Make the most of the winter season with our complete guide to Christmas ice skating in the UK in 2023.  Find your nearest rink.

Legs of skaters on an ice rink.

Calling all winter enthusiasts!  It’s that magical time of year when we dust off our skates, bundle up in our cosiest winter gear, and hit the rinks for some festive fun. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a first-timer, there’s something rather special about gliding across the ice, feeling the crisp winter air on your cheeks, and immersing yourself in the enchanting world of Christmas ice skating.

Welcome to our ultimate guide for the 2023 Christmas ice skating season in the UK!

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Find Your Nearest Christmas Ice Skating Rink

Use our interactive map just below to explore nearly 70 Christmas Ice Skating Rinks across the UK for 2023.  Find the seasonal ice rink nearest you and click the link for more details.

Or, if you prefer, search by area of the country from the list here.

Greater London Christmas Ice Skating

Looking for Ice Skating in London this Christmas?  We’ve gathered details of 11 London Christmas Ice Rinks in and around the Capital for you to explore.

Glide at Battersea Power Station

Experience skating at Battersea Power Station with stunning Thames views, three interconnecting rinks, and a dazzling 30ft Jo Malone-decorated Christmas tree. After your skate, head to The Glass House for hot chocolate or something stronger while enjoying the view of skaters set against one of the city’s most iconic buildings.

Where: Battersea Power Station, Circus Rd W, Nine Elms, London, SW8 5BN

Dates:10 November 2023 – 7 January 2024

More: Further information about Glide at Battersea Power Station.

Ice rink in front of Battersea Power Station with Jo Malone-decorated Christmas tree.

Glide at Battersea Power Station. Photo Credit: Joshua Atkins

Winter Festival Brent Cross

Join the Winter Festival at Brent Cross and enjoy London’s largest real ice rink, perfect for families and visitors. Plus it’s indoors so no weather issues to worry about!

Where: Brent Cross Shopping Centre, Hendon, London NW4 3FP

Dates: 26 November 2023 – 2 January 2024

More: Further information about Christmas Ice Skating at Winter Festival Brent Cross.

Ice Rink Canary Wharf

Ice Rink Canary Wharf is back for its whopping 18-week winter season, offering a fantastic skating experience for all. With a weather-proof transparent roof, the 1275m2 rink is perfect for after-work outings, date nights, or family fun.

Where: Ice Rink Canary Wharf, Canada Square Park, Canary Wharf, London, E14 5AB

Dates: 22 October 2023 – 25 February 2023

More: Further information about London Christmas Ice Skating at Ice Rink Canary Wharf.

Skaters on the ice at Canary Wharf Ice Rink under transparent roof.

Skaters on the ice in Canary Wharf. Photo Credit: Canary Wharf Ice Rink

Kingdom of Winter at ExCeL London

NEW FOR 2023! Kingdom of Winter at ExCeL London promises a new destination for festive fun in the capital. And no winter’s day out would be complete without a spell on the ice! Beginners and pros alike are invited to join the rink time fun!

Where: ExCeL London, One Western Gateway, Royal Victoria Dock, London E16 1XL

Dates: 8 December 2023 – 7 January 2024

More: Further information about London Christmas Ice Skating at Kingdom of Winter at ExCeL London.

Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink

Experience winter magic at Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink. Glide gracefully around the stunning outdoor rink, set against the backdrop of this historic Tudor palace. Whether with family or a loved one, it promises an enchanting adventure. So, lace up your skates and make memories in this timeless setting.  

Where: Hampton Court Palace, Hampton Ct Way, Molesey, East Molesey KT8 9AU

Dates: 17 November 2023 – 7 January 2024

More: Further information about Hampton Court Palace Ice Rink.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland Ice Rink

Set within Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, enjoy festive ice skating on one of the UK’s largest open-air rinks. Suitable for all ages, it’s a great way to start your Winter Wonderland experience, whether it’s a first date, playdate, or outing with friends.

Where: Hyde Park Winter Wonderland, Hyde Park, London, W1K 7TY

Dates:  17 November 2023 – 1 January 2024

More: Further information about Hyde Park Winter Wonderland Ice Rink.

Ice at Kensington Palace

NEW FOR 2023! Kensington Palace provides the backdrop for what it claims will be the UK’s largest outdoor ice rink (the length of a football field in fact!). This covered rink wil offer some of the capital’s finest royal surroundings and has put sustainability at the very core of its design.

