There is nothing that gets you in the festive mood quite like some family ice skating. Whether you’re a pro skater or simply prefer to sip mulled wine and look on in amusement, these festive ice rinks will be sure to get you into the Christmas spirit.
Booking.com, the online accommodation booking website, has rounded up some of its favourites – all open right now – along with places to stay nearby in case you want to make an (over)night of it!
Natural History Museum, London
Set against the gorgeous backdrop of the Natural History Museum, this open air ice skating rink (see main pic, above) is a firm favourite for the whole family. Take the chance to look around the incredible exhibitions before putting yourself and your family on ice for certified hilarity. The Cheval Harrington Court apartments are only a five minute walk from the Natural History Museum, so you can soon be back in your warm, luxury apartment debating over who was the best skater!
Royal Pavilion, Brighton
This year, discover why Brighton is a top destination for families and friends all year round. Often regarded as one of the most beautiful outdoor skating rinks in the South East, the Royal Pavilion in Brighton is the perfect setting for an outdoor skating adventure. Located just around the corner is The Griffin Guest House offering quirky, 4-star accommodation. Why not take a Christmas shopping trip down the Laines while you’re there?
Winchester Cathedral, Winchester
Winchester Cathedral is one of the largest cathedrals in Europe and with its beautiful, Gothic architecture is the perfect backdrop for a wintery Christmas skate. This is the 10th anniversary of the rink and they’ve even added in a glass roof so you can get your skates on come rain or shine. Try Hannah’s for B&B accommodation, only a short walk from the cathedral itself. Rated 9.8 from guest reviews, you’re sure to have a relaxing and peaceful stay!
London Winter Wonderland
The ultimate destination for all things Christmas, London’s Winter Wonderland in Hyde Park offers everything from a Bavarian beer garden, market stalls, circus attractions and of course, an open-air ice skating rink. With live music from the bandstand and a fluttering of fairy lights, nothing else will make you feel quite as Christmassy as a trip here. Only 350 yards from Hyde Park, 9 Hertford Street Apartments ensure you can wander back to your beautiful self-catered apartment full of Christmas cheer in no time.
St Andrew Square, Edinburgh
This year, Edinburgh is going all out for Christmas with a Scottish Market at George Street, a European Christmas Market in Princes Street Gardens and a large, open air ice skating rink in St Andrew Square. Make the most of visiting all three by staying at the large, modern apartments at Destiny Scotland St Andrew Square with their great, central location.
So that’s some ideas from booking.com. Let us know about your favourite ice rinks around the UK, too!