Christmas & Holiday Events 2021-2022 



ICE SKATING in UNION SQUARE

OPEN Wednesday, November 3, 2021 to January 17, 2022 - 10:00 am to 11:00 pm

OPEN DAILY
10:00 am - 11:00 pm

60 MINUTE SESSIONS - sessions start 90 minutes

ADMISSION
General Admission - including skate rental $19
Locker Rental - $5
Skate Helper $6

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Union Square Ice Skating Rink
Union Square Ice Skaters
Union Square Ice Skating Rink from up above at night

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Macy's 32nd Annual 2021 Union Square Tree Lighting

November 19, 2021 - January 1, 2022

Check the details for this year's changes.

Union Square Christmas Tree the Night of the Lighting
Union Square Christmas Tree during the Day
Watching the Christmas Tree Lighing in front of Macy's

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SF SPCA & Macy's 35th Annual Holiday Windows

Novembere 23, 2021 to January 2, 2022

Macy's | Union Square | Macy's Windows Stockton Street

See the wonder of the San Francisco SPCA Holiday Windows at Macy's this Christmas season.

Snap a photo at one of the oversized shelter animal Instagram-able outposts.

Check out the outrageously cute puppy, dog, kitten, and cat videos on the main floor. Be on the lookout for SF SPCA Animal Assisted Therapy animals in the store and other adorable animal holiday surprises

Learn more and share your support by donating at www.sfspca.org/holiday.

Macy’s was the first department store to feature Christmas window displays and has been enchanting generations of spectators since the early 1870’s. R.H. Macy began the tradition of animated windows in 1899 at Macy’s original 14th Street location in New York, and started the tradition in San Francisco.

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Window Unveiling
Precious Kitties
Sleepy Pup at Macy's Holiday Window Unveiling with SF SPCA

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SantaLand at Macy's San Franciso

Photos with Santa at Macy's Union Square

Macy's Santaland at Union Square

Dates & Event to be decided... | Santa's Schedule
Macy's

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!

Santa's Schedule


Selfie-Santa is at Westfield San Francisco City Centre!

Dates & Event to be decided | 4pm to 8pm | Santa's Selfie Times
Westfield San Francisco Center

Santa is here! Explore the center and get your selfie with Santa. Be nice to Santa and he might give you a treat...

Santa's Selfie Schedule


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Most Fabulous Drag Queens on Ice | 11th Annual

Thursday, December 2, 2021 | 7:00 pm & 8:30 pm Sessions

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.

To celebrate, this year’s event will feature new acts, audience surprises, and of course, San Francisco’s fiercest drag queens. Skate with or just watch some of San Francisco’s most notable Bay Area drag queens lip-sync and skate the night away.

Tickets to skate alongside the queens and have the best seat in the house for the performances are $75 for all ages. Tickets are on sale now.

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SantaCon is Coming to Town

Saturday, December 11, 2021 | Meet up at Union Square at Noon.
Union Square Park

This event is not currently sanctioned by San Francisco but may take place anyway.

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.


Please bring a new, unwrapped toy that can be donated to the Toys for Tots program.

For those of you joining us at Union Square in beautiful downtown San Francisco (our 25th 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!


This SantaCon event is FREE to attend. For ages: 21+

More info at the Facebook Group

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San Francisco Ballet's Nutcracker

December 10 to December 30, 2021

This holiday season, be entertained as the lights dim, the music soars, snowflakes swirl, flowers dance, and a little girl dreams about a whole new world in a Nutcracker that is as unique as it is magical. And it's only at SF Ballet.

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.

Please review the COVID SAFETY POLICY to attend the Nutcracker this year.

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Chanukah Festival of Lights | Menorah Lighting Schedule Live Stream

Sunday, November 28, 2021 to Sunday, December 5, 2021

Live Stream of Union Square Menorah Lighting &Celebration.

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Happy New Year Toast

WHERE TO CELEBRATE NEW YEAR'S EVE IN SAN FRANCISCO

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.

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Polar Bear Skate | 8th Annual

Monday, January 1, 2021 | 2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

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 2022.

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.

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