Courtesy of Enchant Christmas
Now that baseball season is over, Safeco Field is getting ready to turn into… an ice-skating rink! Instead of rooting for the Mariners, families can head to the ballpark to glide on an ice-skating trail decked out with festive light sculptures. (Tip: Get your family ready to skate with our expert ice-skating tips!)
It’s all part of Enchant Christmas, which makes its Seattle debut this year. The event runs from Nov. 23 to Dec. 30 at Safeco Field. In addition to ice skating, families can also try out a Christmas light maze, listen to live music and shop a holiday market with lots of gift ideas and gourmet food.
Of course, no Christmas event is complete without a visit with the big guy himself. You can take pictures with Santa at Santa’s Landing, and stop in for story time with Mrs. Claus.
Enchant Christmas is loosely based around a story about Santa’s missing reindeer, titled "The Great Search." In the light maze, help Santa find all nine of his reindeer to save Christmas.
The event is produced by Shine Lighting Group, a Christmas light company based in Vancouver, B.C.
If you go...
Where: Find Enchant Christmas at Safeco Field, 1250 1st Ave. S., Seattle
When: Enchant Christmas opens Friday, Nov. 23 and operates almost daily through Sunday, Dec. 30. (The event is closed select Mondays: Nov. 26, Dec. 3 and Dec. 10.) Hours of operation are Sunday–Thursday, 4–10 p.m. and Friday–Staurday, 4–11 p.m.
Cost: Admission prices range from $19.99–$23.99 for children ages 4–13, and from $24.99–$32.99 for adults ages 14 and older. Tots ages 3 and under are free. Pricing depends on day and time selected with Friday, Saturday and Sunday admission costing the most. Skate rental costs an additional $10.
Booking: Advance ticket purchase online is recommended; limited numers of tickets may be available day of at the box office.
Discounts and packages: Family 4-pack packages include 2 adults and 2 children ages 4–13, and range from $69.99–$89.99. Discounts offered for students, seniors, military and emergency services workers, all with ID. Season passes, VIP tickets and bring-your-dog night tickets also available.
Included: Ticket price includes access to ice skating trail, light maze, Santa's workshop, story time, live music and more. Ice skate rental is an additional $10. Personal skates are allowed with skate guards and carried in a clear plastic bag.
Food and drink: Food and drinks are available for purchase, including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, and adult beverages for those age 21 and over. Outside food is not permitted, except for infant milk or formula.
Getting there: Adjacent Safeco Field parking is available for advance purchase for $10 (Monday–Thursday) or $15 (Friday–Sunday); other usual event parking offerings will likely be available for similar pricing, or consider transit. Note the Seattle Seahawks have home games at nearby CenturyLink Field on the following Sundays: Dec. 2, Dec. 23 and Dec. 30. Expect considerable crowds.
More info: Find a detailed FAQ online, including the bag policy.