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:
Icebreaker Opening Ceremony | Wednesday, November 7, 2018 | 9:30-10:00 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. The ceremony will feature local celebrities and festivities, and additional activities to be announced at a later date.
Learn to Skate | 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
Flashback Fridays | November 9, December 14 & January 11 | 6:00-7:30 p.m. and 8:00-9:30 p.m.
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 23, 2018 | 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Drag Queens on Ice | Thursday, December 6, 2018 | 8:00-9:30 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 ninth 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 13, 2018 | 6:00-7:30 p.m. and 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 then have the ability to choose one of three stations to listen to as they skate the night away.
Polar Bear Skate: The San Francisco Edition | Tuesday, January 1, 2019 | 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 kick-off 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.