Where: Kensington Palace, Kensington Gardens, London W8 4PX

Dates:  30 November 2023 – 7 January 2024

More: Further information about London Christmas Ice Skating Rink Ice at Kensington Palace.

The Queen’s House Ice Rink

The Queen’s House Ice Rink, situated in Greenwich’s UNESCO World Heritage Site, offers a magical open-air skating experience. With iconic architecture and stunning views of Greenwich Park and Canary Wharf, it’s a London must-visit. They also offer relaxed and tot-friendly sessions.

Where: Queen’s House, Romney Road, Greenwich, London, SE10 9NF

Dates: 23 November 2023 – 7 January 2024

More: Further information about The Queen’s House Ice Rink in Greenwich.

Skate at Somerset House

Skate returns to Somerset House for another season of ice-skating on The Strand, in central London. The festive courtyard hosts top-quality skating, music, and food and drinks. From skating lessons to DJ sessions, there’s something for all. Enjoy rink-side takeovers, the Skate Lounge, and the Shelter Boutique for unique fashion finds.

Where: Somerset House, Strand, London, WC2R 1LA

Dates: 15 November 2023 – 14 January 2024

More: Further information about Skate at Somerset House.

Skylight Ice Rink

Skate on Europe’s first rooftop skating rink at Skylight Ice Rink Tobacco Dock. Enjoy London’s riverside views, après-skate bars with cocktails, mulled wine, and alpine food.

Where: Skylight Bar, Tobacco Dock, London E1W 2SF

Dates:Dates TBC

More: Further information about Christmas Ice Skating in London at Skylight Ice Rink.

The Ice Rink at Westfield London

In the heart of one of Europe’s largest shopping centres, Westfield London’s Winter Village is perfect for a festive outing. After shopping, enjoy the spacious open air ice rink complete with dazzling lights.

Where: Westfield White City, Westfield Square, Ariel Way, Shepherd’s Bush, London W12 7GF

Dates:10 November 2023 – 7 January 2024

More: Further information about The Ice Rink at Westfield London.

Permanent Ice Skating Rinks In London

In addition to the fabulous array of seasonal pop-up Christmas ice skating rinks in London, there are a number of permanent rinks you might like to check out too.  

South West England

Looking for Christmas Ice Skating in Avon, Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire or Gloucestershire?  We’ve gathered details of 11 Christmas Rinks in South West England for you to explore.

Ice Skating at Avon Valley

Enjoy the outdoor festive rink in Avon Valley, with 300sq m of arena in which to show off your skating skills! Be sure to check out Avon Valley’s Christmas Light Trail too!

Where: Avon Valley, Pixash Lane, Bath Road, Keynsham, Bristol, BS31 1TP

Dates:1 December 2023 – 1 January 2024

More: Further information about Christmas Ice Skating in Bristol at Ice Skating at Avon Valley.

Bath On Ice

Bath on Ice returns for its 11th year, offering a perfect winter wonderland to practice skating, enjoy wintery music, and sip seasonal drinks. Skaters of all levels can partake in the festive fun on the genuine ice.

Where: Royal Pavilion, Royal Victoria Park, Bath, BA12NR

Dates: 17 November 2023 – 3 January 2024

More: Further information about Bath On Ice.

SKATE Bournemouth

Returning for 2023 is SKATE Bournemouth’s real ice rink and Alpine bar! Perfect for some wintry fun by the sea!

Where: SKATE Bournemouth, Lower Gardens, Westover Road Bournemouth, England, BH2 5AH

Dates: 16 November 2023 – 3 January 2024

More: Further information about SKATE Bournemouth.

Cheltenham Ice Rink

Returning to the heart of Cheltenham town centre is the popular undercover ice rink, welcoming skaters of all ages and abilities to glide across the ice.

Where: Cheltenham Ice Rink, Imperial Gardens, Cheltenham, GL50 1QA

Dates: 17 November 2023 – 1 January 2024

More: Further information about Christmas Ice Skating at Cheltenham Ice Rink.

Ice Rink at Clarks Village

Back for a second year, Clarks Village ice rink will be twinkling up a storm at the Somerset Outlet Shopping Mall. The perfect festive interlude to your Christmas shopping day out!

Where: Clarks Village, Farm Road, Street, Somerset, BA16 0BB

Dates: 9 November 2023 – 7 January 2024

More: Further information about Somerset Christmas Ice Skating at Ice Rink at Clarks Village.

