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Visiting an ice skating rink is fast becoming part of the Christmas festivities - the popularity of Christmas skating just seems to keep growing every year.
You can skate next to some of the UK's most historic buildings and glide by an iconic landmark, salchow in a shopping centre or even pivot by a Pavillion.
Here are the best places around the UK where you can go to skate this Christmas - so wrap up warm and get your skates on!
The Royal Pavilion Ice Rink once again hosts it's popular Ice Rink in the grounds of Brighton's magnificent pavillion. Penguin Skate Aids are available for kids under 1.3m and skate hire is included.
Romantic and child-friendly, when you have finished skating you can visit the rinkside Bar & Kitchen for beautiful food and drinks whether you want a snack, lunch or dinner.
Winchester Cathedral Ice Rink this year runs from at the foot of the Cathedral in the historic Inner Close. You will dodge the rain as the rink has a clear roof and open-air sides continues to offer great views of the Cathedral and the unique experience of ice skating in this incredible setting.
This year there will be a giant Christmas tree at the centre of the ice. Skate hire is included and childrens skate aids are also available.
Winterville was the first ever Ice Rink on Clapham Common in 2017, and it is back again for 2019. The Winterville Ice Rink is your chance to glide across the Common, while having the time of your life.
There is so much more to Winterville than just skating - there is also a host of other events, including music, theatre, a circus show, DJs, comedy as well as a market filled with creations from independent designers and various themed bars.
Of course there is plenty of places to refuel after all that exercise, with street food stalls galore and the festive atmosphere ncludes non-stop Christmas hits!
Somerset House Ice Rink lets you skate beneath the stars as Somerset House ice rink celebrates its 11th birthday. Choose from open sessions, kids specials, club nights or learn the basics at Skate School. Or shop at Fortum's Arcade then eat at Fortnum's Lodge.
Last year's popular Skate Lates are returning this Christmas, wiith a specially curated programme of music nights throughout the season - the perfect start to your weekend.
The North Pole at Parker's Piece is a contemporary ice rink on Parker's Piece in the centre of Cambridge, with a clear polygon roof and surrounded by bars and stalls.
Glide in style around the glistening 600m open-air ice rink and enjoy a fun array of traditional & exhilarating rides and interactive side stalls. Skate hire is included.
After you’ve taken to the ice, sit back and delight in the stunning views from the 32 metres high Big Wheel.
The hugely popular Windsor Ice Rink returns to the historic Alexandra Gardens next to the river Thames this year.
A host of family festive attractions including the UK's biggest Dodgems. With a large main covered rink and a smaller open air rink there is something for skaters of all levels of experience, along with fairground rides, bar and cafe, all within site of Windsor's historic castle.
While you are in Windsor you could make a day of it with these 10 Free Things To Do In Windsor - some of them are right next door to the ice rink!
York Ice Rink - The Ice Factor returns this year to York Designer Outlet. The ice rink is just the centre piece of Yorkshire’s Winter Wonderland surrounded by a festive market and traditional fair rides.
With a 30ft high Christmas tree at it's centre, the rink is Yorkshire's largest outdoor ice rink and there is a bar and cafe where you can warm up after you have skated.
Skate at the Tower of London and take in the magical ambience of the fortress beside the Thames. This open-air ice rink epitomises the very best in festive fun with a licenced bar, and cafe where you can relax with a hot chocolate or a coffee.
Skate hire is included in your ticket.
Tunbridge Wells Ice Rink this year can be found in Calvery Grounds next to the Assembly Hall Theatre in Tunbridge Wells.
Skate in an open-air real ice rink with a bar & cafe where you can warm up and refuel after a skating.
There is a programme of events at this ice rink including music, story telling and Christmas wreath-making workshops.
At the historic Hampton Court Palace you can skate against a backdrop of one of the greatest palaces on earth – Henry VIII's home, Hampton Court Palace which bosts one of the longest established open-air ice rinks.
The rink epitomises the very best in festive fun with skate aids available and a cafe bar on site too. Be transported to one of the country's most scenic skating settings, with spectacular views of the Thames-side Tudor palace.
Last updated 19th September 2019
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