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Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square

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Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square
Powell and Post Streets
San FranciscoCA 94102
(415) 781-7880

Ages: 4 and up

Cost: $4.50-$13.00

Parking: Yes

Features: Rentals

November 7 - January 21

What's more quintessential holiday fun than outdoor ice skating in the big city during the holiday season?  We can't think of anything.  The area is filled with holiday buzz as shoppers and families stroll through Union Square to admire the skaters and the magnificent Christmas tree.

Admission is $10 for adults and $6 for children eight and under. Skate rental is $5 with a $1 surcharge for hockey skates.  Tickets may be purchased at the gate or online.

Hours of operation:  Sunday-Thursday, 10am-10pm; Friday & Saturday, 10am-11:30pm; closes at 9:30pm on December 31.

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active daddy

  • 5

Reviewed on 11/27/2011

My 6, 8, & 12 year old can't wait for our annual holiday trip to the city. Ice skating at Union Square is one of their all time favorite holiday memories.

If you're looking for a special holiday event, put this on the list. A nighttime skating session is hard to beat.

Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square


  • 5

Reviewed on 12/23/2010

Holiday skating can't get any better than skating at the Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square!

Surrounded by the twinkling wreaths in each window of the Macy's building, a giant decorated spruce, festive red and green lights of St. Francis Hotel's zooming elevators, skating becomes an annual must-do for my birdies.

The sessions do sell out, so if you're set on skating at a particular time, it's wise to purchase your tickets earlier in the day. We went on a weekday evening, and the 4:00 session had sold out and the 6:00 session was nearly sold out by the time we got our tickets.

The viewing area is simply the open spaces that can be found around the rink; shoppers and tourists bustling by with packages will stop and watch, and simply being amongst happy bystanders is such a joy.

Music is piped over the rink, though not ridiculously loud so that you're unable to hear your little one ask for some help. Very little Christmas music was played during our session, though it seemed like holiday music was on heavy rotation throughout the previous session.

Each skate session is one-and-a-half hours, with a 30 minute break between sessions for ice resurfacing. Water, gloves and socks (thank goodness; one of my kids needed a pair!) are available for purchase. At the east end of the rink is a small café/bar where other beverages can be purchased before or after the skate session.

Safeway Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square