SPECIAL EVENTS IN UNION SQUARE IN SAN FRANCISCO
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 Celebration
Wednesday, November 6, 2019 | 9:30-10:00am
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 opening celebration will feature local celebrities, special performances, and festive activities for the whole family.
Learn to Skate: presented by Kaiser Permanente
Every Saturday & Sunday | 8:30-9:30am
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. All registered skaters must check-in no later than 8:00 am or spot will be released to another guest.
Flashback Fridays: presented by iHEART80s
November 8, December 13 & January 10 | 6pm and 8pm sessions
The 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 29, 2019 | 6:00-7:30pm
Join us for the lighting of the City’s most recognized Christmas tree standing 83-feet tall and watch the ceremony while you skate!
10th Anniversary Drag Queens on Ice: presented by Alaska Airlines
Thursday, December 5, 2019 | 8pm to close
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 tenth consecutive year.
Silent Skate Party
Thursday, December 12, 2019 | 6pm and 8pm sessions
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 can choose one of three stations to listen to as they skate.
Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Night
Sunday, December 15, 2019 | 4pm-5:30pm
Join The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines for a magical evening on the ice! During this session, guests will skate to the sounds of the Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, which has recently made its West Coast home at San Francisco’s Curran Theater. Fans are invited to arrive early, as will there will be an exclusive Harry Potter and the Cursed Child giveaway for the first 200 guests!
Alaska Airlines Ugly Sweater Party
Friday, December 20, 2019 | 6pm and 8pm sessions
Don your ugliest sweater and come party at The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines! On Friday, December 20 during the 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. sessions, Alaska Airlines will give out ugly sweaters and other fun surprises. Stay warm and join us on the ice in all of your ugly holiday sweater glory.
Polar Bear Skate: The San Francisco Edition
Wednesday, January 1, 2020 | 2:00-3:30pm
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 ring in 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.
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