10:00 am - 11:00 pm
60 MINUTE SESSIONS - sessions start 90 minutes
General Admission - including skate rental $20
Locker Rental - $5
Skate Helper $6
NOTE: Tickets must be purchased online. You cannot buy a ticket in-person.
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Come meet Old Saint Nick and tell him everything that's on your wish list. He's only here until the 24th, so see him before he leaves on his big journey!
Be sure to make reservations ahead of time - starting November 19th.
Sometimes, a gift isn’t just a gift. It’s a key to a new world. A young heroine. A Nutcracker-turned-prince. The small but mighty army of mice. The beautiful conclusion of a sugar plum celebration. It’s a story so good, it bears retelling again and again.
All the characters you know, and love are back for another thrilling performance of San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker. Enjoy exquisite dancing, stunning sets and Tchaikovsky’s popular score played live by the Grammy award-winning San Francisco Orchestra.
On Christmas Eve 1944, the audience at San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House experienced the American premiere of Nutcracker. An instant sensation, the ballet launched a national holiday tradition.
Don’t miss out on the must-see show of the holiday season. Grab your tickets and reserve the edge of your seat today.
UNION SQUARE PARK | ICE RINK
The Union Square Ice Rink 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 eleventh year.
Be a part of the fun, frivolity, and fabulousness on the ice! If you dare, skate with the Queens as they mingle and warm-up for their entertainment performances, or just grab a spot around the rink and watch San Francisco’s fiercest Bay Area Drag Queens give their holiday performances of a lifetime.
Tickets to skate alongside the queens and have the best seat in the house for the performances are $30. Tickets are on sale now.
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Hundreds to thousands of Santas will take over as the annual commotion that fills the streets and dive bars with booze laden Santas traversing Union Square and the rest of The City!
Buckle up your Santa Belt as by early evening as it becomes a drunken mess as Santas spread out through The City!
This is a gathering of Santas, Mrs. Clauses, Elves, Reindeer, and yes even Grinches! Christmas Carols, a Best Dressed Contest and more will be held.
For those of you joining us at Union Square in beautiful downtown San Francisco (our 26th Anniversary), we will never ask for an entry fee, there are no tickets available because we don’t have any! The only thing we ask for is a new, unwrapped toy for the San Francisco Fire Department and their toy drive efforts for disadvantaged children and families. We don’t care about how expensive that toy is. If you have the money and you want to do good, buy a bunch of toys. If you don’t have that much, don’t worry! Bring what you can!
All of you remember to take care of each other while you’re having the time of your life. And most importantly, be good around kids. They still believe in the magic of Christmas and a bad Santa from SantaCon shouldn’t ruin that magic. Have fun and Merry Christmas!
More info at the Facebook Group
Union Square Menorah Lighting Schedule
Some Places to Celebrate New Year's Eve - Waterfont Cruises in line to see the New Year's Eve Fireworks on the San Francisco Bay in front of the Embarcadero, A 360-degree View above the City at the Cityscape Lounge in the Hilton Hotel, Front Row Seating to the Fireworks at the Waterbar and Sens...
Passport New Year's Celebration at the Westin St. Francis, attend an International Ball at the Palace Hotel, Dance the night away at The Saratoga, many, many choices festivities to bring in the New Year 2019. These are just some.Details
UNION SQUARE PARK | ICE RINK
You don't want to miss the Polar Bear Skate, a San Francisco spin on an old tradition this New Year's Day 2024.
With California-style in mind, ice skaters are encouraged to come in their favorite bathing suit and beach apparel!
Get your shades, bathing suit and best polar bear attire and come to the ice rink to take the plunge! #polarbearskate
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.