People ice skating at Clarks Village Ice Rink under Christmas-light lit roof

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Cool Coast Ice Rink

Cool Coast Ice Rink at Bournemouth International Centre is the South Coast’s largest indoor ice skating venue. It’s a great outing for friends and families, offering a fun way to stay active during the winter months, all in the comfort of an indoor setting.

Where: Cool Coast Ice Rink, Bournemouth International Centre, Exeter Road, Bournemouth, BH2 5BH

Dates: 9 December 2023 – 18 February 2024

More: Further information about Cool Coast Ice Rink.

Ice Skating at The Eden Project

In contrast to the toasty biomes, step into a frozen world at the Eden Project’s glittering ice rink. With lessons, family sessions, and parent & toddler play options too, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

Where: Eden Project, Bodelva, Cornwall, PL24 2SG

Dates:14 October 2023 – February 2024

More: Further information about Ice Skating at The Eden Project.

Gloucester Quays Open-Air Ice Rink

Back for another year, the popular Gloucester Quays Christmas ice skating rink is perfectly located for shoppers to the festive Orchard Market.

Where: Gloucester Quays Retail Park, St Ann Way, Gloucester GL1 5SF

Dates: TBC

More: Further information about Gloucester Quays Open-Air Ice Rink.

Winter Glow Malvern

Enjoy indoor ice skating at Santa’s Winter Wonderland, one of the West Midlands’ largest ice rinks, at the Three Counties Showground in Malvern. It’s sheltered and festively decorated, making it a perfect winter activity. Be sure to check out Winter Glow’s Christmas Light Trail too!

Where: Winter Glow, Three Counties Showground, Malvern, Worcestershire, WR13 6NW

Dates: 24 November 2023 – 6 January 2024

More: Further information about Winter Glow Malvern.

Plymouth Winter City

NEW FOR 2023! Grab your skates and try out the undercover real ice rink, just one of the festive activities on offer!

Where: Plymouth Winter City, Treeby Court, Plymouth PL4 9JG

Dates: 16 November 2023 – 1 January 2024

More: Further information about Plymouth Winter City.

Icescape at the Tropicana

After a break for the 2022 season, Icescape returns to Weston-super-Mare this year promising plenty more ice festive memories!

Where: The Tropicana,Marine Parade, Weston-super-Mare, BS23 1BE

Dates: TBC

More: Further information about Icescape at the Tropicana.

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South East England

Looking for Christmas Ice Skating in Hampshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire, Surrey, Sussex or Kent?  We’ve gathered details of 15 Christmas Ice Rinks in South East England for you to explore.

Bluewater’s Ice Rink

Protected under its clear roof, Bluewater’s annual ice rink is set to return for 2023.  With quiet sessions, parent & toddler slots, and the popular ice rink party nights too, there’s opportunities for all budding skaters to get on the ice this winter.

Where: Bluewater Shopping Centre, Bluewater Pkwy, Dartford, Greenhithe DA9 9ST

Dates: 14 November 2023 – 7 Janaury 2024

More: Further information about Bluewater’s Ice Rink.

Royal Pavilion Ice Rink Brighton

Skate with Brighton’s magnificent Royal Pavillion as your backdrop! Illuminated for extra magic, enjoy the display as you waltz across the ice.

Where: The Royal Pavilion Ice Rink, Brighton BN1 1FN

Dates: 28 October 2023 – 7 January 2024

More: Further information about Royal Pavilion Ice Rink.

Chiltern View Ice Rink

Celebrate the festive season at Aylesbury’s outdoor covered real ice rink this November and December. Enjoy skating amid music and lights before sipping a warming drink at the Winter Bar.

Where: Chiltern View Ice Rink, Chiltern View Garden Centre, Wendover Rd, Stoke Mandeville, Aylesbury HP22 5GX

Dates:24 November – 31 December 2023

More: Further information about Christmas Ice Skating at Chiltern View Ice Rink.

Ice Skating at Chobham Adventure Farm

Add a spin on the ice to your Christmas festivities at Chobham Adventure Park. There’s opportunities to meet Santa, his reindeer and even Baby Flurry too (the newest member of Santa’s herd!)

Where: Chobham Adventure Farm, Bagshot Road, Chobham, Surrey GU24 8DB

Dates: 20 November 2023 – 7 January 2024

More: Further information about Ice Skating at Chobham Adventure Farm.

