Ice Skating Information at Union Square Ice Rink

A holiday tradition, ice skating in Union Square promises to bring a smile to everyone’s face and delight you and your skating partners – big and small, young and old. Join us for festive, fun ice skating in Union Square from November 7, 2018, until January 21, 2019. Plan your visit to the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines – the coolest place to be this winter!

Ice Skating In Union Square


Ice rink hours are from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., daily. Ice skating sessions in Union Square begin every even hour and last for 90 minutes:

10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
12:00 – 1:30 p.m.
02:00 – 3:30 p.m.
04:00 – 5:30 p.m.
06:00 – 7:30 p.m.
08:00 – 9:30 p.m.
10:00 – 11:30 p.m.

Please note that we close at 9:30 p.m. on December 31, 2018. Check our calendar of events for any closed sessions.


General Admission Including Skate Rental – $18
Children (Eight and Under) – $13
Locker Rental $3

Purchase tickets now on Eventbrite, our official ticketing partner!

Online ticket sales are limited, but same-day tickets are available at the ice rink ticket window beginning at 9:45 a.m. Tickets sell fast, so we recommend you arrive early or click here to purchase online.

A portion of ticket proceeds generously benefit the community through the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department.


Rent skates for $6. Figure and hockey skate sizes range from toddler’s size 8 to adult’s size 15. You may also bring your own ice skates.

Rent a Skate Helper for $6. For beginning skaters under 48″ with skates on we offer Skate Helpers, penguin-looking tools that glide with the skater along the ice and help with balance and control. For safety considerations Skate Helpers are rented at the discretion of Rink Management.  Skaters must be able to stand on their own and push the Skate Helper by themselves.


Lockers may be rented for $3 and are large enough to hold a couple of pairs of shoes, a medium-size handbag and a few small purchases.

Bathrooms are located in the Union Square Parking Garage. Since skates may not be worn outside of the ice rink, we recommend you use the facilities before skating.


Group Rates: applicable Monday through Thursday from 11/7/18 to 12/20/18 and from 1/7/19 – 1/17/19:

Groups of 15 or more: $0.50 discount per person

Groups of 25 or more: $1.00 discount per person

Groups of 75 or more: please visit our corporate events page for more information.

Private Parties – Available on select Mondays and Tuesdays during the 6PM & 8PM sessions. On or before 12/18/18: $3050 for the 6PM session and $4050 for the 8PM session. Rates for private parties in January: $2250 for the 6PM session and $2850 for the 8PM session. Sessions not open to public if sold to a private party.


Get your card today and earn rewards points every time you visit! Register your card here to get entered to win prizes awards awarded bi-weekly.

  • At 10 stamps earn “Preferred Guest” title and two free passes to the rink
  • At 20 stamps earn “Platinum Status” title and free locker use with each subsequent visit through the end of the season
  • At 30 stamps earn “Red Carpet” title and “skip the line” access through the end of the 2016-17 season
  • At 40 stamps earn “VIP” title and VIP access to the 2017 Tree Lighting Event and access to a private skate session on Saturday, November 25, 2017 from 9-10 AM.


We remain open in light to moderate rain but may close in heavy and sustained rain at the discretion of Ice Rink management. 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.


As with most activities in San Francisco, the key to comfortable ice skating in Union Square is to wear layers; the temperature on the ice may range from chilly to warm, depending on the time of day, the number of skaters and the amount of energy one exerts. Mittens and hats always help. We do sell both mittens and socks if you need them.


Located at 333 Post Street in San Francisco, our ice rink sits in the heart of Union Square near the corner of Geary and Powell Streets. Numerous transportation options are available, and we encourage environmentally-friendly considerations such as walking, biking, riding Muni, taking BART or ridesharing.

Drive: If driving, signs lead to Union Square from most area freeways. Area parking garages provide plentiful parking options.

Walk: If walking from North Beach or Chinatown, take Grant Street south through the Chinatown gate to Maiden Lane, then turn right.

Bike: Bike paths are located nearby on both Market Street and Post/Sutter streets. Nearby parking garages offer bike parking.

Public Transit: If taking public transit, the SFMTA’s transit trip planner provides the most comprehensive schedules and routes for all options, including:

  • BART from the East Bay or southern San Francisco. Exit at the Powell Street station
  • San Francisco Muni bus lines 2, 3, 38 and 38R and 76X stop at Union Square
  • Powell-Mason and Powell-Hyde cable car lines stop in Union Square
  • San Francisco’s historic trolley car “F” line stops nearby at Market and Powell Streets
  • Take Caltrain to the San Francisco 4th & King stop, transfer to Muni bus line 30 or 45 & get off at Stockton/Sutter

Fly: If flying to San Francisco to enjoy the magical holiday tradition of ice skating in Union Square, book with our sponsor, Alaska Airlines, for the best service and fares!


For a dining experience, visit our sponsoring restaurant John’s Grill. Located a quick two block walk from the ice.


Parc 55 and Hilton
Skate, Shop & Stay

Featured from November 1, 2017, through January 15, 2018, the Hilton San Francisco Union Square’s Holiday Skate Package starts at only $149 per night for a Standard King Room. Rates are based on double occupancy (registered adults), and includes:

  • Accommodations
  • Two ice rink tickets
  • Bloomingdale’s shopping benefits that include 15% off savings certificate*, signature gift with purchase**, complimentary package delivery to hotel
  • At Your Service personal shopping appointment and/or beauty consultation (to be facilitated through Bloomingdale’s)

*See certificate in-store for details and restrictions.

**Limit one per guest with $500 minimum purchase.

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Grand Hyatt San Francisco

Bed and Breakfast for Two. Rise refreshed an ease into your day at Grand Hyatt San Francisco. There is no need to rush. Enjoy a freshly prepared breakfast just for you, when you’re ready to make a move.

With our Bed and Breakfast for Two Package, you’ll enjoy:

  • Full Breakfast
  • 2:00pm Late Checkout

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Hotel Rex

Hotel Rex is offering a cutting-edge package for your San Francisco winter holiday.
Package includes:

  • 15% off best available rate
  • 2 Tickets to the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines
  • 2 complimentary drink tickets to warm up at The Library Bar

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CLIFT San Francisco

Toe loop into winter at the CLIFT San Francisco. Celebrate the holidays in the beautiful city of San Francisco. Includes two tickets and skate rentals to the Safeway Holliday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines, complimentary Market Buffet Breakfast for children, early check in and late check out and an upgrade. Valid November 7, 2016 until January 16, 2017.

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Galleria Park Hotel

Double Your Stay, Park (Skate) and Save!

  • 15% off BAR
  • Comp Parking
  • 2 admission tickets with skate rentals to Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines

Rate code: C-ICES
Promo code: HOLIDAY

Two night minimum length of stay. Fully pre-paid. Non-Refundable.

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Should you need additional information about the Union Square ice skating experience, please contact us at 415-781-2688. We look forward to celebrating the season with you at our winter wonderland, the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines!

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