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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 6, 2019, until January 20, 2020.

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

SKATING SESSIONS AND HOURS

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, 2019 (New Year's Eve). Check our calendar of events for any closed sessions.


ADMISSION

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.


RENTALS

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" tall, we offer Skate Helpers: Penguin & Polar Bear Helpers that glide with the skater along the ice and helps 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 over 48" tall and are rented at the discretion of the Rink Manager. They may be paid for rink side or at the Cashier Window for $6.


PHOTO MEMORIES

New to The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines this year will be two opportunities for guests to create lasting photo memories. Storibox will provide a green screen with several options of festive backgrounds for guests to choose from, along with an on-site photo retail booth offering digital and print products. Storibox has also developed the Giga Selfie, which will allow guests to take the perfect selfie with custom templates around designated areas of the rink. Available during select sessions and dates.


LOCKERS AND CONVENIENCES

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.


GROUP RATES

Applicable Monday through Thursday from 11/06/19 to 12/19/19 and from 1/06/20 to 1/16/20.

  • 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 12/17/19: $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.


HOLIDAY SPIRIT REWARDS PROGRAM

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 2019-20 season
  • At 40 stamps earn “VIP” title and VIP access to the 2019 Tree Lighting Event two free ice skating sessions.

RAIN POLICY

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.


WHAT TO WEAR

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.


GETTING HERE

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

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!


EATING HERE

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


STAYING HERE

GRAND HYATT

The Grand Hyatt’s Skate Around the Square package includes 2 admission tickets to the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink Union Square and skate rental, 2 hot chocolates and holiday cookies upon arrival. Stay dates: November 6, 2019 through January 20, 2020. Click here to book and enter offer code SATS19.

OMNI SAN FRANCISCO

Thank you for choosing the Omni San Francisco Hotel and booking the Skate, Savor & Stay package! We are delighted to welcome you to this beautiful City by the Bay during this special time of year. Enjoy the Holiday Ice Rink, a holiday tradition in the heart of Union Square! After a day of skating, warm up with a cup of hot cocoa from one of San Francisco’s staples, Amorino. 

Includes single/double occupancy in premier accommodations, two admissions and skate rentals to the Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square, and a certificate for two hot cocoas or medium lattes/cappuccinos at Amorino. Stay dates: Nov. 6, 2019 through Jan 20, 2020. Click here to book your stay at the Omni San Francisco.

HILTON SAN FRANCISCO UNION SQUARE

Get 15% off the best available rate at the Hilton San Francisco Union Square. Rates start at $109. Blackout dates apply. Click here to reserve now.

PARC 55, A HILTON HOTEL

Get 15% off the best available rate at the Parc 55—a Hilton Hotel. Click here to reserve now.

BEI SAN FRANCISCO

In the heart of San Francisco's Civic Center, BEI is the best boutique hotel in San Francisco, perfect for travelers looking for a creative and unique urban escape. As one of San Francisco’s premier luxury hotels, you can expect more when you stay at BEI. More comfort. More amenities. More adaptability. More of what you need. And none of what you don’t. Click here to book your stay today.


THINGS TO DO

Drift away to a mysterious island where a thrilling adventure of love, energetic sound, and acrobatic splendor unfolds. See Cirque du Soleil AMALUNA at Oracle Park in San Francisco, November 3-January 12. Use code AMA15 to receive 15% off premium tickets, subject to availability. cirquedusoleil.com/amaluna

Do you live in the Bay Area?  If so, take advantage of this limited buy one get one free offer. During select Tuesdays & Wednesdays, Alcatraz Cruises is offering a buy one get one free Day Tour to Alcatraz: 

January 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29
February 4-5, 11-12, 18-19, 25-26

Valid for residents in Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, & Sonoma counties. Reservations are strongly recommended. BOGO tickets are not available for purchase on our website. To book a reservation, please call +1.415.981.7625 or in person at the Pier 33 Alcatraz Landing Ticketbooth.


Skate at City Hall!

The T-Mobile Winter Park at Civic Center, which made its debut last year in the heart of San Francisco, returns for its second year of outdoor ice skating and holiday festivities starting November 22.

Located in the historic Civic Center Plaza, The Winter Park features an ice rink and expanded skating track that weaves through a lighted tree forest. And with exciting events, including an opening day ceremony, Learn to Curl sessions, and more, there’s something for everyone in the community to enjoy. Bring the family and create a new annual holiday tradition!

Visit our website at https://winterparkicerinksf.com/.

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