Lighning Fibre’s Ice Rink Eastbourne

Experience the thrill of gliding on ice at Eastbourne’s ice rink, perfect for family outings or date nights.

Where: Ice Rink Eastbourne, Enterprise Shopping Centre, Station Parade, Eastbourne BN21 1BD

Dates: 9 – 31 December 2023

More: Further information about Lighning Fibre’s Ice Rink Eastbourne.

Essex Christmas Wonderland

A real ice rink set within a massive igloo! That’s what Essex Christmas Wonderland promises for your chilly exhilarating adventure!

Where: Essex Christmas Wonderland, Lakeside Shopping Centre, W Thurrock Way, West Thurrock, Grays RM20 2ZP

Dates: 16 November 2023 – 3 January 2024

More: Further information about Christmas Ice Skating in Essex at Essex Christmas Wonderland.

Portsmouth On Ice

Find the joy of ice skating at Portsmouth on Ice, based in Guildhall Square and catering to all ages and skill levels.

Where: Portsmouth On Ice, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth, PO1 2AB

Dates: 25 November 2023 – 7 January 2024

More: Further information about Christmas Ice Skating at Portsmouth On Ice.

Skate into Quex

One of a host of festive activities on offer for fun at the farm, enjoy a twirl on the covered twinkling ice arena at Quex Park this year! Be sure to check out their Quex Illuminations too!

Where: Quex Adventure Farm Park, Quex Park, Park Lane, Birchington, Kent CT7 0BH

Dates: 18 November – 31 December 2023

More: Further information about Skate into Quex.

Winter Wonderland Reading

With 560sq m of real ice to enjoy, this is Winter Wonderland Reading’s largest rink to date. Enjoy as part of your festive day out with plenty of other attractions and tasty treats to enjoy.

Where: Winter Wonderland Reading, Hills Meadow, George St, Reading RG4 8DH

Dates: 11 November 2023 – 7 January 2024

More: Further information about Winter Wonderland Reading.

The Ice Rink at Ruxley Manor

After a four-year wait, Ruxley Manor’s beloved ice rink is back for Christmas 2023! Glide on real ice, enjoy festive tunes, before relaxing with bratwurst and hot chocolate at the skate cafe. If skating isn’t your thing, savour mulled wine on the viewing platform.

Where: Ruxley Manor Garden Centre, Maidstone Road, Sidcup, Kent, DA14 5BQ

Dates: 10 November 2023 – 7 January 2024

More: Further information about The Ice Rink at Ruxley Manor.

Skate Tunbridge Wells

Spin your way across the ice at SKATE Tunbridge Wells’ outdoor festive ice rink just minutes from the town centre. You can even try your hand Bavarian Curling if you dare!

Where: Skate Tunbridge Wells, Calverley Grounds, Mount Pleasant Avenue, Tunbridge Wells, TN1 1QY

Dates: 1 December 2023 – 1 January 2024

More: Further information about SKATE Tunbridge Wells.

Westquay on Ice

Located at the Westquay shopping centre, Westquay on Ice invites shoppers to put their bags down for a while and take a spin on the ice for some alfresco festive fun with family and friends!

Where: Westquay on Ice, Harbour Parade, Southampton, SO15 1QF

Dates: 10 November 2023 – 7 January 2024

More: Further information about Westquay on Ice.

Ice Skaters on rink at night in front of Southampton City Walls

Skaters on the ice at Westquay. Photo credit: Westquay On Ice

Willen On Ice

NEW FOR 2023! Experience festive ice-skating this winter at the 400m2 real ice rink at Willen On Ice in Milton Keynes. Sheltered under a marquee roofenjoy the view over the lake as you glide across the ice, then head to nearby rides and food stalls to complete the festive experience.

Where: Willen On Ice, V10 Brickhill St, Milton Keynes MK15 0DS

Dates: 17 November 2023 – 9 January 2024

More: Further information about Willen On Ice.

Child skating with whale aid at Willen On Ice.

Child skating with aid. Photo Credit: Willen On Ice

Ice Rink at Willows Activity Farm

Just one of an array of fabulously festive activities on offer at Willows Activity Farm this Christmas, enjoy a spin on their No Ice Ice Rink before visiting the Man in Red.

Where: Willows Activity Farm, Coursers Rd, St Albans, AL4 0PF

Dates: 24 November – 24 December 2023

More: Further information about the Ice Rink at Willows Activity Farm.

