When does the ice rink open?
The rink will re-open November 2015!
Hours are 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. (except on December 31, when we close at 9:30 p.m.)
How long is each session?
Each session is 90 minutes and starts on every even hour.
How much are tickets?
Tickets are $11 for general admission and $7 for children eight and under. Skate rental is $6.
How do I purchase tickets?
You can buy them at the Ice Rink ticket window, or online by clicking here.
Mobile App + Virtual Queue
Take advantage of our mobile app, providing visitors with ice rink information directly on their smart phones. The app has special offers, incentives and most importantly, acts as a “virtual queue”. The “virtual queue” let’s you explore Union Square instead of standing in line! The mobile app can be downloaded through iTunes and GooglePlay App Stores.
What happens if it rains?
We will remain open in light to moderate rain, but may close in heavy sustained rain at management’s discretion.
Will refunds be given in the event of rain?
Sorry, no refunds or rain checks will be issued for tickets purchased at the door, but rain checks will be honored for tickets purchased online in advance. Tickets sell fast so we recommend purchasing early or for a future date!
Can I rent the rink for a private party?
Yes. For private parties: www.unionsquareicerink.com/private-parties.
Can I bring my own skates?
Of course! However, if you do need to rent them, the fee is $6 & we have sizes ranging from toddler’s 6 to men’s 14.
What assistance is available for a child that doesn’t know how to skate?
We are proud to provide Skate Helpers for the development of our beginner skaters. Skate Helpers are available Monday through Friday between 10:00 AM and 2:00 PM and Saturday & Sunday during the First Session of the day and may only be rented when the total number of skaters on the ice is under 75.
Skate Helpers are only for skaters under 4 Feet tall (48”). Skaters must be able to stand on their own and push the Skate Helper by themselves and MAY NOT be pushed by another skater while using the Skate Helper.
How do I get there?
The rink is located on the corner of Geary and Powell, in the heart of Union Square.
If you’re driving, signs lead to Union Square from most area freeways. Walking from North Beach or Chinatown, take Grant Street south through the Chinatown gate to Maiden Lane and turn right.
On BART from the East Bay or southern San Francisco, get off at Powell Street station. San Francisco Muni bus lines 30 and 45 go there, as do the Powell-Mason and Powell-Hyde cable car lines, and historic trolley car “F” line stops nearby at Market and Powell. Tip: if you’re taking public transit, use the city’s transit trip planner.
I’m from out of town. Where can I stay?
Enjoy a stay at one of our wonderful hotel sponsors: The Westin St. Francis, The Grand Hyatt San Francisco, Hotel G, CLIFT San Francisco, Galleria Park Hotel, Hotel Rex, or Hotel Carlton.
Places to Stay: Hotel Packages
Westin St. Francis – Ice skate amidst all of the holiday magic under the festive Union Square holiday tree at the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink with the Westin St. Francis Ice Skating Package. Guests will enjoy overnight accommodations, admission for two to the ice rink with skate rentals, and two cable car passes. Rates start at $189 per night. Valid November 5, 2014 – January 8, 2015. Based upon availability.
Grand Hyatt – Enjoy your holiday festivities in style at Grand Hyatt San Francisco, as you celebrate the wintertime spirit at the Safeway Holiday ice rink. The Glide Around the Square Package includes overnight accommodations at the Union Square hotel, breakfast buffet for two at OneUP Restaurant, and admission for two the ice rink (including skate rentals). Offer valid 11/15/2014 to 1/19/2014 and reservations are subject to availability.
Hotel G – Celebrate Winter in the City with Hotel G’s Winter Walk Package! Includes Deluxe Accommodations, Union Square Holiday Ice Rink Tickets (Max of 4), 10% off at Café Klyde, Macy*s Shopping Pass, and a Map of Fun Holiday Sites in Union Square. Valid November 7, 2014 until January 19, 2015 and subject to availability.
Clift Hotel - Celebrate the holidays with the whole family with the Holiday Skate & Shop Package at the Clift! Package includes Accommodations, 2 Ice Skating Tickets, a Westfield Passport to Savings, 25% Off Dinner in the Velvet Room, 2 Adult Cocktails, 2 Kids drinks in Living Room, and Complimentary high speed internet access. Valid November 7, 2014 until January 10, 2015 and subject to availability.
Galleria Park Hotel – Skate, stay, and be merry at Galleria Park Hotel, located near San Francisco’s Union Square Ice Rink. This Holiday Package includes Accommodations at Galleria Park Hotel, two tickets and two skate rentals at the Union Square Ice Rink (up to $34 value), Passport to Savings at Westfield San Francisco Centre (up to $1,000 value), and Complimentary valet parking. Subject to availability.
