Along with Christmas carols, tree trimming and pictures with Santa, 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.

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 any amount gets you into the Train Engineer’s house, where kids can help drive the train.

Dates and Hours: Nov. 25, 2016 – Jan. 2, 2017 (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: $7/Adults; $5/Youth (6-12); $2/Kids (5 & under); prices include skate rental. The rink takes cash only, so plan accordingly. Free skate day thanks to Coca-Cola on Dec. 18.

Winterfest Ice Rink
Fisher Pavilion
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, Wa 98109
206-684-7200
Online: seattlecenter.com/winterfest

Nicole L. via Yelp

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  • Highland Ice Arena - Shoreline
  • Lynnwood Ice Center
  • Kent Valley Ice Centre

Where is your favorite place to ice skate during the holiday season? Tell us in the Comments below.

— Erin Cranston & Kristina Moy

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