Young child skating with penguin aid at Willows Activity Farm.

Skating with a penguin friend. Photo credit: Willows Activity Farm

Windsor On Ice

In the heart of this royal town and the shadow of its iconic castle, harness your inner Torvill & Dean with a glide across this covered ice rink.

Where: Windsor On Ice, Alexandra Gardens, Barry Avenue, Windsor, Berkshire SL4 3HY

Dates: 17 November 2023 – 7 January 2024

More: Further information about Windsor On Ice.

East of England

Looking for Christmas Ice Skating in Essex, Hertfordshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Suffolk or Norfolk?  We’ve gathered details of 4 Christmas Ice Skating Rinks in the East of England for you to explore.

Braintree Village Ice Rink

NEW FOR 2023! Braintree Village is set to get an ice rink of its very own. The 550m undercover real ice rink will stand proudly at the outlet shopping mall for eight weeks over the festive period.

Where: Braintree Village, Charter Way, Chapel Hill, Braintree, Essex, CM77 8YH

Dates: 9 November 2023 – 7 January 2024

More: Further information about Braintree Village Ice Rink.

Boy on skate aid with adult pushing on Christmas ice skating rink

New for 2023: Braintree Village’s First Christmas Ice Skating Rink

Bury St Edmunds Family Christmas Ice Rink

NEW FOR 2023!  Bury St Edmund shoppers, delight! There is a new festive attraction in town – a FREE synthetic ice rink in Charter Square. Perfect for adding a little extra celebration to your family day out!

Where: Charter Sq, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP33 3FD

Dates: 14 December 2023 – 3 January 2024

More: Further information about Bury St Edmunds Family Christmas Ice Rink.

People ice skating on synthetic rink in Bury St Edmonds town centre.

Ice rink Bury St Edmunds Suffolk. Photo Credit: Odin Events

Winter Wonderland Norwich

Lace up your skates and immerse yourself in the festive spirit on Winter Wonderland Norwich’s real ice rink. Covered by a massive transparent canopy adorned with twinkling fairy lights, it guarantees a fantastic skating experience, rain or shine.

Where: Winter Wonderland Norwich, Norfolk Showground, Dereham Road, Norwich, NR5 0TT

Dates:17 November 2023 – 3 January 2024

More: Further information about Winter Wonderland Norwich.

Tulleys Ice Skating

What does a trip to Tulley’s Christmas Experience NOT include?! Be sure to book your slot on the ice ahead of your visit to guarantee your slot and then head to the rink to cut some icy moves!

Where: Tulleys Farm, Turners Hill Rd, Turners Hill, West Sussex RH10 4PE

Dates: 25 November – 24 December 2023

More: Further information about Tulleys Ice Skating.

West Midlands

Looking for Christmas Ice Skating in Shropshire, Staffordshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, Warwickshire or Birmingham?  We’ve gathered details of 6 Christmas Rinks in the West Midlands for you to explore.

Real Ice Skating At Alderford

Skate by the lakeside in a beautiful wintry setting at Alderford’s real outdoor undercover ice rink! A fabulous festive adventure with family and friends.

Where: Alderford, Tilstock Rd, Whitchurch, Shropshire SY13 3JQ

Dates:24 November 2023 – 8 January 2024

More: Further information about Real Ice Skating At Alderford.

Ice Skate Birmingham

Ice Skate Birmingham, located in Birmingham City Centre at Centenary Square, offers a covered festive ice skating experience in the heart of the city and right alongside the city’s Frankfurt Christmas Market!

Where: Ice Skate Birmingham, Centenary Square, Broad Street, B1 2ND

Dates: 2 November 2023 – 7 January 2024

More: Further information about Ice Skate Birmingham.

Winter Funland Birmingham

Included as part of your Winter Funland ticket, the real ice skating rink indoors at the NEC Birmingham is just one of an array of family-friendly festive entertainment on offer for this fun day out.

Where: NEC Birmingham, Birmingham, B40 1NT

Dates: 9 December 2023 – 1 January 2024

More: Further information about Christmas Ice Skating at Winter Funland Birmingham.

Santa’s Winter Wonderland at the Snowdome

The permanent ice rink at The Snowdome is given a Winter Wonderland makeover for the Christmas season. Ice skate at the heart of the wintry activity extravaganza with snow trail. Santa show and Christmas Village also to be explored.

