Union Square Christmas Tree, Ice Skating Rink and more
As part of the San Francisco Jeep Tour Holiday Lights and Sights Tour, you will take in one of the largest holiday displays in San Francisco including the 83-foot tree at the center of Union Square. Decorated with more than 43,000 twinkling energy-efficient LED lights and 700 shining ornaments. The tree goes up every year and is usually lit for the first time on the Friday after Thanksgiving.
The ice rink in Union Square adjacent to the giant tree offers fun-seekers of all ages a magical adventure surrounded by festive lights and the sights and sounds of the season.
The windows of Macy’s, Neiman Marcus, and many other surrounding stores are adorned with festive decorations. Some of the Macy’s window displays feature cuddly, adoptable kittens and puppies from the SPCA.
Skate beneath beautiful holiday lights at Union Square from November to mid-January of every year! The atmosphere is light, happy, and full of holiday excitement. Skating sessions last for 90 minutes. Rent skates or bring your own. Order tickets online to bypass the long line, or buy at the ticket booth when you arrive.
A holiday tradition, ice skating in Union Square promises to bring a smile to everyone’s face and delight you and your skating partners – big and small, young and old.
- Festive, fun ice skating in Union Square runs from November 2, 2022, until January 16, 2023.
- Ice rink hours are from 10 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., daily.
- Info and Tickets – https://unionsquareicerink.com/
Visit Union Square, San Francisco’s #1 shopping destination!
The Square is home to hundreds of retail stores, restaurants, hotels, theatres, boutiques, and more! Palm trees, manicured hedges, and spacious seating options create an open space in the midst of bustling activity. Visit for a day of shopping, to attend a free event, or to take in the sights.
Union Square History
Union Square gained its name from the pro-Union rallies held there in the years before the Civil War. The nickname stuck, enduring through the area’s transformation from a residential neighborhood and plaza to a premier shopping district after the earthquake of 1906.
One notable feature of Union Square is the 95-foot granite column, topped by Lady Victory triumphantly brandishing a trident in one hand and a wreath in the other. The monument was built in 1903 to honor Admiral Dewey’s 1898 victory against the Spanish Navy.
The Heart Sculpture in Union Square is one of several in the city and the first of numerous Hearts throughout the Bay Area. Signed and transformed by local artists, the hearts are installed in cities that are known for their acceptance and tolerance. The “Hearts in San Francisco” project benefits the San Francisco General Hospital.
Union Square Today
Today, Union Square is an open and welcoming plaza lined with palm trees, sculpted bushes, terraces, and a café. Union Square is most famous for its shopping. With over five hundred retail stores, high-end jewelers, electronics stores, trendy boutiques, and restaurants, Union Square draws tourists from all over the world. Stop by Gucci, Burberry, or Chanel for a taste of name-brand luxury. Enjoy the view of Union Square from the top floor of Macy’s at the Cheesecake Factory, or try Boudin’s Sourdough Café for an authentic San Francisco restaurant.
In addition to visiting Union Square to shop, locals and tourists come to relax, people-watch, and to enjoy the numerous free events held in Union Square.