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. 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:
Wednesday, November 3, 2021 | 9:30-10:00am
The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square will open with a festive ceremony to kick off the holiday ice skating season. With special on-ice performances, local celebrities and merriment for the whole family, you won't want to miss this day!
Learn to Skate
Every Saturday & Sunday (except Christmas Day and New Year's Day) | 8:00-9:00am
Kaiser Permanente invites skaters with little to no experience to The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square 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 7:30 am or spot will be released to another guest.
Flashback Fridays: presented by iHEART80s
November 12, December 10 & January 14 | 7:00 pm and 8:30 pm sessions
The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square 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!
Drag Queens on Ice
Thursday, December 2, 2021 | 7:30pm to 9:30pm
The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square 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 11th consecutive year.
Silent Skate Party
Thursday, December 9, 2021 | 7pm and 8:30pm sessions
The popular Silent Skate Party returns to The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square 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.
Polar Bear Skate
Wednesday, January 1, 2022 | 2:30-3:30pm
The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square 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.