Holiday Events 2018-2019 



ICE SKATING in UNION SQUARE

OPEN Wednesday, November 7, 2018 to January 21, 20189 - 10:00am to 11:30pm

OPEN DAILY
10:00 am - 11:30 pm

90 MINUTE SESSIONS - sessions start on even hours

ADMISSION
General Admission - including skate rental $18
Children (Eight and Under) - including skate rental $13

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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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SF SPCA & Macy's 32nd Annual Holiday Windows

Friday, November 16, 2018 | at 5:00pm

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

Celebrate the season by joining the San Francisco SPCA and Macy’s for the 32nd unveiling of the iconic Holiday Windows at Union Square on Friday, November 16, at 5pm. The window displays, which have become one of the most beloved symbols of the holiday spirit in San Francisco, will once again feature adorable, adoptable cats and dogs who need loving homes.

This year’s windows, titled “The Wonder of Giving,” celebrate the bonds and traditions between family and friends. Generations of visitors will delight once again, seeing the cuddly and adoptable animals ready to share the holiday in a new home.

Join the SF SPCA on the corner of Stockton and O’Farrell Streets on November 16th as they begin the holiday season with the unveiling of lovable animals.

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

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Macy's 28th Annual 2018 Union Square Tree Lighting

November 23, 2018 - 5:30 pm | Tree is Up Until January 2, 2019
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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SantaLand at Macy's San Franciso

Photos with Santa at Macy's Union Square

November 23 to December 24, 2018 | Santa's Schedule
Macy's | 7th Floor

The holidays would not be the same without a trip to see Santa. Old St. Nick will listen to holiday wishes and be available for portraits in Macy's Santaland®.

Come meet Old Saint Nick and tell him everything on your wish list. He's only here until the 24th, so see him before he leaves on his big journey!

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Photos with Santa - Westfield San Francisco Center

November 23 through December 23, 2018 | Santa's Hours
Westfield San Francisco Center | Level 4, Under the Dome

Santa arrives for all the kids and families - give Santa your list and get your photo taken with him.

Make Reservations - Santa's Fast Pass

Take the shortcut to Santa! Seeing St. Nick just got quicker with the Fast Pass. View location and hours.

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Santa Paws is Coming to Town!

Thursday, November 29, 2018 | at 5:00pm

MACY'S | UNION SQUARE
Holiday Lane | Macy's, Level 7

The San Francisco SPCA and Macy's are teaming up to bring you Santa Paws, a special holiday event where you and your beloved pooch can get a close-up with Mr Claus. We'll be serving up treats for both dogs and humans and lots of fun holiday cheer.

Tickets are $45.00 and include admission for two people, two dogs and a printed photo with Santa. A portion of the proceeds benefits the SF SPCA to ensure that our shelter animals can stay warm and cozy during the holidays.

Event subject to change or cancellation.

RSVP Purchase your ticket online for the Santa Paws Event

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Most Fabulous Drag Queens on Ice

Thursday, December 6, 2018 | 8:00pm to 9:30pm

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 ninth consecutive year.

If you are interested in participating, please complete and submit the application.

Drag Queens on Ice Applicaton

Tickets to skate alongside the queens and have the best seat in the house for the performances are $25 for adults and $20 for children. Tickets are on sale now.

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SantaCon is Coming to Town

Saturday, December 8, 2018 | Meet in between Noon & 6pm
Union Square Park

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.

Last year we had well over 10,000 folks and collected 764 toys. This year we want to beat that number! Looking forward to seeing all of you there!!!


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 12 to December 29, 2018

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.

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Polar Bear Skate | 6th Annual

Monday, January 1, 2019 | 2:00pm to 3:30pm

UNION SQUARE PARK | ICE RINK

You don't want to miss the 6th Annual Polar Bear Skate, a San Francisco spin on an old tradition this New Year's Day 2019.

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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