Hotel Rex - Skate, stay, and be merry at Hotel Rex, located near San Francisco’s Union Square Ice Rink. This Holiday Package includes: Accommodations at Hotel Rex, Two tickets and two skate rentals at the Union Square Ice Rink (up to $34 value), Passport to Savings at Westfield San Francisco Centre (up to $1,000 value), and Complimentary valet parking. Subject to availability.
Hotel Carlton - Skate, stay, and be merry at Hotel Carlton, located near San Francisco’s Union Square Ice Rink. This Holiday Package includes Accommodations at Hotel Carlton, Two tickets and two skate rentals at the Union Square Ice Rink (up to $34 value), Passport to Savings at Westfield San Francisco Centre (up to $1,000 value), and Complimentary valet parking. Subject to availability.
Around the Square with Yelp
Yelp is a great resource to check out businesses nearby while you’re planning your visit to Union Square! Check out reviews below:
“This place is super cute. Great design, good location, comfortable bed (all white=clean). It’s not super fancy, but it’s well done, clean and we had nice service, I’d definitely recommend it.” Jenn K., Seattle WA
CLIFT San Francisco:
“Wow, This is a great place. The decor is unusual but still very cool.
We arrived late Friday but welcomed extremely well. The bar and restaurant are extremely nice (the price reflects this). The room was very clean also. Excellent stay!” Robert M., Stockton CA
Galleria Park Hotel:
“The staff us super nice and helpful. The hotel itself is clean and chic. The rooms are fairly nice and they look remodeled. The beds were fairly comfy and we loved the pillows we slept on. They also offer complementary wifi.” Stacey L., Belmont CA
“Really wonderful hotel. Nicely-sized room in a primo location, fun literary theme throughout. What made our stay truly special was the staff. Told Jeff it was a special occasion and he got us a great room, stocked before we arrived with a birthday card and wine. Will be staying here again and recommending it to others.” Marie B., San Francisco CA
“Really cute hotel (lobby, elevators, floor space) and rooms (plus bathroom). Location is great as its near tons of bars and restaurants on Polk. Staff was great!” Angela L., Sacramento CA
The Westin St. Francis:
“Love the space. It’s like you’ve been transported to a time in history where things are grand. The hotel staff are super delightful and the rooms are so adorable. Our room has an adorable chandelier that rocks the space with sexiness. It’s in the heart of Union square where you can walk right outside to the fashion district of San Fran and shop til you drop.” Nando R., Brooklyn NY
“My husband and I take out of town relatives and family here. Love the ambience and the food is good. The prices are a bit high for what you get but let’s face it, it’s San Francisco !!! It a nice place for a good dinner!!” Cathy K., Stockton CA
Grand Hyatt San Francisco:
“My fiancé and I stayed here for 2 days on an ‘engagement moon’. The lobby is really neat looking and the rooms are also gorgeous. I guess my fiancé had mentioned at check in that we were newly engaged and when we cam back to our room in the afternoon, they had brought wine and the most gorgeous fruit you can imagine. I was really touched by that as it was very special. The valet’s were extremely nice, always helpful and friendly. It can be a little bit tricky when you pul up to the hotel as you are on a busy street but it’s manageable. We unfortunately didn’t visit the roof as there was a wedding. The gals in the coffee shop were also so friendly and nice. Really loved staying here and would chose them again.” Siobahn E., Los Angeles CA
“La Boulange is on my way to school so I decided to stop by for early breakfast. Every worker behind the counter was so helpful and genuine. I didn’t know how it worked if you wanted to dine in so I looked kind of confused but they were really patient and inviting. Coming back here again! Also a nice place to do your homework on the wide wood tables.” Jennifer G., Union City CA
Union Square Garage
333 Post Street (open 24 hours a day)
Sutter Stockton Garage
444 Stockton Street (open 24 hours a day)
5th and Mission Garage
450 Sutter Garage
450 Sutter Street
Marriott Union Square Garage
480 Sutter Street (entrance on Powell Street)
Hearst Parking Center (Self Park)
45 3rd Street (between Kearny St. and Market St.)
Jessie Square Garage (Self Park)
223 Stevenson Street (between 3rd St. and 4th St.)
We encourage visitors to Union Square to consider green transportation options: walking, bicycling, riding Muni and ridesharing in a taxi or private automobile.
The following public transportation lines and routes serve the Union Square area:
Powell-Hyde or Powell-Mason cable cars, 2, 3, 38, 38L; nearby 5, 6, 8x, 9, 9L, 21, 27, 30, 31, 45, 71, 71L, F, J, K, L, M, N, S, T.
Bike paths and routes are located nearby on both Market Street and Post/Sutter streets. Bike parking is available at the following locations: Union Square Garage, Sutter Stockton Garage, 5th & Mission Garage, Hearst Parking Center, and Jessie Square Garage.
Flying in to San Francisco to skate with us? Make sure to book with our sponsor, Alaska Airlines, for the best service and price!