Special Events in Union Square in San Francisco

Calendar of Events

Enjoy festive, only in San Francisco events this season at the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines. Ranging from the traditional to the eccentric, our entertaining holiday skating events reflect the true spirit of San Francisco and offer something for everyone.

Join the merrymaking at one – or many – of our special San Francisco events:

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.


Don’t miss out on the fun! Grab your skates and your squad and visit us for our unique San Francisco ice skating events.