY ICE RINK CELEBRATES A NEW AND EXCITING SEASON OF OUTDOOR ICE SKATING AND HOLIDAY FESTIVITIES AT SAN FRANCISCO’S UNION SQUARE

This Season Marks the 9th Anniversary of San Francisco’s Most Bustling and Festive Holiday Locale

opening-release-2016_2017-final-2SAN FRANCISCO (October 6, 2016) – The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines, a San Francisco holiday tradition, will kick off the ice skating season on Wednesday, November 2, 2016 with an exciting lineup of festive activities for all ages. The ice rink will remain open through Monday, January 16, 2017. The ice rink in Union Square, which the “TODAY” show calls one of the “Best Ice Skating Rinks in the U.S.,” is the premier location for outdoor ice skating amongst the vibrant lights and popular shopping destinations in San Francisco. A portion of this year’s proceeds benefit the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department. Advance tickets go on sale on Monday, October 24, 2016 at www.unionsquareicerink.com. Starting Wednesday, November 2, 2016 tickets will be available at the ice rink ticket window in Union Square Park. Group rates and private parties are also available at www.unionsquareicerink.com/private-parties.

The ice rink will be open daily from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., with the exception of closing at 9:30 p.m. on Saturday, December 31, 2016. Ticket prices for regular admission are $12 and $7 for children eight years old and under. Figure skate and hockey skate rentals are $6.

Kaiser Permanente Skate-o-meter Feature in Mobile App for 2016-2017:

The Kaiser Permanente Skate-o-meter returns to the ice rink mobile app this season allowing skaters at the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines to track their calories burned while skating. The Skate-o-meter is included in the ice rink mobile app available beginning November 2, 2016 through iTunes and GooglePlay App Stores.

Special Events This Season:
The ice rink will host a variety of exciting events perfect for enjoying the holiday season.

Icebreaker: Opening Ceremony | Wednesday, November 2, 2016 | 9 a.m.—10 a.m.
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 with a performance from Buyi Zama, who plays “Rafiki” in the North American touring production of Disney’s THE LION KING, as well as a special guest appearance from the San Francisco Giants’ own Lou Seal. #unionsquarerink

Simba Saturdays | Every Saturday in November and December | 6 p.m.—7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.—9:30 p.m.
The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines is excited to announce that every Saturday this holiday season at the rink will be known as “Simba Saturdays.” This unique new event for 2016-2017 will feature special gold rink lighting and music from Disney’s THE LION KING’s live musical soundtrack. #simbasaturdays

Learn to Skate | First Weekend of the Month | 8:30 p.m.—9:30 a.m.
Don’t know how to skate? Kaiser Permanente is inviting beginner skaters to the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines to come learn from professionals skate instructors on the first Saturday and Sunday of each month. Lessons are free (including skate rental) to those who sign up in advance and complements of Kaiser Permanente. Signups are limited to 50 participants per session, sign up now at www.unionsquareicerink.com. #learntoskate

Tots on Ice Presented by SF Gate | First Tuesday of the Month| 10 a.m.—11:30 a.m. and Noon—1:30 p.m.
Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines is excited to announce that the first Tuesday of each month while the rink is open will feature a special time dedicated to families and children during the 10 a.m. and noon sessions. Parents and caregivers and their young children (ages 3-6) are invited to attend this special holiday event in which the ice rink will dedicate two 90 minute ice skating sessions to create a fun and festive environment for families. #totsonice

Flashback Fridays | Second Friday of the Month | 6 p.m.—7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.—9:30 p.m.
The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines is celebrating the 80’s this season with a special event the second Friday of each month known as “Flashback Fridays.” These special sessions feature iHeart80s @ 103.7 personalities on-hand to spin hits from the ’80s while skaters are encouraged to come party in their ’80s gear for a chance to win prizes. #fbfonice

Drag Queens on Ice Presented by Alaska Airlines | Thursday, December 8, 2016 | 8 p.m.—9:30 p.m.
The fierce, fabulous and talented drag queens of the Bay Area are returning to the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines for what has become one of the City’s most popular events of the holiday season. The enchanting and exciting drag performers are sure to shine in a night full of lip-syncing and lipstick that is guaranteed to make audiences of all ages laugh and dance with #dragqueensonice.

