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 10 superb spots to practice your triple toe loops. Keep reading to learn more!
Winterfest Ice Rink
While this is easily the most popular ice skating rink in Seattle, the Witerfest 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 tiny tots with shaky legs, but be prepared to share. Psst! 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: Nov. 29, 2019–Jan. 5, 2020
Hours: Sun.–Thurs., 11 a.m.–8 p.m.; Fri.–Sat., 11 a.m.–10 p.m. Closes at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve, closed on Christmas Day and closes at 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 31.
Admission: $8/Adults; $6/Youth (6-12); $2/Kids (5 & under); prices include skate rental. $5.00 per skater for groups of 20 ore more. Includes skate rental. The rink takes cash, check, Visa & Mastercard.
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
Enchant Christmas Ice Skating Trail
Back by popular demand, Enchant Christmas returns to T-Mobile Park on Nov. 22 with an all-new adventure and immersive holiday experience. Wind your way through Mischievous, the world’s largest light maze, enjoy live entertainment, holiday shops and even snow showers and glide through Enchant’s "magical" light-adorned Ice Skating Trail. This year's Trail will feature a 30% larger footprint and a new special route for maximum skating fun. Bring your own skates or rent a pair at the Ice Skate Hut and take a glide to remember this holiday season.
Good to know: Ice skating is included with the price of admission. Ice skates will be available in all sizes (from elf to adult) or you can bring your own as long as they are covered with skate guards and are carried in a clear, plastic bag. Enchant Christmas will be open on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day for families looking for a bit more excitement and skating fun on Dec. 24 and 25
Dates: Nov. 22-Dec. 29, 2019 (closed Nov. 25-28 and Dec. 2 & 9, 2019)
Hours: Nov. 22-Dec. 12: Mon.-Thurs., 4 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri.-Sun., 4 p.m.-11 p.m. Dec. 13-30: 4 p.m.-11 p.m.
Admission: $19.99-$93 (3 & under Free)
Enchant Christmas at T-Mobile Park
1250 1st Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98134
Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink
Get ready for the return of the Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink now in its 23rd season. This perennial event, presented by Symetra, opens Friday, Nov. 29 and runs through January 20, 2020. A signature element of Bellevue Magic Season, the Downtown Ice Rink features the region’s largest seasonal skating experience–with more than 9,000 square feet of real ice. The best part? The rink is covered, allowing for all-weather skating, and features a heated viewing area, on-site concessions and a series of special events throughout the holiday season. View special events here.
Good to Know: Purchase a discount admission pass and receive 10 skating sessions and skate rentals for $119. Also, take advantage of reduced admission when you bring your own skates. Tuesdays in late December (24 & 31) will be busy due to schools' holiday breaks, so prepare for longer lines. Free three-hour parking is available while skating in the Bellevue Downtown Park parking lots; limited on-street parking is also available. View all available discounts here.
Holiday Fun: Put on your purple and gold duds and head to the rink on Sun., Dec. 15 from noon-2 p.m. for Husky Skate Day. During this special skate time, everyone in Husky gear will receive a $4 discount, plus you and your little dawgs can skate with Husky Santa and enjoy a purple and gold cupcake (while supplies last)! Go Huskies!
Dates: Nov. 29, 2019-Jan. 20, 2020
Hours: Schedule varies by day.
Admission: $10-$15 ($2 off when you bring your own skates). Discounted tickets available for members of the military (with ID), Bellevue College and Northwest University students, Bellevue Downtown Association members and KidsQuest Children's Museum members. On Mondays, skate for free when you show your Bank of America credit or debit card. Limit of two admissions per card and limited to skate availability.
Downtown Bellevue Park
100 100th Ave. N.E.
Bellevue, WA 98004
Redmond Town Center Synthetic Skating Rink
Families living on the Eastside once again have another option to choose from this holiday season. The outdoor covered skating rink at Redmond Town Center will be up and running starting on Nov. 29, making it the perfect complement to your holiday shopping. While you shop 'til you drop, your little skaters can whirl and twirl their cares away or practice their bunny hops on RTC's synthetic skating rink (think: no hazardous or harmful refrigeration gases needed, no ice re-surfacing machines required and no electricity required to maintain the surface). Keep in mind, the rink is geared towards kids ages 3 & older.
Holiday Fun: In addition to skating, families can ring in the holiday season with a spirited ride on RTC's holiday train or mini horse carousel and enjoy visits with Santa and special story times.
Dates: Nov. 29-Jan. 5, 2019
Hours: Varies. Visit their website for hours and special events.
Admission: $7/session (3 & older). Bring your own skates or borrow theirs. The price of admission is the same. Skate shoe sizing is limited and supplied first come, first served.
Redmond Town Center Skate Rink
7525 166th Ave. N.E.
Redmond, WA 98052
CHI Frozen Fountain Ice Skating Rink at Point Ruston
Professionally managed by one of the nation’s leading ice skating rink event companies, the ice skating rink at Point Ruston is going to be even more exciting this year with a full month longer of skating! A more elaborate lighting scheme and exquisite seasonal decor also make this rink a high-quality experience for skaters of all ages. Practice your triple toe loops or bunny hops and enjoy delish eats from local restaurants, DJ’s spinning your favorite holiday tunes and live music throughout the holiday season.
Dates: Nov. 14, 2019–Jan. 5, 2020
Mon.-Thurs.: 4 p.m.–10 p.m.
Fri.-Sat.: 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
Sun.: noon–10 p.m.
Thanksgiving: 11 a.m.–9 p.m.
School Holidays Dec. 23–Jan. 3, Mon.–Fri., 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
Christmas Eve: noon– 9 p.m.
Christmas Day: noon– 9 p.m.
