Holiday ice skating through Jan. 3 at Seattle Center Winterfest; through Jan. 10 at Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena, Bellevue Downtown Park; through Jan. 10 at Polar Plaza, Tacoma; through Jan. 3 at Redmond Town Center.
Add a little winter wonderland to your holiday season with a spin on the ice at Bellevue Magic Season, Seattle Center Winterfest, Tacoma’s Polar Plaza and Redmond Town Center.
Bellevue Downtown Park hosts the Magic Season Ice Arena, open daily including Christmas and New Year’s Day. The outdoor rink is partially inside a tent for more comfortable skating when the weather’s rainy, though it’s all open air, so dress warmly in clothes that are easy to move in. Admission is by wrist band for the day if skaters want to come and go, and it’s free to enter the venue if you’re not skating.
Warm up with hot soup, coffee and other snacks and beverages at the on-site concession stand (cash only); outside food and beverages aren’t allowed, except for specialty items like birthday cake. Friday nights and Saturdays are usually the busiest time at the popular rink near Bellevue Square and other downtown shopping and attractions. Skating continues through Jan. 10, with extended hours during the upcoming school break.
Bellevue Magic Season Ice Arena
Time: 3-11 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday-Wednesday, Dec. 19-23; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 24-25; 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Dec. 26-Jan. 2; hours vary through Jan. 10
Cost: $12, $9/ages 8 and younger includes skate rental; $3 off if bringing your own skates
Location: Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 N.E. Fourth St., Bellevue
Winterfest Ice Rink
Time: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday-Saturday, Dec. 18-19; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday-Wednesday, Dec. 20-23; 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Dec. 24; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 26; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 27-30; 11 a.m.-11:30 p.m. Dec. 31; 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Jan. 1-2; 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Jan. 3
Cost: $7, $5/ages 6-12, $2/ages 5 and younger, skates included, cash only
Location: Fisher Pavilion, Seattle Center, Seattle
More info: 206-684-7200 or seattlecenter.com/winterfest
Time: Noon-10 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20; noon-10 p.m. Dec. 21-24; 4-10 p.m. Dec. 25; hours vary through Jan. 10
Cost: $8; $7/military and ages 60 and older; $4/ages 5 and younger, including non-skaters; skate rental $2
Location: Tollefson Plaza, South 17th Street and Pacific Avenue, Tacoma
Redmond Town Center Synthetic Skating Rink
Time: 3-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 19; 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 20; 10 a.m.-10 p.m. Dec. 21-23; 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Dec. 24; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Dec. 26; and mall hours through Jan. 3
Cost: $7 includes skates or bring your own, ages 5 and older only
Location: Redmond Town Center, 7525 166th Ave. N.E., Redmond
More info: redmondtowncenter.com/events
Seattle Center’s Winterfest Ice Rink is open indoors in Fisher Pavilion through Jan. 3 (closed Dec. 25). Skaters of all ages are welcome; admission fees are by cash only. If you’re downtown this holiday season, Winterfest is only a short ride away on the iconic Monorail with holiday lights and decorations around the Seattle Center campus and holiday entertainment, food concessions and Winter Train and Village display in the Armory daily.
Seasonal outdoor ice skating is also available at Polar Plaza across the street from Tacoma Art Museum through Jan. 10, including Christmas.
Redmond Town Center offers skating on synthetic ice, with longer hours during the school break and during extended mall hours Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 21 through 23. Unlike other rinks open to all ages, Redmond’s skating is for ages 5 and older, though there’s an on-site holiday carousel for all ages and train rides for young children.