Silent Night Skate Party | Thursday, December 15, 2016 | 6 p.m.—7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. —9:30 p.m.
The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines is excited to announce a brand new event this year known as the “Silent Night Skate Party.” The ice rink’s first-ever silent disco will feature wireless headphones for skaters to wear while skating. Skaters will have the opportunity to win prizes while they listen to any one of the three channels of music available on the headphones including hits from WiLD 94.9. #silentnightskate

Polar Bear Skate: The San Francisco Edition | Sunday, January 1, 2017 | 2 p.m.—3:30 p.m.
The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines is excited to welcome skaters of all ages to the return of San Francisco’s take on the popular Canadian tradition. In this version, however, ice skaters of all ages are encouraged to put on their bathing suit, grab their shades and come to the ice rink to “take the plunge” to join this fun and exciting New Year’s Day Union Square tradition. #polarbearskate

Sponsors
Safeway, Alaska Airlines, Kaiser Permanente, Macy’s, SKANSKA, Eventbrite, Union Square Business Improvement District, Sugar Bowl Resort, Galleria Park Hotel, Hotel Rex, John’s Grill, Grand Hyatt San Francisco, Puccini & Pinetti, CLIFT San Francisco, Disney’s THE LION KING, Cirque du Soleil LUZIA, NBC Bay Area, San Francisco Chronicle, SF GATE, BART, SFMTA, STAR 101.3, 98.1 The Breeze, 106.1 KMEL, iHeart80s @ 103.7, WiLD 94.9, KGO 810 and Telemundo 48.

Social Media Links
#unionsquarerink
Facebook  – Facebook.com /UnionSquareRink
Twitter – @UnionSquareRink
Instagram – @UnionSquareRink

Ice Skating B-Roll Video
To download, please click here and save the video file to your desktop.

About the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines
Since 2007, the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines has delighted children and adults with a holiday-themed ice park located in San Francisco’s Union Square. Ticket prices are $12 for regular admission and $7 for children eight years old and under. Figure skate and hockey skate rentals are $6. Ice rink hours are from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. daily. A portion of ticket proceeds benefit the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department. For tickets or more information, please visit www.unionsquareicerink.com or call 415-781-2688.

About Willy Bietak Productions
Santa Monica-based Willy Bietak Productions is a full-service production company specializing in the development and production of high quality family entertainment. With a staff of award-winning designers, directors, choreographers and musical arrangers – backed by a talented production and management team – Willy Bietak Productions conceives, packages and tours international entertainment spectaculars as well as special events. For more information, please visit www.bietakproductions.com.

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Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Bank of the West Announces the return of Single in the City Presented by The League

SAN FRANCISCO (November 24, 2015) – The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Bank of the West is thrilled to announce the return of San Francisco’s most popular single’s event Single in the City presented by The League on Thursday, December 3 from 8 p.m to 9:30 p.m. The ice rink in Union Square is proudly celebrating being single in the city with an ice skating event for all to enjoy presented this year by one of the hottest dating apps available, The League featuring CEO Amanda Bradford as the event’s co-emcee with the Union Square ice rink’s own Robert Keith.

Bay Area singles are invited to bring their friends and head down to the ice rink for a single’s night mixer that will feature exciting games and music by DJ Von as well as a special VIP lounge for members of The League featuring specialty cocktails from Purity Vodka.

Advance tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by visiting www.unionsquareicerink.com.

“Our goal with The League is to get people to meet – we don’t care if it’s online or offline, as long as they are meeting new people we are happy,” says Bradford. “We love encouraging people to get together to take advantage of the unique things San Francisco has to offer – like an ice skating rink in the heart of Union Square!”

