Skip to content

Cool Links


A holiday tradition, ice skating in Union Square promises to bring a smile to your face and delight to all who visit—big and small, young and old. Join us for festive, fun ice skating in Union Square from November 3, 2021, until January 17, 2022.

Plan your visit to The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square–the coolest place to be this winter!


Ice rink hours are from 10 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., daily.

60 minute sessions start every 90 minutes:

10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.
4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
7:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
8:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
10:00 p.m. – 11:00 p.m.

Please note that we close at 9:30 p.m. on December 31, 2021. Check our calendar of events for any closed sessions.


General Admission Including Skate Rental: $19
Locker Rental: $5
Skate Helper: $6


Note: Tickets must be purchased online, as there will be no on-site ticket sales, allowing the entire ticketing process to be touch-free.

The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square has a “No Refund Policy”. It does provide for refunds in very limited circumstances only – when a session is canceled or there is an extraordinary circumstance. If a refund is issued, it will not include the Convenience Fee.

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


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

For beginning skaters under 48 inches tall, we offer Skate Helpers: Penguin & Polar Bear Helpers that glide with the skater along the ice and help with balance and control. Skaters must be able to stand on their own and push the Helper by themselves. Others cannot push them.

For safety considerations, Skate Helpers cannot be rented to anyone taller than 48". They may be paid for rink side or at the Cashier Window for $6.


Lockers may be rented for $5 and are large enough to hold a couple of pairs of shoes, a medium-size handbag and a few small purchases.

Restrooms 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 putting on skates.

For your convenience, you may also purchase gloves or socks for $3 each.


Private parties are available on select Mondays and Tuesdays during the 5:30pm & 7:00pm sessions. On or before 12/14/21: Rate for private party is $4750. Rates for private parties in January: $3750. Sessions are not open to the public if sold to a private party.



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.

If a manager determines that the ice is un-skateable due to inclement weather or has suspended skating due to hazardous conditions (storms, lightning), rain checks may be issued upon request as follows.

  • Rain checks expire 60 days from the date of issue and are only valid for the 2021-22 ice rink season
  • Rain checks will be issued when the ice rink becomes un-skateable due to extreme weather or dangerous conditions such as lightning, high winds or standing water on the ice.
  • Ice rink reserves the right to determine when these conditions warrant closing of the ice rink and whether or not rain checks are to be issued
  • Rain checks cannot be replaced if lost or stolen
  • Rain checks will be issued for admissions, lockers, and skate helpers only
  • Rain Checks will only be issued because of inclement weather or emergencies requiring skater(s) to leave immediately


As we continue to keep a close eye on the latest COVID-19 developments, we are working to ensure that The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square is safe and accessible for our guests. We will follow all county, city, state and CDC guidance and adjust our operations as needed. Please note, all attendees, 12 and older, to the ice rink in San Francisco must provide proof of vaccination. Entry requirements do not apply to children younger than 12, who aren’t yet eligible to be vaccinated. You can download and read our entire COVID-19 Safety Protocol.


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. Gloves and hats always help. We do sell both gloves 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 south of 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


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


Marriott San Francisco Union Square
Join us as we celebrate the magic of the season with this special holiday package that is sure to create lasting memories. Enjoy ice skating with your loved ones surrounded by twinkling lights and festive decorations at the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square, only one block from the hotel.

Our special holiday package includes:

  • Premier accommodations
  • Admission tickets to the Union Square Ice Rink
  • Complimentary ice skate rentals

Click here to book!


HotelG interior roomHOTEL G
Escape to the heart of the city this holiday season! Our Skate + Stay package includes overnight accommodations plus 2 complimentary tickets to the Union Square Ice Skating Rink. Book one of our Premium Rooms for additional savings. This promotion is subject to availability. Stay dates: November 3 through January 17, 2022.

To book, click here and use booking code SKATE.


Glide across the ice with friends and family, and spend the night in the heart of San Francisco’s Union Square. Package includes 1 ice skating ticket per registered occupant per stay. Use offer code SATC21. Ice rink admission tickets will be given to guests upon arrival at the hotel. Guests must make ice skating reservations and redeem tickets in person at the Union Square Ice Rink ticket office.

Booking dates: October 4 through January 14, 2022. Stay dates: November 12 through January 17, 2022. Cancellation policy: 72 hours.


HotelG interior roomGalleria Park Hotel
Find your merry this holiday season in the City by the Bay. San Francisco is something extra special during the holidays, and we can't wait for you to unwrap the city's gifts. Experience the magical Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square, an urban winter wonderland unlike any other. The joy begins November 3 with the rink's opening, and our package includes four ice rink tickets as well as a $20 gift card to Blue Bottle, perfect for post-skating treats. Package includes up to 4 ice rink tickets (skate rentals included) and a $20 gift card to Blue Bottle. Evening Sipping Hour at the hotel and wifi are also included. Warm up to winter at Galleria Park, just steps away from Union Square and all the best in San Francisco's holiday delights.

To book, click here.


Don your skates and kick off this year's holiday season by including an overnight stay at the King George Hotel in Union Square!  Pick up your tickets for the Holiday Ice Rink at check in and receive complimentary holiday chocolates as well.  With our around the corner location at 334 Mason Street, the King George Hotel is the perfect pairing to this already classic holiday tradition. Make your reservation today at or by emailing us at moc.cllrho@snoitavreser or call (415) 781-5050.


The most awarded new play in history returns reimagined to San Francisco’s Curran this January. This spellbinding spectacular will whisk you back to Hogwarts and beyond your imagination for a new adventure with Harry and the next generation of wizards. And now, you can experience it all in just one magical afternoon or evening. People Magazine raves, “You’ll be wondering ‘how’d they do that?’ for days to come!”

Tickets on sale now at

Dear San Francisco: A High-Flying Love Story at Club Fugazi
Club Fugazi reemerges with an acrobatic love letter to the City by the Bay. Created by Bay Area natives, and modern circus collective The 7 Fingers co-founders Shana Carroll and Gypsy Snider, the intimate and immersive Dear San Francisco: A High-Flying Love Story has theatre critics and audiences alike head over heels. "A love letter not just to the city but to the human body" says the San Francisco Chronicle who also gave its highest rating to the new resident production at Club Fugazi.

Come see for yourself! Tickets from $35. Jump in at

Scroll To Top