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The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square
The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square
November 10, 2017

The Union Square Ice Rink Returns for Winter Fun

**Guest Post by the Team behind the Union Square Ice Rink

The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square presented by Alaska Airlines, a San Francisco holiday tradition, has kicked off the ice skating season and will feature a lineup of festive activities for all ages, including new celebrations and the return of many of the rink’s most popular events. The ice rink in Union Square, which the TODAY Show calls one of the “Best Ice Skating Rinks in the U.S.,” is a wonderful spot for outdoor ice skating, nestled amongst the vibrant lights and popular shops and restaurants in San Francisco.

Returning This Year

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

Drag Queens on Ice is one of the most fabulous events of the holiday season. Watch some of San Francisco’s fiercest Bay Area drag queens lip-sync and skate the night away for the eighth consecutive year. 


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

Skaters of all ages welcome 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.   

New This Year

Arabian Nights: Disney’s ALADDIN theme skate | Every Wednesday | 6—7:30 p.m. and 8—9:30 p.m.

“Arabian Nights”, Disney’s ALADDIN-themed skate sessions takes place 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 Recording. ALADDIN is performing November 1, 2017 – January 7, 2018 at SHN’s Orpheum Theatre.


Silent Skate Party | Thursday, December 14, 2017 | 6—7:30 p.m. and 8—9:30 p.m.

The popular Silent Skate Party returns 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.  

Check out a complete list of events here