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The Fierce and “Fa-la-la-la-abulous” Drag Queens of the Bay Area Return to the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square Presented by Bank of the West for The 6th Annual Drag Queens On Ice presented by Alaska Airlines!

Donna Sachet to serve as Mistress of Ceremonies 
with special guest Sister Roma of the Order of Perpetual Indulgence

SAN FRANCISCO (November 24, 2015) – The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Bank of the West is thrilled to announce the return of San Francisco’s most fabulous holiday tradition Drag Queens On Ice: Fa-la-la-la-abulous! presented by Alaska Airlines on Thursday, December 10 from 8 p.m to 9:30 p.m. Drag queens will don their most gay apparel for special holiday performances by Mutha Chuka, Paju Munro, Kylie-Pop, Kim ChiChi, BeBe Sweetbriar, and Mahlae Balenciaga with Donna Sachet serving as Mistress of Ceremonies with special guests Queen Dilly Dally and Sister Roma of the Order of Perpetual Indulgence. Advance tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by visiting www.unionsquareicerink.com. All ages welcome.

“This is truly an ‘only in San Francisco’ event! Imagine being surrounded by the best retail stores in The City, busy holiday shoppers, and sparkling decorations all while gliding across the ice in Union Square in your best seasonal drag outfit,” says Sachet, adding, “I’m so pleased to return as the hostess and emcee for this popular evening, and remember, I’ll be the drag queen on the MIC, not on the ICE!”

The fierce and “fa-la-la-la-abulous” drag queens of the Bay Area are returning to the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Bank of the West for one of the City’s most popular holiday events. The wildly exciting drag performers are sure to shine in a night full of lip-syncing and lipstick that is guaranteed to make audiences of all ages laugh and dance.

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Safeway Holiday Ice Rink Returns to Union Square with a New and Exciting Season of Outdoor Ice Skating and Holiday Festivities

Safeway Holiday Ice Rink Returns to Union Square with a New and Exciting Season of Outdoor Ice Skating and Holiday Festivities
San Francisco’s Most Bustling, Festive Holiday Locale Celebrates 8th Anniversary
November 4, 2015 – January 18, 2016

SAN FRANCISCO (September 28, 2015)  – The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Bank of the West, a San Francisco holiday tradition, will kick off the ice skating season on Wednesday, November 4, 2015 with a lineup of jubilant and festive activities for all ages. The ice rink will remain open through Monday, January 18, 2016. The ice rink in Union Square, which the “TODAY” show calls one of the “Best Ice Skating Rinks in the U.S.,” is the premier location for outdoor ice skating amongst the vibrant lights and popular shopping destinations in San Francisco.A portion of this year’s proceeds benefit the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department.

Advance tickets go on sale on Monday, October 26 at www.unionsquareicerink.com. Starting Wednesday, November 4, 2015 tickets will be available at the ice rink ticket window in Union Square Park. Group rates and private parties are also available at www.unionsquareicerink.com/private-parties.

“We are thrilled to return for another great year of ice skating in the heart of San Francisco with memorable festivities and traditions as well as exciting new events,” says Willy Bietak, Safeway Holiday Ice Rink producer and president of Willy Bietak Productions.  “The Ice Rink is a part of the very fabric of the City, and it’s truly a perfect place where everyone from families, couples and friends can expect to be charmed by the festive lights of Union Square and the magic of ice skating in one of the most treasured locales in the country.”

The ice rink will be open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., with the exception of closing at 9:30 p.m. on Thursday, December 31, 2015. Ticket prices for regular admission are $11 and $7 for children eight years old and under. Figure skate and hockey skate rentals are $6.

Kaiser Permanente Skate-o-meter Feature in Mobile App for 2015-2016: The Kaiser Permanente Skate-o-meter returns to the ice rink mobile app this season allowing skaters at the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Bank of the West to track their calories burned while skating. The Skate-o-meter is included in the ice rink mobile app available November 1, 2015 through iTunes and GooglePlay App Stores.

