There are ice skating rinks both seasonal and year-round open in Seattle, Tacoma and Bellevue—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 usually some fun activities and performances too! Many seasonal rinks have live entertainment, karaoke nights, guest visitors or other fun happenings to spice up the rink experience, too.
Many rinks, both seasonal and year-round, also offer ice skating lessons. If you've always wanted to learn, you don't have to wait until the holidays...but the holidays are a fun time to learn!
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 November 29, 2019 until December 31, 2019. Admission includes skate rentals. If you're not ready for the seasonal magic to end after your skate session, all of Seattle Center is festive during the holidays with lights, festivals, holiday entertainment and more taking place almost every day. It's a lot of fun just to wander around with some hot chocolate or coffee from one of the nearby coffee shops.
Location: Seattle Center
NOTE: Frozen Fountain has not yet announced dates for 2019 and it's possible the location will be different this year, so keep an eye out for updates.
Frozen Fountain ice skating rink at Tacoma's Point Ruston is a fun and festive holiday destination. The rink features plenty of live music and fun events throughout the skating season. One of the perks of this rink is its location right in the heart of Point Ruston, so it's easy to make a day of skating, going to see a movie, and doing lunch, dinner, or a snack as well. Skate rentals are available at the rink.
Location: Point Ruston in Tacoma
Located in Bellevue’s Downtown Park, this ice skating rink is the only open-air ice skating rink in the region (the others are all enclosed in large tented areas). Even better, the Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink is open everyday between November 29 through January 20, 2020, including Christmas day and New Year’s day—a rarity among ice rinks. There are special events including free skating lessons, family skate events and Stroller Skate Thursdays. Food and beverages are available, too, to complete the experience. Pair it with a visit to Snowflake Lane outside of the Bellevue Collection for a truly magical afternoon and evening out. Skates are available for rental.
Location: Downtown Park in Bellevue
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. Discounts are available for seniors, kids, and other discounted events. Skate rentals are available if you don't have your own. During the holidays, there are special skate times and events so don't think that because this center isn't a seasonal pop-up that it doesn't still have a festive atmosphere.
Location: 14824 C Street South, Tacoma
Like Sprinker, Kent Valley Ice Center is more than a holiday rink as it's here all year round. 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 you can take hockey lessons, too. There's also all kinds of other recreation to enjoy, including miniature golf and batting cages. During the holidays, there are special skate sessions!
Location: 6015 S 240 Street, Kent
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? Everyone from 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 like the Holiday Ice Spectacular on weekends.
Location: 18005 Aurora Avenue N, Shoreline