Union Square’s popular ice rink opened this week and today marks the seasonal attraction’s 10th Anniversary.

As part of the celebration, both residents and visitors will be able to skate for free all day long.

The Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square opens at 10 a.m. and skating ends at 11:30 p.m. Throughout the day various San Francisco arts organizations will skate out onto the ice and showcase special performances.

Alladin skaters

Skaters show off scenes from Disney’s Alladin.

Expect a wait. Even when ice skating isn’t free there are usually long lines. Tickets are usually between $13 and $25 and can be purchased here.

Throughout the season the Holiday ice Rink features special events.

Arabian Nights: Disney’s ALADDIN theme skate | Every Wednesday | 6—7:30 p.m. and 8—9:30 p.m.
The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines is excited to announce “Arabian Nights”, Disney’s ALADDIN-themed skate sessions every Wednesday this holiday season. Guests will imagine themselves on a magic carpet ride as this unique new event will feature special purple rink lighting and music from the ALADDIN Original Broadway Cast RecordingALADDIN is performing November 1, 2017 – January 7, 2018 at SHN’s Orpheum Theatre.


Learn to Skate presented by Kaiser Permanente | Every Saturday and Sunday | 8:30—9:30 a.m.
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. Sign up at www.unionsquareicerink.com.


Flashback Fridays presented by iHeart80s @ 103.7| Friday, November 10, 2017; Friday, December 8, 2017; Friday, January 12, 2018 | 6—7:30 p.m. and 8—9:30 p.m.
Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines celebrates 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! We pity the fool who doesn’t attend!


Drag Queens on Ice Presented by Alaska Airlines | Thursday, December 7, 2017 | 8—9:30 p.m.
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 eighth consecutive year.


Silent Skate Party | Thursday, December 14, 2017 | 6—7:30 p.m. and 8—9:30 p.m.
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 then have the ability to choose one of three stations to skate to.


Polar Bear Skate: San Francisco Edition presented by SFGATE | Monday, January 1, 2018 | 2—3:30 p.m.
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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