Special Events This Season: The ice rink will host a variety of exciting events perfect for enjoying the holiday season.

Icebreaker: Opening Ceremony | Wednesday, November 4, 2015 | 9:30 a.m.—10:00 a.m.
The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Bank of the West will open with a special ceremony to “break the ice” and kick off the holiday ice skating season with a special performance. #unionsquarerink

Dungeon on Ice | Friday, November 13, 2015 | 8:00 p.m.—10:30 p.m.
The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Bank of the West will host a brand new event for the 2015-2016 season partnering with the cast from the wildly popular The San Francisco Dungeon for a unique “Friday the 13th” spin on the traditional holiday skating outing. The San Francisco Dungeon will also provide complimentary admission tickets, which is a $26 value, for all paying ice rink guests during the specific “Dungeon on Ice” skate period. #dungeononice

Bank of the West Wednesdays | Every Wednesday| 10:00 a.m.—11:30 p.m
Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Bank of the West is excited to announce that every Wednesday this holiday season at the rink will be known as “Bank of the West Wednesdays”, and will include free skate rentals to all patrons plus free admission to all Bank of the West customers. #skatewest

Single in the City: A Single’s Event | Thursday, December 3, 2015 |  8:00 p.m.—9:30 p.m.
The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Bank of the West is celebrating being single in the city for an ice skating event for all singles to enjoy. Grab your single friends and head down to the ice rink for a single’s night mixer!  #singleinthecitySF

Drag Queens on Ice: Fa-la-la-la-abulous! | Thursday, December 10, 2015 | 8:00 p.m.—9:30
The fierce and “fa-la-la-la-abulous” drag queens of the Bay Area are returning to the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Bank of the West for one of the City’s most popular holiday events. The wildly exciting drag performers are sure to shine in a night full of lip-syncing and lipstick that is guaranteed to make audiences of all ages laugh and dance with #dragqueensonice

Polar Bear Skate: The San Francisco Edition | Friday, January 1, 2016 | 2:00 p.m.—3:30 p.m.
The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Bank of the West is excited to bring back the San Francisco take on the popular Canadian tradition. In this version, however, ice skaters of all ages are encouraged to put on their bathing suit, grab their shades and come to the ice rink to “take the plunge” and join this fun and exciting New Year’s Day Union Square tradition.  #polarbearskate

Sponsors: Safeway, Bank of the West, PayPal, Alaska Airlines, Kaiser Permanente, Macy*s, SKANSKA, Marmot Mountain, Sugar Bowl Resort, Union Square Business Improvement District, CLIFT San Francisco, Galleria Park Hotel, Hotel Rex, John’s Grill, Grand Hyatt San Francisco, SFMTA, NBC BAY AREA, The San Francisco Chronicle, BART, STAR 101.3, 98.1 KISS FM, 106.1 KMEL, BIG 103.7, WiLD 94.9, KGO 810 and Telemundo 48.

Social Media Links

#unionsquarerink

Facebook          Facebook.com/UnionSquareRink

Twitter              @UnionSquareRink

Instagram        @UnionSquareRink

Ice Skating B-Roll Video

To download, please click here and save the video file to your desktop.

About the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Bank of the West
Since 2007, the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Bank of the West has delighted children and adults with a holiday-themed ice park located in San Francisco’s Union Square.  Ticket prices are $11 for regular admission and $7 for children eight years old and under.

Figure skate and hockey skate rentals are $6. Ice rink hours are from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. daily.  A portion of ticket proceeds benefit the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department.  For tickets or more information, please visit www.unionsquareicerink.com or call 415-781-2688.

About Willy Bietak Productions
Santa Monica-based Willy Bietak Productions is a full-service production company specializing in the development and production of high quality family entertainment. With a staff of award-winning designers, directors, choreographers and musical arrangers – backed by a talented production and management team – Willy Bietak Productions conceives, packages and tours international entertainment spectaculars as well as special events. For more information, please visit www.bietakproductions.com.

