In the Seattle-Tacoma area, there are ice skating rinks both seasonal and year-round—so you can get into the spirit of winter or cool off in the summer. If you are skating in November or December, look to the seasonal rinks and count on enjoying hot chocolate, cider and often fun activities and performances!
Winterfest Ice Rink is just one small part of Seattle Center’s Winterfest, but is very possibly the most popular ice skating rink in the area. The rink is set up at Fisher Pavilion from late November until just after the New Year. Admission includes skate rentals. As of 2013, admission is $7 for adults, $5 for kids 6-12, and $2 for kids 5 and younger. Cash only.
Location: Seattle Center
Polar Plaza sets up in Tollefson Plaza, right across from Tacoma Art Museum. It’s one of the area’s newer holiday rinks. Aside from general ice skating revelry, Polar Plaza has live music on many Saturdays, children’s parties by the Children’s Museum of Tacoma, and other special events. Check the website link above to see what live music and events are on when. Tickets are available at the rink or from Costco for a discount. General admission is $8, $7 for military and seniors 60+, $4 kids 5 younger. Skate rental is $2.
Location: 17th and Pacific, Tacoma
Located in Bellevue’s Downtown Park, this ice skating rink claims to be the largest in the region—and has an additional 350 feet added in 2013! Even better, Chaplins Bellevue Volkswagon Ice Arena is open on Christmas day and New Year’s day—a rarity among ice rinks. There are special events from Stroller Skate Thursdays to visits from the Seattle Thunderbirds to free skating on select dates for Bank of America card holders. Food and beverages are available. Admission is $12 (includes skate rental) and $8 for kids 6 and younger.
Location: Bellevue Downtown Park
Just to the south of Tacoma is Sprinker—a center that offers all kinds of sports courts, fields and areas, but also has a nationally recognized ice skating rink with an NFL regulation surface. The rink offers lessons and team activities, but is also open to the public to come in and skate during public skate times. Admission is $6.50 with discounts for seniors, kids, and other discounted events. Skate rental is $2.50. During the holidays, there are special skate times and events.
Location: 14824 C Street South, Tacoma
Kent Valley Ice Center is more than a mere rink. If you don’t know how to ice skate, you can learn everything from basics for all ages up to advanced adult lessons. The rink is also home to the Kent Valley Hockey Association, and has miniature golf and batting cages on the premises too. During the holidays, there are special skate sessions!
Location: 6015 S 240 Street, Kent
6. Sno-King Ice Arenas – Renton and Kirkland
With not one, but two locations, Sno-King Ice Arenas aims to serve up fun for skaters of all stripes. The rinks are open to the public, have broomball leagues, hockey teams, and figure skating. Don’t know how to skate? Toddlers up to adults can take lessons here too.
Renton - 12620 164th Avenue SE
Kirkland - 14326 124th Avenue NE
Highland Ice Arena offers hockey and figure skating opportunities, lessons for all levels, as well as public skate times. During the holidays, special events take place, including free performances of The Nutcracker.
Location: 18005 Aurora Avenue N, Shoreline