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Skating runs through Jan. 9 at Bellevue Downtown Park. (Photo courtesy of Downtown Bellevue Association)

Where to take your family ice skating this winter around Seattle

Lace up your skates (and grab mittens) for some wintry fun during the holiday season.

Ice skating, updated for 2022: For many Seattle-area folks, a fun way to start off the winter is with a sociable skate in one of the region’s seasonal rinks. No experience necessary. You’ll be in good company as hundreds of Pacific Northwest residents gather for their annual wobble around the rink. If you’d like to be prepared, check out this list of tips.

All these rinks are in places where you can make a whole day of it with treats, music, shopping and more. In case you want to do it again, here are some places to skate year round: Sno-King Ice Arena in Kirkland, Sno-King Ice Arena in Renton, Kent Valley Ice Centre, Lynnwood Ice Center, and Olympic View Arena in Mountlake Terrace. And of course there is the new Kraken Community Iceplex at Northgate in Seattle.

[Related: More holiday events around the Seattle area + where to find the best light displays ]

Bellevue Downtown Ice Rink
Located in Bellevue Downtown Park, this open-air arena offers concessions. There are special hours for stroller skate and skating lessons on some weekday evenings.

When: Nov. 18, 2022 through Jan. 8, 2023. Various hours.

Where: Bellevue Downtown Park, 10201 NE Fourth St, Bellevue

Cost: Weekdays: $14 (includes skate rental) Weekends: $17 Season pass $129- can only be purchased at rink. Book tickets online.

Oly On Ice

Now open November 18-January 16. The popular pop-up rink in Isthmus Park, 529 Fourth Ave. W., downtown Olympia, is back for a fifth year, offering family-friendly ice skating. Tickets can be purchased in advance here. Prices (include skates) $12-$15 for ages 4 and up; $5 for toddlers.

Pacific Ice, Everett 

Open November 18- January 9. Experience a winter holiday at the community ice rink in Everett’s Pacific Rim Plaza at Waterfront Place. During the week they are open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Adults $15 + $1.50 processing fee. Children 12 and under $12 + $1.50 processing fee. All tickets include skate rentals for a one hour session. Closed on Thanksgiving day. Open Christmas Eve and Christmas day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Open New Years Eve and New Years Day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Skating Rink at The Village

Join the Pleasant Beach Village on Bainbridge Island for a fun ice skating experience. Enjoy the holiday  lights and treats provided by the village.

Open: Nov. 25 to Dec. 31; Thursday and Friday from 4 p.m. – 8 p.m.; Weekends 1 p.m – 8 p.m; Christmas Eve 10 a.m. – 4 p.m; Closed Christmas Day.

Ticket prices (includes ski rental): 10 and under $15; 11 and up $20; Pool members free.

Pop up Ice Skating in Occidental Square

Downtown is offering a pop up ice skating rink in Occidental Square from Dec. 9 to Dec. 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free for everyone with skates available to borrow.

Kraken Public Ice Skating Rink

The Kraken Community Iceplex offers public skating and tot play hour located in Northgate. Weekly times vary depending on the day. $16 admission for ages 5 and up; Ages 4 and under are free; $5.50 skate rentals. $9 Skate aid rentals.

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