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For more information and additional holiday images, please contact:
James Smith | Charles Zukow Associates | JamesS@charleszukow.com | (415) 296-0677

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The Polar Bear Skate Returns to the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Bank of the West

California-Style Polar Bear Plunge Becomes Tradition in San Francisco’s Union Square

WHAT: The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Bank of the West is putting its own spin on Canada’s “Polar Bear Plunge” with the San Francisco-Style Polar Bear Skate. In this version, ice skaters are encouraged to come in their favorite bathing suit and beach apparel.

WHO: The Public; Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Bank of the West

WHEN: Wednesday, January 1, 2015 from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

WHERE: Union Square, San Francisco.

About the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink

Since 2007, the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink has delighted children and adults with a holiday-themed ice park located in San Francisco’s Union Square. Ticket prices are $11 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. A portion of ticket proceeds benefit the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department. For tickets or more information, please visit www.unionsquareicerink.com or call 415-781-2688.

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Bay Area Drag Queens Return to the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square Presented by Bank of the West for a Night of Lip-Syncing, Lipstick and Lashes with the 5th Annual Drag Queens On Ice: Glitz and Glamour!

Donna Sachet to serve as Mistress of Ceremonies with special guest Sister Roma of the Order of Perpetual Indulgence

SAN FRANCISCO (November 21, 2014) – The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Bank of the West is thrilled to announce the return of Drag Queens On Ice: Glitz and Glamour, San Francisco’s most fabulous holiday tradition presented by Alaska Airlines on Thursday, December 11 from 8 p.m to 9:30 p.m. Drag queens will don their most gay apparel for special holiday performances by Mutha Chuka, Holotta Tymes, Kylie-Pop, Kim Chi Chi, BeBe Sweetbriar, and Mahlae Balenciaga with Donna Sachet serving as Mistress of Ceremonies with special guests Queen Dilly Dally and Sister Roma of the Order of Perpetual Indulgence. Advance tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by visiting www.unionsquareicerink.com. All ages welcome.

“This is truly an ‘only in San Francisco’ event! Imagine being surrounded by the best retail stores in The City, busy holiday shoppers, and sparkling decorations all while gliding across the ice in Union Square in your best seasonal drag outfit,” says Sachet, adding, “I’m so pleased to return as the hostess and emcee for this popular evening, and remember, I’ll be the drag queen on the MIC, not on the ICE!”

The fierce and fabulous drag queens of the Bay Area are returning to the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Bank of the West for an event that is full of “Glitz and Glamour!” Along with a night of spectacular performers, Safeway will be providing Safeway seat cushions to be distributed among attendees during the performances by rink guards. The wildly exciting performers are sure to shine in a night full of lip-syncing and lipstick that is guaranteed to make audiences of all ages laugh and dance with drag queens on ice.

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Safeway Holiday Ice Rink Returns to Union Square for Another Magical Year of Outdoor Ice Skating and Holiday Festivities

SAN FRANCISCO (October, 8, 2014)  – The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Bank of the West, a San Francisco holiday tradition, will kick off the ice skating season on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 with a lineup of jubilant and festive activities for all ages. The ice rink will remain open through Monday, January 19, 2015. The ice rink in Union Square, which the “TODAY” show calls one of the “Best Ice Skating Rinks in the U.S.”, is the premier location for outdoor ice skating amongst the vibrant lights and popular shopping destinations in San Francisco. A portion of this year’s proceeds benefit the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department. Advance tickets go on sale on Monday, October 13 at www.unionsquareicerink.com. Starting Wednesday, November 5, 2014 tickets will be available at the ice rink ticket window in Union Square Park. Group rates and private parties are also available at www.unionsquareicerink.com/private-parties.