Where: SnowDome, Leisure Island, River Drive, Tamworth, Staffordshire, B79 7ND

Dates: 11 November 2023 – 7 January 2024

More: Further information about Santa’s Winter Wonderland at the Snowdome.

Warwick Castle Open-Air Ice Rink

Warwick Castle’s east front plays host to a magical skating rink beneath Guy’s Tower, offering a festive ice skating experience as Christmas classics playing in the background.

Where: Warwick Castle, Warwick, Warwickshire, CV34 6AH

Dates: 25 November 2023 – 7 January 2024

More: Further information about Warwick Castle Open-Air Ice Rink.

West Midland Safari Skating

NEW FOR 2023!  Go glice-ing on West Midland Safari Park’s brand new eco-friendly Christmas ice-skating rink!  Festive fun for all the family!

Where: Safari Skating, West Midland Safari Park. Bewdley, Worcs, DY12 1LF

Dates: 24 November 2023 – 7 January 2024

More: Further information about West Midland Safari Skating.

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East Midlands

Looking for Christmas Ice Skating in Northamptonshire, Leicestershire, Rutland, Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire or Derbyshire?  We’ve gathered details of 3 Christmas Ice Rinks in the East Midlands for you to explore.

Derby Cathedral Quarter Ice Rink

Experience festive fun at Derby’s real ice rink in Market Place. Whether you’re a skating pro or just trying to stay upright, it’s a great way to get into the Christmas spirit. Enjoy hot chocolate or mulled wine afterward. The covered rink has a viewing area with twinkling lights and festive music. All ages and skill levels welcome, and skate hire is included in the prices.

Where: Derby Ice Rink, Market Place, Derby, DE1 3AH

Dates: 3 – 31 December 2023

More: Further information about Christmas Ice Skating at Derby Cathedral Quarter Ice Rink.

Winter Wonderland Nottingham

The centrepiece of Nottingham’s Winter Wonderland! Enjoy a glide across the ground level rick, or try the unique raised Sky Skate Ice Path for a bird’s eye view of the festivities.

Where: Winter Wonderland Nottingham, Old Market Square, Nottingham, NG1 2DT

Dates: 7 November – 31 December 2023

More: Further information about Winter Wonderland Nottingham.

Ferris wheel, Christmas tree & ice skating at Nottingham Winter Wonderland

Ice Skating Rink at Nottingham Winter Wonderland. Photo Credit: Nottingham Winter Wonderland

Ice Skating at Whilton Locks Winter Wonderland

Aptly the theme for the 2023 Christmas celebrations at Whilton Locks is Winter Wonderland! So head on down for some Christmas ice skating and enjoy the wintry fun! Those in need of a little extra help on the ice can select between penguins, seals, whales … and bananas!

Where: Whilton Locks, Whilton, Daventry, Northamptonshire. NN11 2NH

Dates: 17 November 2023 – 4 January 2024

More: Further information about Ice Skating at Whilton Locks Winter Wonderland.

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Yorkshire & The Humber

Looking for Christmas Ice Skating in North Lincolnshire, Yorkshire or York?  We’ve gathered details of 4 Festive Ice Rinks in Yorkshire & The Humber for you to explore.

Ice Cube Leeds

The Ice Cube at the Millennium Square in Leeds returns for another year.  So grab your skates and head onto the ice for some fabulous festive fun!

Where: Ice Cube, Millennium Square, Leeds, LS2 3AD

Dates: 24 November – 31 December 2023

More: Further information about the Ice Cube Leeds.

Stockeld Park Ice Skating

Just one of the many festive activities on offer at Stockeld Park, take a spin on the seasonal ice rink with family and friends. Or buy a package to enjoy all the events on offer including unlimited skating! Be sure to visit the Stockeld Park Illuminations as part of your day out.

Where: Stockeld Park Ice Skating, The Adventure Park, Stockeld Park, Wetherby, North Yorkshire, LS22 4AN

Dates: 18 November 2023 – 8 January 2024

More: Further information about Stockeld Park Ice Skating.

White Rose Ice Skating Rink

Returning for a second year, White Rose Shopping Centre’s covered real ice rink is brought to life using special rapid-freeze technology.  With quiet sessions, parent-and-toddler slots, and Friday Disco Nights, there’s something for everyone!

Where: White Rose Shopping Centre, Dewsbury Road, Leeds, LS11 8LU

Dates: 21 November 2023 – 7 January 2024

More: Further information about White Rose Ice Rink.

