Ice Skating in London at Christmas

Ice Skating in London at Christmas

We’re almost there: Christmas is quickly approaching! As usual, it’s time for some holiday cheer, special times with family, and lots of holiday fun. Winter fun includes pop-up ice skating rinks that add seasonal flair to the heart of our communities! 

Ice skating has been practised for thousands of years. In reality, according to research from the University of Oxford, it dates back to 4000 years ago, when people used polished animal bones for skates instead of the metal blades we know today.

All Londoners understand that the appearance of ice rinks signals the arrival of Christmas. They evoke images of hot chocolate and nights in front of an open fire. That’s presumably why ice rinks appear just during the holidays; no one goes ice skating in the summer. 

Ice Skating in London over the Christmas season is a must-do British institution. Here are some of the best ice rinks in London where you can skate, slide, and laugh with your family, friends, or even just the two of you, whether in a tent or in the open air. 

Somerset House ice rink

Somerset House’s collaboration with Moët  & Chandon last year appears to have been fruitful, as it was renewed this year. As is customary, the ice rink is packed with pop-ups, music events, and other delightful surprises. 

Those in the courtyard may warm themselves with delicious hot chocolate and some other sweet treats available at the Hotel Chocolat pop-up store. Jimmy Garcia’s Chalet Suisse, a place to hang out after skating that was made in partnership with the Switzerland Tourism Board, might be the best place to eat in the arena.

Somerset House’s ice rink is open during the day and evening, with special music events known as “Skate Latest” on select nights. Adult skate tickets cost between £10 and £22. Children’s fees range from £7.50 to £11.

Canary Warf Canada Square Park

Unlike many rinks, which turn to water in early January, Canary Warf’s Canada Square Park Ice Rink will remain open until February 25. The makeshift ice rink is 25 m by 45 m in size. This gives around 1000 square metres of skating space, which can accommodate 350 skaters at the same time.

In the summer, the Grandstand Bar is set up in Canada Square Park, and now it returns beside the ice rink. Summer beverages are substituted with hot chocolate and mulled wine, and entry to the bar is neither ticketed or restricted to skaters.

With the unpredictable UK weather, keeping temporary ice rinks cold enough may be difficult, but the innovative setup harnesses waste energy from the chillers that keep the ice cool to keep people warm in the bar and changing facilities!

Adult tickets cost £19.95, while children aged 4 to 12 pay £14.95 to skate.

Skylight Tobacco Dock

Skylight Tobacco Dock is the first rooftop ice skating rink in Europe! There are things to do for everyone, from eating and drinking delicious alpine food and drinks to staying in a warm igloo. entry

In addition, the views from Skylight are some of the greatest in London, making this a lovely wintry experience to share. 

The ice rink is open Mondays through Sundays until December 30th from 12 p.m. to 10 p.m. (the last entrance to the rink is at 8 p.m.). 

The age requirement for this venue is 18 or older with a valid ID. The price of an ice skating package for two amounts to £54.00.

Alexandra Palace

While Alexandra Palace is a year-round staple in London’s ice rink scene, there are many reasons to select “Ally Pally” as your seasonal skating destination. 

Between November 28 and January 8, the ice rink will be transformed into a seasonal wonderland, complete with mulled wine, Bailey’s hot chocolate, and mince pies to eat between spins around the rink. On some nights, it also converts into a disco dance floor, allowing you to shout out some bangers while you glide around the ancient hall.

Prices range from £6.50 to £10.00, and the ice rink is open from 11:30 to 17:30 Monday through Friday and 11:30 to 16:30 on Saturdays and Sundays.

Hyde Park Winter Wonderland

Winter Wonderland is a one-stop shop for Christmas entertainment, with over 200 rides, attractions, games, and food and beverage options. An ideal day at Winter Wonderland is spent jumping from the dodgems to the mulled wine stations, but before we get into the highlights, a word about those tickets. Timed tickets will be used during the event, just like in 2021, to help control the number of people who come and give guests the best experience possible.

Hyde Park, Winter Wonderland ice skating rink is suitable for people of all ages and is an excellent way to start your Winter Wonderland adventure for first dates, play dates, and best friends. You may skate from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily under a canopy of twinkling lights constructed around the historic Victorian bandstand. Ice skating sessions are held every hour. Each session of ice skating lasts 50 minutes.

Adult tickets to this ice rink cost between £10.50 and £15.00, and other packages and options exist. 

Queen's House Ice Rink

The Queen’s House Ice Rink is located in a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is surrounded by well-known structures. To the south, you can see Greenwich Park, and to the north, you can see the lights of Canary Wharf. These are some of London’s most beautiful views. The ice rink is a 12-minute train ride from London Bridge or a 20-minute boat ride from Tower Pier in central London. The Queen’s House Ice Rink is not to be missed, with various booths, including the all-important seasonal hot chocolate.  

Starting from Thursday, November 17th, the ice rink is open every day except Christmas Day. Entry prices range from £16.00 to £19.00, with additional options for children.     

Streatham Ice and Leisure Centre

Streatham Ice and Leisure Centre, which is part of the Streatham Hub, brings ice skating back to Streatham with an Olympic-sized rink (the only one in London!).

In addition to the ice rink, there is a multi-use leisure centre with a 100-station fully equipped modern gym, group exercise studios, two swimming pools (a 25-metre 6-lane pool and a 13-metre teaching pool), and a multi-sport sports hall. This world-class facility combines the community’s skating rink and recreation centre. They offer a variety of membership options, including pre-paid and pay-as-you-go. Their highly skilled teachers can also teach you to swim and skate. 

In conclusion

The winter months are ideal for ice skating, especially if you’ve been cooped up in the house for too many days. With the numerous available ice rinks in London, you have a vast choice of venues that cater to your wishes. Ice skating is a wonderful pastime that the entire family can enjoy. All skill levels are welcome, whether you’re new to skating or a seasoned pro. You only need to rent a pair of skates to get started.

Even if you don’t skate immediately next to one another, you’ll spend quality time together on the ice. Aside from being a fun pastime for the whole family, ice skating is also a novel and healthy way to get some physical activity. Exchange some of your sofa or TV time for some ice time. You will get some exercise for your heart and lungs and work on skills like balance and coordination.

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