It’s skating season. Here’s where to hit the ice—remember to cross your fingers for only a few falls.
-The Franciscan Polar Plaza pop-up in Tacoma is the only covered, open-air rink in that town, and it has killer theme nights. On December 5, skate with the Thunderbirds Hockey Team, or enjoy live music on December 16 starting at 6pm. Wear your most hideous cardigan for Ugly Sweater Night on December 23 to receive $1 off admission. Open November 25–January 2.
-Highland Ice Arena in Shoreline is a traditional indoor skating rink—open year-round—with a staff of professional figure skaters. Sign up for a seven week course of lessons that starts in early January. Sundays are Family Days, with a $15 rate covering the immediate clan from 1:30pm–close (rentals are $3 each).
-Winterfest Ice Rink in Seattle Center is another temporary skate spot. Maybe we’re just suckers for twinkly lights, but this indoor venue is the ideal date spot for an old-fashioned couples skate. Open November 25–January 1.
-Magic Season Ice Arena in Bellevue is another outdoor covered, open-air skating rink (chilly!). It hosts Free Skate Mondays and Stroller Skate on Thursdays (yep, you can bring the Bugaboo on the ice). Our personal favorite is the heated hut where you can warm up and sip hot cocoa.
For an extra dash of holiday cheer, catch the Nutcracker on Ice performance on December 15. Open November 25–January 8. Updated 12/1/11: There is no Nutcracker performance this year, and Free Skate Mondays require passes or a Bank of America card.
-Capitol Hill Ice Rink won’t open until December, kicking off what is expected to be an annual pop-up tradition. Located in Cal Anderson Park (over the basketball courts in the southwest corner), the rink will be open-air but under a tent. Open December 6–24.