The Ice Factor at Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland in York offers a magical experience with an outdoor ice rink, funfair, Santa’s Grotto, and a cosy alpine café, The Chalet. The Ice Factor is the North of England’s largest outdoor ice rink with 975 sq m of real ice and a 30ft Christmas tree.

Where: Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland, York Designer Outlet, St Nicholas Ave, York YO19 4TA

Dates: 17 November 2023 – 7 January 2024

More: Further information about The Ice Factor at Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland.

North West England

Looking for Christmas Ice Skating in Cheshire, Lancashire, Cumbria, Merseyside or Manchester?  We’ve gathered details of 5 Christmas Ice Rinks in North West England for you to explore.

Christmas By The Sea, Blackpool

FREE ICE SKATING! In the shadows of Blackpool Tower, enjoy free skate hire for this outdoor ice rink. Warm up after skating in nearby log cabins with mulled wine and hot chocolate.

Where: The Promenade, Blackpool, FY1 4BJ

Dates: 17 November 2023 – 1 January 2024

More: Further information about Christmas By The Sea, Blackpool.

Christmas at Bolesworth Ice Skating Rink

240m2 of real ice welcome visitors at Christmas at Bolesworth as part of a plethora of fabulous festive entertainment. Take a spin on the ice with family and friends and make lasting memories.  Be sure to check out the fabulous Christmas Lights Trail in the castle grounds too!

Where: Bolesworth Castle, Old Coach Road, Tattenhall, Chester, CH3 9JJ

Dates: 24 November – 31 December 2023

More: Further information about Christmas at Bolesworth Ice Skating Rink.

Ice Rink at The Dunham Barn

SKATE Manchester welcomes everyone to their festive ice rink at Cathedral Gardens. Glide on the ice and enjoy the Christmas tree centrepiece, all while staying sheltered from unpredictable weather on this covered rink. It’s a great way to experience a winter wonderland on ice.

Where: Ice Rink at The Dunham Barn, Dog Farm, School Lane, Dunham Massey, Altrincham, WA14 4TR

Dates: TBC

More: Further information about Ice Rink at The Dunham Barn.

Lancaster On Ice

Lancaster on Ice is returning to Dalton Square for Christmas 2023! So pop on your skates and head out for a spin!

Where: Lancaster On Ice, Dalton Square, Lancaster, LA1 1PL

Dates: 25 November 2023 – 7 January 2024

More: Further information about Lancaster On Ice.

SKATE Manchester

SKATE Manchester welcomes everyone to their festive ice rink at Cathedral Gardens. Glide on the ice and enjoy the Christmas tree centrepiece, all while staying sheltered from unpredictable weather on this covered rink. It’s a great way to experience a winter wonderland on ice.

Where: SKATE Manchester, Cathedral Gardens, Manchester M4 3BG

Dates: 27 October 2023 – 2 January 2024

More: Further information about Christmas Ice Skating in Manchester at SKATE Manchester.

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North East England

Looking for Christmas Ice Skating in Durham, Teesside, Tyne & Wear or Northumberland?  We’ve gathered details of 4 Christmas Rinks in North East England for you to explore.

Bishop Auckland’s Christmas Town

An ice rink is just one of the fabulous festive offerings being planned for Bishop Auckland’s Christmas Town 2023. So head on down and enjoy the Christmas cheer!

Where: Market Place, Bishop Auckland, County Durham DL14 7NP

Dates: 24 – 26 November 2023

More: Further information about Bishop Auckland’s Christmas Town.

Ice Skating at Life Science Centre

Enjoy the holiday spirit at Life Science Centre’s open-air ice rink in Times Square. A perfect activity for family and friends, promising a winter wonderland experience.

Where: Life Science Centre, Times Square, Newcastle upon Tyne, NE1 4EP

Dates: 11 November 2023 – 7 January 2024

More: Further information about Christmas Ice Skating at Ice Skating at Life Science Centre.

Ocean Beach Pleasure Park Ice Skating

Join the celebrations at Ocean Beach for some Christmas Ice Skating on the Pleasure Park’s real ice rink. Arcades and festive food stalls will be available too.

Where: Ocean Beach Pleasure Park, Sea Road, South Shields, Tyne & Wear NE33 2LD

Dates: 8 December 2023 – 7 January 2024

More: Further information about Ocean Beach Pleasure Park Ice Skating.

