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 (including a new one this year!) to practice your triple toe loops. Read on to learn more!
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 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 and Hours: Nov. 23, 2018–Jan. 6, 2019 (closes at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve, closed on Christmas Day and closes at 11:30 p.m. on Dec. 31). 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.
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
A whole new holiday ice skating experience is coming to downtown Seattle this year. From Nov. 23 to Dec. 30, Safeco Field will be transformed into Enchant Christmas, an immersive holiday experience featuring the world’s largest light maze, an ice skating trail, live entertainment, holiday shops and even snow! Unlike a traditional ice skating rink, this "magical” trail will be decorated with sparkly light sculptures for maximum skating fun. Ice skates will be available on-site to rent (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. Best part? 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.
Holiday Fun: Your ticket to Enchant Christmas includes full access to the event, including the ice skating trail, Christmas light maze, artisan market, Santa’s workshop, story time with Mrs. Claus, live entertainment and food and beverage vendors.
Dates: Nov. 23-Dec. 30, 2018 (closed Nov. 26 and Dec. 3 & 10)
Hours: Mon.-Thurs., 4 p.m.-10 p.m.; Fri. & Sat., 4 p.m.-11 p.m.; Sun., 4 p.m.-10 p.m.
Admission: $19.99-$69.99 (3 & under Free)
Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink presented by Alaska Mileage Plan
Just in time for the holiday season, Bellevue’s ice rink is back at Downtown Bellevue Park. Boasting the region’s largest open-air ice rink, this popular spot is covered and open for skating rain or shine. With skate rentals, concessions, rockin’ holiday tunes and a variety of special events throughout the season, including learn to skate nights, free lessons, family skating, private parties, Stroller Skate Thursdays, Late Skate Fridays and Saturdays and Free Skate Mondays–this is the place to practice your triple toe loops!
Good to Know: Purchase a discount admission pass and receive 10 skating sessions and skate rentals for $99. Also, take advantage of reduced admission when you bring your own skates or pay with your Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card. On Mondays, skate for free when you show your Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card or Bank of America debit or credit card. (Offer is good for one free skate admission per card.) Psst...Mondays 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 Dec. 9 from noon-2 p.m. for Husky Skate Day. During this special skate time, everyone in Husky gear will receive a $4 discount on admission. Go Huskies!
Dates and Hours: Nov. 23, 2018-Jan. 13, 2019. Schedule varies by day
Admission: $15/Adults; $10/Kids (8 & under) with skate rental. $11/Adults; $6/Kids (8 & under) with your own skates. Discounted tickets available for members of the military, Bellevue College and Northwest University students, Bellevue Downtown Association members, KidsQuest Children's Museum members, Bellevue Arts Museum members and Bellevue Boys & Girls Club members. On Mondays, skate for free when you show your Alaska Airlines Visa Signature® card or Bank of America debit or credit card. Offer is good for one free skate admission per card.
Downtown Bellevue Park
100 100th Ave. N.E.
Bellevue, WA 98004
Redmond Town Center 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. 23, making it the perfect compliment 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 and Hours: Nov. 24-Dec. 19, Mon–Fri., 3 p.m.–8 pm; Sat., 10 a.m.–8 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Dec. 20-Jan. 6, Mon.–Sat., 10 a.m.-8 p.m.; Sun., 11 a.m.–7 p.m. Visit their website for extended 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
Indigo Frozen Fountain Ice Skating Rink at Point Ruston
Professionally managed by one of the nation’s leading ice skating rink event companies, the 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, a holiday gift bazaar, DJ’s spinning your favorite holiday tunes and live music throughout the holiday season.
Admission: $14/Adults with skate rental; $12.50/Adults without skate rental; $12.50/Kids, Seniors & Military with ID (with or without skates)
Dates: Nov. 14, 2018–Feb. 2, 2019
Mon.-Thurs.: 4 p.m.–10 p.m.
Fri.: 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
Sat.: 11 a.m.–10 p.m.
Sun.: noon–10 p.m.
Thanksgiving: 11 a.m.-9 p.m
School Holidays: Dec. 23-24 and 26-30 & Jan 1-3, Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-10 p.m.
Christmas Eve: noon–8 p.m.
Christmas Day: noon.–8 p.m.
New Year’s Eve: 11 a.m.–1 a.m.
New Year’s Day: 11 a.m.–1 a.m.
Point Ruston Grand Plaza
5005 Ruston Way
Tacoma, WA 98407
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 $5. 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/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/person. Skate rentals are $3/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 7:30 p.m. Admission is free!
Admission: $7.50/Adults; $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 and 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 and Hours: Click here for their daily schedule; special holiday sessions are listed there as well.
Admission: $10.27/Adults; $6.59/Seniors; $8.45/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 $6.63 (does not include the $3.37 skate rental fee).
Kent Valley Ice Centre
6015 S. 240 St.
Kent, WA 98032
—Kristina Moy & Erin Cranston