Grab some skates and show off your sweet moves (and festive winter wear). It’s time to go ice skating in Seattle
While odysseys to see the holiday light displays in Seattle and catch those favorite holiday shows may top your list of winter fun activities, we know many Seattle families look forward to the season of ice skating, too. It’s a great way to exercise and have fun at the same time, and it’s less messy and wet than playing in the snow (unless you fall on the ice, but even that’s not too bad). From pop-up seasonal rinks you can only find in winter to indoor facilities where you can skate year-round, here’s where Seattle goes to ice skate.
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Seasonal Seattle ice skating rinks you need to check out
Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink
Get ready for the return of the Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink, now in its 25th season. This perennial event, presented by Symetra, is a signature element of Bellevue's Season of Cheer. The Downtown Ice Rink features the Seattle region’s largest seasonal ice skating experience–with more than 9,000 square feet of real ice. The best part? The rink is covered and open-air, allowing for safe, all-weather skating. Other highlights include a heated viewing area, on-site concessions and a series of special events throughout the holiday season, like Football Sundays and an Apple Cup Skate Night the day after Thanksgiving. Advance tickets are a must to reserve your ice skating session (especially on busy weekends and holidays) and ticket prices are included in the admission price.
Insider Tip: Free skating lessons offered this season on select dates, starting Nov. 22, are a big perk for families with first-time or novice skaters.
Dates: Nov. 18, 2022-Jan. 8, 2023
Downtown Bellevue Park
100 100th Ave. N.E.
Seattle Children's Museum
Who needs to go ice skating when you can go sock skating with your Littles at the Seattle Children's Museum? Part of the city's downtown Winterfest celebration, Seattle Children's Museum will host a special Winterfest-themed exhibit all winter long. Not only can the kids skate on a real synthetic ice rink (don't forget your socks!), they can also build snow people, grab a drink or pastry from the nearby carts, and then enjoy them all by the play fire pits. Sounds like an idyllic winter afternoon to us. This exciting winter experience is included with admission.
Dates: Nov. 25-Feb., 2023
305 Harrison St.
Occidental Square Pop-Up Ice Rink
For one weekend only, families can enjoy this pop-up ice skating rink in downtown Seattle. Free for everyone, the ice rink will be filled with skaters of all ages and abilities. If you've got your own skates, bring them along. If not, they'll have skates on hand to borrow. Just remember to bundle up—this rink is totally outside.
Dates: Dec. 9-11
117 S. Washington St.
Open air. Real ice. An unbeatable marina view. That's what you get when you head north to Everett to skate at their outdoor pop-up ice skating rink this season in the Seattle region. There will be holiday lights to make it festive, music to get you in the spirit, and fire pits around the area to warm your fingers when it's time for a break. Concessions will also be available. We love that families can rent the rink for a winter birthday party, too. You'll need to book in advance for this one, and skate rentals are included in the price.
Dates: Nov. 18, 2022-Jan. 9, 2023
Pacific Rim Plaza at Waterfront Place
1028 13th St.
Holiday Magic Ice Skating Rink
Add Holiday Magic to your winter when you bring the family to this pop-up, outdoor ice skating rink near Seattle that's part of the wintery experience at the state fairgrounds. Holiday music will be piped in for your enjoyment as you work on your crossovers and spins. You'll need admission to Holiday Magic to access the rink and advanced tickets for skating that are date specific. Skate rentals are included in the price but you bring the warm hat and fuzzy mittens. Sounds fair to us. Kids must be at least age 2 to skate.
Dates: Dec. 1-4, 8-11, 15-18 and 20-23, 2022
Washington State Fairgrounds
110 9th Ave. S.W.
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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. 18 to Isthmus Park in downtown Olympia. With low prices starting at just $5 and cheap skate days on Mondays and Tuesdays, you can see why this rink is a family fave. Purchase your tickets in advance online to reserve your spot. 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. 18, 2022-Jan. 16, 2023
529 4th Ave. W.
