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 rink hours are from 10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m., daily.

90 minute sessions start on every even hour:

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

Please note that we close at 9:30 p.m. on December 31, 2018 (New Year's Eve). Check our calendar of events for any closed sessions.


General Admission Including Skate Rental: $18
Children (8 and Under): $13
Locker Rental: $3
Skate Helper: $6

Purchase tickets online at 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 purchase online.

A portion of ticket proceeds generously benefit 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.

Rent a Skate Helper for $6.
For beginning skaters under 48” in height 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.

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.


Applicable Monday through Thursday from 11/7/18 to 12/20/18 and from 1/7/19 – 1/17/19

  • 15 or more - $0.50 discount per/ person
  • 25 or more - $1.00 discount per/ person
  • 75 or more - see Private Parties below

Private Parties:

Available on select Mondays and Tuesdays during the 6PM & 8PM sessions.

On or before 12/18/18: $3,050 for the 6PM session and $4,050 for the 8PM session.

Rates for private parties in January: $2,250 for the 6PM session and $2,850 for the 8PM session.

Sessions are not open to the general public if sold to a private party.


Get your card today and earn rewards points every time you visit! Receive one stamp for each paid ice skating session.

Register your card here to get entered to win prizes 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 2018-19 season
  • At 40 stamps earn “VIP” title and VIP access to the 2018 Tree Lighting Event two free ice skating sessions.


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.


Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc 55 San Francisco

Holiday Skate, Shop & Stay Packages
Ideal for those that want convenient access to shopping, theater productions and the Union Square Holiday Ice Rink, both Hilton San Francisco Union Square and Parc 55 San Francisco – A Hilton Hotel are your home away from home during the holidays.

Featured from November 7, 2018 through January 21, 2019, the Hilton San Francisco Union Square’s Holiday Skate, Shop & Stay Package starts at only $220 per night for a Standard King Room. Based on double occupancy, this offer is available for two people and includes accommodations, two ice rink tickets and special offer from Bloomingdale’s.

Click here for the Holiday Skate, Shop & Stay Package at Hilton San Francisco Union Square!

Also featured from November 7, 2018 through January 21, 2019, the Parc 55 San Francisco’s Holiday Holiday Skate, Shop & Stay Package starts at only $220 per night for a Standard King Room. Based on double occupancy, this offer is available for two people and includes accommodations two ice rink tickets and special offer from Bloomingdale’s.

Click here for the Holiday Skate, Shop & Stay Package at Parc 55!


Grand Hyatt San Francisco

Galleria Park Hotel


Hotel Triton

Details coming soon.

Hotel Zoe

As the holidays draw closer, Hotel Zoe, Fisherman’s Wharf is gearing up to celebrate with a collection of offerings that will create lasting memories. Hotel Zoe’s Holidays On Ice package includes two tickets to San Francisco’s premier festive attraction, the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square, an elevated hot chocolate bar in the lobby to warm up on return, as well as free valet parking and a 2pm late check out to encourage guests to enjoy every last minute of their time in San Francisco. Hotel Zoe will also play host to a number of special festive offerings, guests can purchase Miette Gingerbread House kits complete with all the necessary fixings to build and decorate your very own masterpiece, guests can even order Christmas trees on demand from The Guardsmen Christmas Tree Lot. Hotel Zoe is the perfect choice to enjoy the holiday season this year.

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The Bai Holiday Ice Rink Pershing Square presented by Bai offers the quintessential winter activity in the heart of beautiful downtown Los Angeles. Surrounded by art, lively activity and the impressive city skyline, our outdoor ice rink lets you enjoy entertainment and ice skating in Los Angeles under the sun and stars.

Open daily starting November 18, 2018, until January 21, 2019, you won’t want to miss this magical winter wonderland that promises to delight all ages.

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