Along with Christmas carols, tree trimming and pictures with Saint Nick, comes a bevy of fun winter activities. And perhaps none are more nostalgic than hitting the ice rink. From seasonal outdoor rinks to year-round indoor facilities, we’ve rounded up nine superb spots to practice your triple toe loops. Read on for all the deets!

Winterfest Ice Rink

While this is easily the most popular ice skating rink in Seattle, the Winterfest Ice Rink can also be the most crowded. Expect lots of school groups and daycare classes with kids skating (and falling) just about everywhere on the weekends and in the afternoon. A limited number of walkers are available for tots with shaky legs and this small rink can be refreshingly empty on weekday mornings.

Holiday Fun: When the kiddos are done skating, head over to the Armory to check out the Winter Train and Village. A voluntary donation of $2 gets you into the Train Engineer’s house, where kids can help drive the train.

Dates and Hours: Nov. 24, 2017–Jan. 1, 2018 (closes early on Christmas Eve and is closed on Christmas Day). Sun.–Thurs., 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–10 p.m.

Admission: $8/Adults; $6/Youth (6-12); $2/Kids (5 & under); prices include skate rental. The rink takes cash, check, Visa & Mastercard. on the lookout for the Free skate day courtesy of Coca-Cola.

Winterfest Ice Rink
Fisher Pavilion
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, Wa 98109

photo: Amy Huey


Where is your family’s favorite place to ice skate during the holiday season? Tell us in the comments below.

— Kristina Moy & Erin Cranston

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