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:

Opening Celebration
Wednesday, November 2 | 9:30 – 10:00 a.m.

The ice rink will open with all the festive fanfare befitting our icy paradise. Twirl in for this special San Francisco event that includes a performance from Disney’s THE LION KING and an appearance by the San Francisco Giants’ lovable Lou Seal. Usher in the ice skating season with us.

Learn To Skate presented by Kaiser Permanente
Saturday, November 5  | 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. – Sign up here
Sunday, November 6 | 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. – Sign up here
Saturday, December 3 | 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. – Sign up here
Sunday, December 4 | 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. – Sign up here
Saturday, January 7  | 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. – Sign up here
Sunday, January 8  | 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. – Sign up here

New to ice skating? Join us for free skate lessons courtesy of Kaiser Permanente. Learn fundamentals from our 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.

Simba Saturdays
Every Saturday in November and December | 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. & 8:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Have a roaring good time when you skate during Simba Saturdays, complete with magical gold rink lighting and songs from Disney’s THE LION KING live musical soundtrack!

Tots On Ice presented by SFGATE
Tuesday, November 8 | 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. & 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, December 13 | 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. & 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, January 10 | 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. & 12:00 – 1:30 p.m.

Special sessions for our littlest of skaters! We invite parents and caregivers to bring children aged 3 – 6 for this charming San Francisco event – a fun and age-appropriate ice skating adventure.

Support for Tots on Ice comes from The Mommy Files on SFGATE. The Mommy Files is a constantly updated local source of parenting ideas written just for Bay Area families. Click here to read more: www.sfgate.com/moms

Flashback Fridays
Friday, November 11 | 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. & 8:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Friday, December 9 | 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. & 8:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Friday, January 13 | 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. & 8:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Bust out your best 80s garb and get ready to flashback with iHeart80s @ 103.7 personalities. Grab your neon, pull out the scrunchies and shoulder pads and pull on your parachute pants; special prizes will be handed out the best 80s getups.

Drag Queens on Ice presented by Alaska Airlines
Thursday, December 8 | 8:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Fierce, fabulous and always cool, Bay Area drag queens return to the ice for this wildly popular annual event. Over the top, outrageous and the most entertaining spectacle on blades, this performance guarantees to make audiences of all ages laugh and dance. Sore cheeks from smiling for 90 minutes straight included. A truly glittering and glamorous San Francisco event.


Silent Night Skate Party
Thursday, December 15 | 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. & 8:00 – 9:30 p.m.

Boogie across the ice at our first-ever silent disco! Skaters will sport wireless headphones and listen to one of three channels available via the headphones during the 6 p.m. & 8 p.m sessions! WILD 94.9 will be live in the mix with Magic Matt and 106 KMEL and iHeart80sRadio will be on the other two channels. Silent Night Skate Party is powered by Silent Storm Sound System which provides silent disco equipment rentals for headphone events across the country.


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

Join us for our own icy take on this Canadian New Year’s tradition. Skaters of all ages are invited to don their bathing suits, grab their sunnies and glide into 2017 at the ice rink in Union Square. Plush polar bear hats will be given to the first 100 skaters dressed to participate in our Polar Bear Skate “Best Ensemble” contest, and amazing prizes will be awarded to contest winners.


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