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Kraken Community Iceplex
Seattle's newest kid on the block, the Kraken Community Iceplex, is a winner with families. Not only can you and the kids find ice skating lessons for everyone (you too, parents) and birthday bash packages here, but the daily public skate sessions are a great way to engage in your new favorite pastime. Saving a spot is easy to do (and highly recommended for popular days like weekends and school holidays). Then it's as simple as showing up a bit early to rent skates before hitting the ice. When you're done, head to the 32 Bar & Grill to warm up with poutine or maybe a fresh salad. The kids menu is dead on for reliable faves. And families can always grab a cup of the good stuff or hot cocoa for the kids at the Starbucks, if you're pressed for time.
Insider Tip: If you can't be at the game, try the second best seat in the house—the Iceplex—to watch the Kraken play on game night.
10601 5th Ave. N.E.
Sno-King Ice Arenas
Sno-King Ice Arenas now has three locations and all are open for public skating year-round. Public skating times at each rink vary from day to day and week to week. Be sure to check the online schedule and reserve your spot (a must) to make your family skating plans. The price doesn't include skate rental, but everything you need to glide into the winter season is available to rent there, including skate rentals, walkers and seals. In addition to public skate, you can sign your kids up for ice hockey, figure skating lessons, or throw a birthday bash for a small group of friends. Sno-King offers holiday hockey camps at all three locations for kids who want to rule the ice.
Holiday Ice Skating: Add a little holiday pep in your public ice skating session when you attend Sno King's Sno-Skate Lane. Offered at all three locations, from December 17 through January 1, 2023, it's a chance for kids to see Santa, play games, take a few photos, and more. Registration is required.
Sno-King Ice Arena Renton
12620 164th Ave. S.E.
Sno-King Ice Arena Kirkland
14326 124th Ave. N.E.
Sno-King Ice Arena Snoqualmie
35300 S.E. Douglas St.
Lynnwood Ice Center
More serious skaters should head a little further up I-5 to the Lynnwood Ice Center. Skating lessons begin at age 4 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, but tickets are still required in advance, as the front desk is unable to take payments.
19803 68th Ave. W.
Kent Valley Ice Centre
This is a nice option for families in the South Sound. With more than 66,000 square-feet of ice and fun features like an epic sound system and black light skate nights, you can skate your way to family fun any time of year. This rink rents skates for $5 in sizes as small as a toddler 6, plus kids ages 3 and younger skate for free. Helmets are also available for a $2 rental fee and walkers are just $5 for little learners. 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.
Good to Know: Remember to reserve your public skate spot in advance.
6015 S. 240 St.
Sprinker Recreation Center
Although it's a bit of a drive, Sprinker Recreation Center in Tacoma is going all out for the winter season with Ice Light public skate sessions. This experience opens Dec. 1 and runs through Dec. 31. While you're skating 'round the rink, marvel at the more than 35,000 twinkling lights and animated displays your kids will love. A singing Christmas tree show is part of the fun, and the snow flurries falling from the "sky" add a bit of magic to this indoor experience. Have your kids drop off a letter to old St. Nick at his special mailbox when you're done. Our favorite part is the special ice bumper cars. It's a real-life hockey puck experience that you can only find here.
Dates: Dec. 1-31, 2022. Closed Dec. 25.
14824 C St.
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Bonus ice skating rink
Ice Skating at the Winter Pavilion
Take your family ice skating outing to a whole new level when you pair it with a weekend getaway at Suncadia. Their ice skating rink is just one of the many family-focused winter happenings going on this year. From November 25 through December 14, the rink, located right next to the Lodge pool, will be open Thursdays through Mondays. It moves to daily outdoor ice skating sessions on December 15. Skate rentals are available, and when you need a break, the fire pit is the perfect place to sit and sip hot cocoa or even make s'mores (Hint: they have pre-packed kits at the Coal House Market in the Lodge).
Good to Know: Donation-based community ice skating nights are scheduled for December 6 and 13 at 6 p.m., 7 p.m., and 8 p.m.
Dates: Nov. 25, 2022-Jan. 2, 2023
3600 Suncadia Trail
Cle Elum, WA
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