“Union Square is the heart of San Francisco, and we are thrilled to return for another great year of ice skating, holiday festivities, and exciting new events,” says Willy Bietak, Safeway Holiday Ice Rink producer and president of Willy Bietak Productions.  “The Ice Rink is a part of the very fabric of the City, and it’s the perfect place for families, couples and friends to make lasting memories and truly enjoy this holiday season.”

The ice rink will be open daily from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., with the exception of closing at 9:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 31, 2014. Ticket prices for regular admission are $11 and $7 for children eight years old and under. Figure skate and hockey skate rentals are $6.

New Kaiser Permanente Skate-o-meter Feature in Mobile App for 2014-2015:

New for the 2014-2015 season at the rink, the Kaiser Permanente Skate-o-meter will allow skaters at the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Bank of the West to track their calories burned while skating. The Skate-o-meter will be a feature included in the ice rink mobile app available Saturday, November 1, 2014 through iTunes and GooglePlay App Stores. 

Special Events This Season:

The ice rink will host a variety of exciting events perfect for enjoying the holiday season.

Icebreaker: Opening Ceremony | Wednesday, November 5, 2014 | 9:30 a.m.—10:00 a.m.

The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Bank of the West will open with a special ceremony to “break the ice” and kick off the holiday ice skating season with a special performance by The San Francisco Tremors Ensemble from the Yerba Buena Ice Skating Center.  #unionsquarerink

Bank of the West Wednesdays | Wednesday, November 5, December 3, and January 7, 2014 | 10:00 a.m.—11:30 p.m

Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Bank of the West is excited to announce that the first Wednesday of each month this holiday season at the rink will be known as “Bank of the West Wednesdays”, and will include free skate rentals to all patrons plus free admission to all Bank of the West customers. #skatewest

Single in the City: A Single’s Event | Thursday, December 4, 2014 |  8:00 p.m.—9:30 p.m.

The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Bank of the West is celebrating being single in the city with an ice skating event for local singles! Grab your single friends and head down to the ice rink for a single’s night mixer!  #singleinthecitySF 

Drag Queens on Ice: Glitz and Glamour | Thursday, December 11, 2014 | 8:00 p.m.—9:30 p.m.

The fierce and fabulous drag queens of the Bay Area are returning to the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Bank of the West for an event that is full of “Glitz and Glamour!” The wildly exciting drag performers are sure to shine in a night full of lip-syncing and lipstick that is guaranteed to make audiences of all ages laugh and dance with #dragqueensonice

Polar Bear Skate: The San Francisco Edition | Tuesday, January 1, 2015 | 2:00 p.m.—3:30 p.m.

The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Bank of the West is excited to bring back the San Francisco take on the popular Canadian tradition. In this version, however, ice skaters are encouraged to put on their bathing suit, grab their shades and come to the ice rink to “take the plunge.” Skaters of all ages are invited to dress for the beach and join this fun and exciting New Year’s Day Union Square tradition.  #polarbearskate 

Sponsors

Safeway, Bank of the West, PayPal, Alaska Airlines, Kaiser Permanente, Macy*s, SKANSKA, Marmot Mountain, Scharffen Berger Chocolate Maker, Narrative, Union Square Business Improvement District, Hotel G, CLIFT San Francisco, Galleria Park Hotel, Hotel Rex, Hotel Carlton, The Westin St. Francis San Francisco, John’s Grill, Grand Hyatt San Francisco, SFMTA, NBC BAY AREA, Telemundo 48, STAR 101.3, 98.1 KISS FM, 106.1 KMEL, BIG 103.7, WiLD 94.9 and KGO 810

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About the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Bank of the West

Since 2007, the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Bank of the West has delighted children and adults with a holiday-themed ice park located in San Francisco’s Union Square.  Ticket prices are $11 for regular admission and $7 for children eight years old and under. Figure skate and hockey skate rentals are $6. Ice rink hours are from 10 a.m. – 11:30 p.m. daily.  A portion of ticket proceeds benefit the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department.  For tickets or more information, please visit www.unionsquareicerink.com or call 415-781-2688.

