SF Rec & Park Kicks Off Holiday Season with Ice Skating in Union Square and Embarcadero Plaza

SAN FRANCISCO — Two of San Francisco’s favorite outdoor ice skating rinks are opening for the holiday season this week. The Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square opened Wednesday while the Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center opens today in Embarcadero Plaza.

“We’re thrilled to again have such great partners promote the sport of ice skating – a sport that can be hard to find in San Francisco,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec & Park General Manager. “These ice skating rinks have become a tradition of the holiday season in our City.”

Union Square and Embarcadero Plaza are key gathering areas in San Francisco. Union Square is central to the City’s shopping district, while Embarcadero Plaza is central to the City’s financial district and adjacent to both the Ferry Building and Embarcadero Station.

“For over 25 years we have enjoyed welcoming locals and visitors to skate at The Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center,” said Helen Han, Marketing Director for Boston Properties.  “Skaters love our beautiful waterfront setting in front of the iconic lights of Embarcadero Center.”

The Holiday Rink in Union Square just began its eighth year — they host 86,000 skaters in the 10 week season.

“We are thrilled to return for another great year of ice skating in the heart of San Francisco with memorable festivities and traditions, as well as exciting new events,” said Willy Bietak, Safeway Holiday Ice Rink Producer and President of Willy Bietak Productions. “The Ice Rink is a part of the very fabric of the City, and it’s truly a perfect place where everyone from families, couples, and friends can expect to be charmed by the festive lights of Union Square.”

Both rinks will be open daily until January.

For schedules and fees, please see the table below:

Union Square Embarcadero Plaza (Embarcadero)
Nov. 4 – January 18 Nov. 6 – January 3
General Admission $11
Children (8 & Under) $7
Skate Rental $6


General Admission  $11

Children (7 & under)  $6

Skate Rental  $5

10 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.daily Open 10:00am – 9:30pm, Sunday-Thursday (open until 11:30pm on December 31)
Open 10:00am – 11:30pm, Friday and Saturday

For more information on Union Square Ice Skating, visit: http://unionsquareicerink.com/

For more information on Ice Skating in Embarcadero Plaza, visit: http://embarcaderocenter.com/event/holiday-ice-rink-2015/

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