California Ice Skating


San Francisco Union Square on Ice + Winter Wanderland 

"Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square"

November 1, 2023-January 15, 2024, 10 a.m.-11:30 p.m. daily | Opens at 8 a.m. December 18-22 & December 25-29, 2023

Union Square Park
333 Post Street
San Francisco, CA
$20 for 1 hour session, skates included

Skate rental is included in the cost of admission. Each skate session is 60 minutes long, occurring every 90 minutes. Tickets must be purchased online in advance by visiting A portion of the proceeds benefits the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department.

Winter Wanderland is unveiled in 2022 as the first holiday market for Union Square's Hallidie Plaza. Linked together by two magical illuminations - Macy's Lighted Tree and Bill Graham Menorah - guests can browse, shop and ice skate to the backdrop of holiday carols and festive music and what looks like falling snowflakes. 

Handmade gifts, holiday tree decorations, sweets and warming drinks, live entertainment, Santa's Workshop and DIY crafts seek to create a welcoming atmosphere presented by Willy Bietek Productions  (Ice Rink) and Union Square Productions.

Special Events

Opening Celebration November 1, 2023, 5-7 p.m. This free event is open to the public. No tickets required. Come join the celebration!

Simba Saturdays presented by Disney's Lion King Saturdays through December 30, 2023, 5:30 & 7 p.m. sessions

Flashback Fridays presented by 80s+ on November 10, December 8, 2023 & January 12, 2024 | 7 & 8:30 p.m. sessions


Drag Queens on Ice December 7, 2023, 6:30-8 p.m.
Witnessing the show is free but to skate with the 'Queens' you must reserve a spot and pay $30. Enjoy fun, frivolity, and fabulousness watching San Francisco's fiercest Bay Area Drag Queens give their holiday performances. To skate with our drag queens, you must book a spot in advance. Witnessing the show is free and open to the public. No tickets required for bystanders.

 Silent Skate Party Starting December 14, 2023, 7 & 8:30 p.m. $30, 1 hour. Headphones provided to skaters, who can choose one of three stations to listen to as they skate.

POLAR BEAR SKATE Sunday, January 1, 2024, 2:30-3:30 p.m. $25
In San Francisco's version of a Canadian tradition, ice skaters are encouraged to put on their bathing suit, grab their shades and 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. 

Since 2008, The Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square has delighted children and adults with a holiday-themed ice park in San Francisco's Union Square. Located on the corner of Geary & Powell in the heart of Union Square, the holiday ice rink is a popular holiday tradition that begins after Halloween and extends well into the new year. Because of its Union Square location, there's plenty of shopping for the holidays and afterward when visitors and locals expect to see fantastic sales events.

A portion of ticket proceeds benefit the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department.

Hotels nearby include Handlery Union Square Hotel, Sir Francis Drake, Hilton San Francisco Union Square, Westin San Francisco Market Street, Palomar San Francisco, and Hotel Mark Twain. See all San Francisco hotels.

Santa Monica-based Willy Bietak Productions ( is a full-service company specializing in the development and production of high-quality family entertainment. With a staff of award-winning designers, directors, choreographers and musical arrangers - backed by a talented management team - Willy Bietak Productions conceives, packages and tours international entertainment spectaculars.

San Francisco Recreation and Park Department manages more than 220 parks, playgrounds and open spaces throughout San Francisco, including Sharp Park in Pacifica and Camp Mather in the High Sierras. The system includes full-complex recreation centers, swimming pools, golf courses, sports fields and numerous small-to-medium-sized clubhouses that offer a variety of sports- and arts-related recreation programs for people of all ages. Included in the Department's responsibilities are Golden Gate Park, Coit Tower, the Marina Yacht Harbor, the San Francisco Zoo and Lake Merced. In 2017, San Francisco became the first and only city in the nation where all residents have access to a park within a 10-minute walk, a direct result of the Department's commitment to increasing and improving parkland in the city.

Events are not guaranteed. It is your responsibility to confirm before going.

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