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! 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!
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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 24 until December 31. 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.
Location: Seattle Center
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Usually Tacoma is known for its Polar Plaza rink in Tollefson Plaza, right across from Tacoma Art Museum. In 2017, the rink moved to Point Ruston and got a new name, but still features plenty of live music on many Saturdays, visiting sports stars, karaoke nights and other special events. Check the website to see what live music and events are on when. Tickets are available at the rink or sometimes from some local stores for a discount.
Location: Point Ruston in Tacoma
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Typically located in Bellevue’s Downtown Park, this ice skating rink claims to be the largest open-air ice skating arena in the region! Even better, the Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena is open on Christmas day and New Year’s day—a rarity among ice rinks. It also stays open later in the season, until January 15. 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.
Location: Downtown Park in Bellevue
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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, TacomaContinue to 5 of 7 below.
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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 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
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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
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