About Willy Bietak Productions

Santa Monica-based Willy Bietak Productions is a full-service production company specializing in the development and production of high quality family entertainment. With a staff of award-winning designers, directors, choreographers and musical arrangers – backed by a talented production and management team – Willy Bietak Productions conceives, packages and tours international entertainment spectaculars as well as special events. For more information, please visit www.bietakproductions.com.

For more information and additional holiday images, please contact:

James Smith | Charles Zukow Associates | JamesS@charleszukow.com | (415) 296-0677

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San Francisco’s Drag Queens Return to the Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square for a Night of Laughs, Lipstick and Lashes with the 4th Annual Drag Queens On Ice: An Eleganza Extravaganza!

Donna Sachet to serve as Mistress of Ceremonies with special guest Sister Roma of the Order of Perpetual Indulgence.

SAN FRANCISCO (December 04, 2013) – The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines is thrilled to announce the return of Drag Queens On Ice: An Eleganza Extravaganza, San Francisco’s most fabulous holiday tradition presented by Visit Mendocino County on Thursday, December 12 from 8 p.m to 9:30 p.m. Drag queens and kings will don their most gay apparel for special holiday performances by Mutha Chuka, Ana Conda, Holotatt Tymes, Nellie, Kim ChiChi and Mahlae Balenciaga. Advance tickets are now on sale and can be purchased by visiting www.unionsquareicerink.com. All ages welcome.

“As mistress of ceremonies, I will be the drag queen OFF the ice, but ON the microphone!” says Donna Sachet. “I look forward to this special holiday tradition every year, found only in San Francisco!”

Presenting the event is Visit Mendocino County, who will also host a special photo booth for visitors to the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink all day on Thursday, December 12. During the Drag Queens on Ice event, fans will have the opportunity to pose with the marvelous Sister Roma of the Order of Perpetual Indulgence at the Visit Mendocino County photo booth for a small donation. All donations will be matched by Visit Mendocino County, and proceeds will benefit partner charities of the Order of Perpetual Indulgence.

“Visit Mendocino County is honored to present Drag Queens on Ice this holiday season. We’re proud to show Mendocino County’s ongoing commitment to the acceptance and support of the LGBT community by being a part of this fun, festive celebration,” says Scott Schneider, President & CEO, Visit Mendocino County.

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Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines Launches Virtual Queue App

Union Square visitors can holiday shop while waiting in virtual queue for their turn to ice skate.

SAN FRANCISCO (November 26, 2013)  – The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines launched a mobile app during this year’s ice skating season, providing visitors with a virtual queue, special offers from local retailers and ice rink information directly to their smart phones. The virtual queue will enable ice rink patrons the freedom and flexibility to explore Union Square while waiting for their turn to skate. In addition, the app will have special offers and incentives for users including a complimentary beverage from Capital One 360 Café. The app can be downloaded through iTunes (here) and GooglePlay App Stores (here).

“The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square is in the heart of one of the most innovative cities in the world and we want to reflect that culture,” says Willy Bietak, Safeway Holiday Ice Rink producer and president of Willy Bietak Productions. “We wanted to create a memorable holiday experience for Union Square visitors and allowing ice skaters to wait in a virtual queue provides them the opportunity to do their holiday shopping or grab a warm beverage while waiting for their turn.”

The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines, the premier location for outdoor ice skating among the vibrant lights and popular shopping destinations in San Francisco, will be open through Monday, January 20, 2014. The ice rink is open daily from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., with the exception of closing at 9:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 31, 2013. A portion of proceeds benefit the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Francisco and San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department. Patrons can choose to purchase tickets in advance by visiting www.unionsquareicerink.com. Ticket prices for regular admission are $11 and $7 for children eight years old and under. Ice skate and hockey skate rentals are $5. Group rates and private parties are also available.

 

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