Winter Wonderland Rainton Arena

The centrepiece of Rainton Arena’s Winter Wonderland, enjoy a magical Christmas Ice Skating experience with family and friends. Perfect for Date Night, Friendmas and Family Days Out!

Where: Winter Wonderland 2023, Rainton Arena, Mercantile Road, Houghton Le Spring, DH4 5PH

Dates: 24 November – 31 December 2023

More: Further information about Christmas Ice Skating at Winter Wonderland Rainton Arena.

Wales

We’ve gathered details of 4 Christmas Ice Skating Rinks in Wales in 2023 for you to explore.

Ice Skating Barry Island

Have fun on the ice at the iconic Barry Island Pleasure Park this Christmas!

Where: Barry Island Pleasure Park, Friars Road, Barry, CF62 5TR

Dates: TBC

More: Further information about Ice Skating Barry Island.

Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland

In the grounds of historic Cardiff Castle, enjoy an adventure on the ice with family and friends. Warm yourself with a trip to the Ice Bar once you’ve finished at the rink.

Where: Cardiff Castle Grounds, Cardiff, CF10 3RB

Dates: 16 November 2023 – 7 January 2024

More: Further information about Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland.

S K A T E at ICC Wales

Take a slide on S K A T E’s eco-friendly glice (synthetic ice) rink, perfect for all skill levels. Enjoy festive food and drinks at the rinkside stalls and find unique gifts at the Christmas market.

Where: S K A T E at ICC Wales, Coldra Woods, Newport, South Wales, NP18 1HQ

Dates: 15 December 2023 – 4 January 2024

More: Further information about S K A T E at ICC Wales.

Swansea Waterfront Winterland

Back for 2023, bigger and better than before. Enjoy a festive evening on the Swansea marina with Swansea Waterfront Winterland. Funfair attractions and the Alpine Village eateries ensure there’s plenty to do off the ice too!

Where: Swansea Waterfront Winterland, Museum Park, Oystermouth Road, Swansea. SA1 3RD

Dates: 15 November 2023 – 8 January 2024

More: Further information about Swansea Waterfront Winterland.

Scotland

We’ve gathered details of 5 Christmas Ice Skating Rinks in Scotland in 2023 for you to explore.

George Street Ice Rink Edinburgh

Glide your way along Edinburgh’s George Street at the Scottish’s capitals winter ice rink. Open all day and well into the evening there’s penguins available to help nervous children on their way.

Where: George St, Edinburgh EH2 4JN

Dates: TBC

More: Further information about George Street Ice Rink Edinburgh.

Edinburgh Zoo’s Rockhopper Rink

Get your skates on to join the fun at Edinburgh Zoo this Christmas!  The Rockhopper Rink offers iceless skating opportunities by day and night as part of the zoo’s festive entertainment programme.

Where: Edinburgh Zoo, 134 Corstorphine Road, Edinburgh EH12 6TS

Dates: 1 December 2023 – 7 January 2024

More: Further information about George Street Ice Rink Edinburgh.

M&D’s On Ice Motherwell

M&Ds Scotland’s Theme Park reopens its open-air ice rink, offering a family-friendly festive experience with skating, a Bavarian Bar, and rides.

Where: Strathclyde Country Park, Motherwell, Scotland ML1 3RT

Dates: 25 November – 24 December 2023

More: Further information about Christmas Ice Skating at M&D’s On Ice.

New Lanark Christmas Experience

NEW FOR 2023!  As well as a chance to meet the Big Man, New Lanark World Heritage Site is now offering its festive visitors the chance to take to the ice for an extra magical day out!

Where: New Lanark World Heritage Site, South Lanarkshire, Scotland, ML11 9DB

Dates: 24 November – 24 December 2023

More: Further information about New Lanark Christmas Experience.

Paisley’s Ice Rink

NEW FOR 2023!  In Paisley Town Centre’s festive celebrations this year, there’s a new attraction for 2023—an undercover outdoor ice rink, perfect for a family day out. Visitors can also enjoy a themed Bavarian bar, Christmas treats, and outdoor rides for all ages.

Where: Paisley’s Ice Rink, County Square, Paisley, Renfrewshire, PA3 2DA

Dates: 30 November – 30 December 2023

More: Further information about Paisley’s Ice Rink.

Northern Ireland

At present we are not aware of any seasonal Christmas Ice Skating Rinks in Northern Ireland.  Please get in contact if you know of a rink we should be sharing.

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