New Years Eve: 11 a.m.–1 a.m.
New Years Day: 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
Admission: $14.50/Adults with skate rental; $13/Adults with own skates; $13/Kids, Seniors & Military with ID (with or without skates). Skate aids are $2 for 30 minutes.
Point Ruston Grand Plaza
5005 Ruston Way
Tacoma, WA 98407
Oly on Ice
Families living in the South Sound can skate their holiday cares away on the popular Oly on Ice rink. This beloved pop-up rink returns on Nov. 22 to Isthmus Park in downtown Olympia. With low prices starting at just $3, special discounts for seniors, foster, military and first responder families and rentals for socks, gloves, hats and skate aids, you can see why this rink is a family fave.
Good to know: Free public parking is available at the two lots to the immediate east and west of the ice rink. Free street parking can be found along Capitol Lake. During evening and weekend hours, additional free parking is available at all City of Olympia managed lots and metered spots. There are also pay-to-park lots neighboring the rink.
Dates: Nov. 22, 2019-Jan. 20, 2020
Hours: Varies. View schedule here.
Admission: $3-$12, with special discounts for seniors, foster, military and first responder families. Cheap skate days take place on Tuesdays from 3:30 p.m.-9 p.m. Dates: Nov. 26, Dec. 3, 10 & 17 and Jan. 7 & 14.
529 4th Ave. W.
Olympia, WA 98501
Sno-King Ice Arenas – Renton & Kirkland
Both of these places are run through Sno-King Ice Arenas. Public skating times at Castle Ice and Kingsgate Ice are frequent and the 5 & under set can rent walkers for an extra $6. Skate sizes as small as youth size 8 are available and the weekday sessions aren’t all that busy. In addition to public skating, families can also enjoy skating lessons, broomball and hockey camps or host their next birthday bash in one of the party rooms, making this an enjoyable skating experience for everyone.
Admission: $9.50/Adults & Kids (6 & up) on weekends without skate rental; $6/Tots (5 & under) on weekends with skate rental. $7/Kids (6 & up) on weekdays with skate rental; 5 & under Free. Groups of 10 or more are $9.50/person. Skate rentals are $3.50/person. 20-session punch cards are available for weekdays and weekends.
Sno-King Ice Arena Renton
12620 164th Ave. S.E.
Renton, WA 98059
Sno-King Ice Arena Kirkland
14326 124th Ave. N.E.
Kirkland WA 98034
Highland Ice Arena – Shoreline
Highland Ice Arena is a tried-and-true arena open year-round for big (and little) wobbly legs. The place might not be particularly fancy, but the staff is friendly, the rink is big and the ice is good enough for newbie skaters. Weekday morning sessions are generally on the empty side, with a few talented skaters spinning and jumping on the ice for your viewing pleasure. Skate rentals start at toddler size 7 and kids under five skate for free. The staff at Highland Ice Arena offer tot lessons for ages 3 & up; team tot lessons are available as well if a munchkin and parent want to learn to skate together. And if it turns out your kiddo is more into wheels than skates, sit on the sidelines while their bright blue and red Zamboni (they were the first rink to bring a Zamboni to the Northwest over 50 years ago) smooths out the ice.
Holiday Fun: Check out their Holiday Spectacular Ice Show on Dec. 14 at 6:15 p.m. or Dec. 15 at 12:15 p.m. Admission is $10/person.
Dates & Admission: $7.50/Adults (13-64); $6.50/Kids (6-12) & Seniors; 5 & under Free. Skate rentals are $4/person for all ages.
Cheap Skate: On Sundays from 1:30 p.m.-5 p.m., enjoy a Family Skate Session. A $16.50 fee admits mom, dad and kids (skate rentals still apply).
Highland Ice Arena
18005 Aurora Ave. N.
Shoreline, WA 98133
Lynnwood Ice Center
More serious skaters should head a little further up I-5 to the Lynnwood Ice Center. Skating lessons begin at age three and skate rentals are available for tiny toddler size 6 feet all the way up to men's size 14. The rink does tend to be a bit on the cold side–it is an ice rink after all! Those parents who will be sitting on the concrete stands will want to bring a blanket to stay warm. Weekday sessions usually aren’t all that busy; if you want to use a skate walker, rental is $3 and quantities are limited. If you think your tot would benefit from a class before they hit the ice, check out a Learn to Skate class (pre-registration required).
Dates & Hours: Click here for their daily schedule. Public sessions are available seven days a week.
Admission: $7.50/Adults; $6.50/Kids (6-12) & Seniors; 5 & under Free; skate rentals $4 for all ages.
Lynnwood Ice Center
19803 68th Ave. W.
Lynnwood, WA 98036
Kent Valley Ice Centre
The Kent Valley Ice Centre is a nice option for families in the South Sound. This rink rents skates for $3 in sizes as small as a toddler 6, plus kids ages 3 & under skate for free. Lessons are available for ages 3 & up, and helmets are available for a $2 rental fee. For those with thin blood, the cafe serves up all your favorite hot foods and beverages and is a welcome respite from the cold concrete seats at the rink. Need a break from the ice? The putt putt course out front and batting cages around the side are also fun and not terribly crowded.
Dates & Hours: Click here for their daily schedule; special holiday sessions are listed there as well.
Admission: $11.36/Adults; $9.77/Seniors; $10/Kids (4-12); 3 & under Free. Skate rentals are $3.37 for all ages and skate walkers are $5. View special offers and discounts here.
Cheap Skate: On Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m.-8 p.m. everyone 4 & older can skate for $7.73 (does not include the $3.64 skate rental fee).
Kent Valley Ice Centre
6015 S. 240 St.
Kent, WA 98032
—Kristina Moy & Erin Cranston