Where to go ice skating this Christmas

Written by Chloe Penn

The perfect winter family activity is here,
We’ve got a mega list so you can find one near!
Get ready for the ultimate ice skating fun,
The wintry nights and festivities  have just begun.

Natural History Museum Ice Rink

So, you’re looking for the best ice rinks across the UK this Christmas? Well, you’ve come to the right place!

Whether you want to skate with your friends, family, partner, or on your own, this guide will cover the best winter wonderlands for you to get your skates on and enjoy a glide around the rinks under the beautiful Christmas lights.


Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Hyde Park, London
17th November – 1st January

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland Ice Rink UK

The huge Winter Wonderland at London’s Hyde Park lived up to the high expectations! Boasting the largest ice skating rink in the UK, it is designed for families and friends to glide under the twinkling lights. Perfect for little ones, this amazing attraction gets even more spectacular after dark with festive rides and family activities! Find out more here.

Canary Wharf ice rink

Canada Square, London
21st October – 24th February

Canary Wharf Ice Rink

Making its grand return, the Canary Wharf ice rink is an excellent experience for any ice skating lover! Running for 18 weeks, Canary Wharf is London’s longest-running rink. Plus, Canary Wharf’s ice rink features a roof, so you can be sure to skate no matter the weather conditions! Dance under the skyscrapers with this festive hotspot. Find out more here.

Glide ice rink at Battersea Power Station

Circus Road, London
10th November – 7th January

Battersea Power Station Ice Rink UK

Take a look at the brand-new ice rink at Battersea Power Station! Open this winter, prepare to glide around the 30 feet-tall Christmas tree on 3 interlinked ice rinks. This wonderful skate rink features the iconic power station on one side and the River Thames on the other! Find out more here.

Skate at Somerset House ice rink

Strand, London
15th November – 4th January

Somerset House Ice Rink UK

Somerset House is back in 2023 and it promises a bigger skate space this year! Located in Fountain Court, things are often kept thrilling at this ice rink with DJ sets on selected evenings. Throw your skates on and get ready to glide around the insta-famous, 40 feet-tall Christmas tree! Check out more info here.

The South

Christmas Tree Wonderland ice rink in Bournemouth

Lower Gardens, Bournemouth
17th November – 1st January

Bournemouth Ice Rink UK

Whether you’re a complete beginner or a champion ice skater, Bournemouth’s Christmas Tree Wonderland ice rink offers a host of festive euphoria! Held underneath the beautiful canopies of Bournemouth’s lower gardens, glide across the rink as the town comes to life with dazzling lights and festive fun. Find out more here.

Brighton Royal Pavilion’s ice rink

The Royal Pavilion, Brighton
28th October – 7th January

Royal Pavilion Ice Rink

Celebrate Christmas this year with the spectacular ice rink at the Brighton Royal Pavilion! The rink is bigger than ever this year leaving you with plenty of room to skate around and enjoy the winter air. Are you a beginner skater? This might be the best rink for you, featuring a separate beginners’ rink with penguin skate aids, this is the ideal place for younger children. Find out more here.

The Eden Project ice rink

Bodelva, Par
14th October – February 2024

Eden Project Ice Rink UK

The glittering ice rink is back at The Eden Project! This excellent indoor experience features 2 sessions for you to choose from. If you’re looking for a general ice skating experience, there is a 40-minute option available for skaters of any age and ability. The Eden Project also caters to families with their family fun skating experience, this is aimed at parents with young children and includes free use of the skating aids. Find out more here.

The Midlands

Ice Skate Birmingham

Centenary Sq, Broad St
3rd November – 8th January

Ice Skate Birmingham

Located in Centenary Square in Birmingham, this incredible attraction is the largest, all-inclusive, undercover ice rink in the city! Year after year, Ice Skate Birmingham has been voted one of the best outdoor skating rinks in the UK. The weather in the UK can be unpredictable, that’s why Ice Skate Birmingham will be completely weatherproof meaning that you can skate to your heart’s delight in all weather conditions! Find out more here.

Warwick Castle ice rink

Warwick Castle
25th November – 7th January

Warwick Castle Ice Rink UK

Watch as this historical landmark transforms into a festive wonderland for 2023! Warwick Castle’s ice rink is located right underneath the magnificent Guy’s Tower. Experience the festivity and glide around with the sound of your favourite Christmas classics! Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a complete novice, Warwick Castle welcomes people of all skill levels. Find out more here.

The North

Skate Manchester

Cathedral Gardens, Manchester
27th October – 2nd January

Skate Manchester

The sound of skates and your favourite Christmas tunes are what’s on offer at Skate Manchester! It’s the most wonderful time of the year again and Skate Manchester welcomes you to their spectacular ice rink in the heart of Cathedral Gardens. This year features a brand-new ice path allowing you to skate around their beautiful Christmas tree. Take a look here.

Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland

St Nicholas Avenue, Fulford
17th November – 7th January

Yorkshire's Winter Wonderland Ice Rink

If you live in the North of the UK, what better place to go ice skating than the North of England’s largest and best-loved outdoor ice rink! Show off your skating talents around this huge rink with illuminated trees all around you. Perfect for people of all skill levels, penguin aids are available to help younger skaters get started on the ice. Find out more here.

Ice Cube 2023 in Leeds

Millennium Square, Leeds
24th November – 31st December

Ice Cube 2022 Ice Rink

Glide your way into Christmas this year at the return of Ice Cube 2023 in Leeds! Enjoy an outdoor festive experience on the ice no matter the weather, welcoming all skill levels the Ice Cube hosts the Penguin Club which offers parents and younger children ice skating sessions in a safe and fun environment! Find out more here.


Elfingrove winter festival

Glasgow, Scotland
24th November – 3rd January

Elfingrove Ice Rink

Glasgow’s fan-favourite winter festival is returning for 2023! Elfingrove features the country’s largest outdoor ice rink in the city for the festive season and all families are welcome! Take a glide around this gorgeous ice rink whilst marvelling at the starry night and stunning snowy light show. Find out more here.

Ice rinks in Ireland

Dundrum on ice

Dundrum Town Centre
27th October – 28th January

Dundrum on Ice

Check out the popular ice rink in Dundrum Town Centre, Ireland. There is so much on offer here including a beautifully spacious ice rink, delicious food, and incredible music! Dundrum on Ice welcomes skaters of all skill-levels to enjoy the experience. Find out more here.

Ice rinks in Wales

Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland

City Hall Lawn, Cardiff
16th November – 7th January

Cardiff's Winter Wonderland

Cardiff’s Winter Wonderland is back and it promises to be bigger and better than ever before! Join in the festive fun with so many fun family-friendly attractions including a wonderful ice rink, funfair activities, ice bars, and delicious food stalls. Welcoming families of all ages and abilities, check out more here.

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