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Christmas ice skating in Manchester

Date Posted: 17/12/14

Christmas ice skating in Manchester

There's a nip in the air alongside the festive cheer, and Manchester is taking advantage of the atmosphere with a plethora of ice rinks that are certain to bring a certain degree of warmth into everyone's hearts. Whether you're looking to get out and about this weekend or simply fancy a break from the Christmas shopping, here are the places where you can skim about on the ice.

Spinningfields Ice Rink

Everyone knows Spinningfields, located in the heart of Manchester and among the city's plethora of Christmas markets. A family day out in Manchester is incomplete without a visit, while those seeking the perfect romantic date or even just a night out with friends are also likely to find what they need. An onsite bar and overall festive atmosphere completes this thoroughly enjoyable day out.


One of Manchester's premiere tourist attractions is utterly transformed into a magical wonderland, with a plethora of attractions to keep everyone happy. High on the list is the calendar of events and activities which range from live music to family-friendly skating. If your little ones want to take to the ice, they can do so with the help of an instructor, or if you're confident enough to supervise them yourself, you can do so. This festive scene is guaranteed to get even the biggest Scrooge into the Christmas spirit.

intu Trafford Centre

Selfridges is once again spoiling us with its festive ice rink, located on the lawn just outside the intu Trafford store. Soaring around on your own twin skates, watching parents coming in and out of the store with Christmas presents, is likely to get you in the mood for doing some of your own gift-procuring. If there are any party-poopers who aren't interested in joining you on the ice, feel free to direct them to the nearby outdoor seating area where they can pick up a hot chocolate and enjoy endless entertainment watching you falling over time and again. Marvellous fun.

Bolton Winter Wonderland

Those venturing outside of Manchester to the town of Bolton - if you do one thing in this town, make sure you visit the Winter Wonderland. Sundays are particularly special for families as special skating sessions for all ages are held. But once you're tired of falling over and mastering the art of staying upright, you also have the opportunity to visit the rest of the attractions, which are an absolute treat. Plenty to do here for all ages!

Tameside Ice Rink

Thirty traditional wooden Christmas cabin stalls, selling everything you could possibly dream of for the festive season. A splendid ferris wheel offering birdseye views over the city. Entertainment. Special events. And to top it all, a great splendid ice rink of extraordinary proportions that glistens invitingly, urging you to strap on some skates and give it a go. Even if you've never tried the sport, this is a fantastic place to lose your ice skating virginity.

So what are you waiting for? If one of these lovely destinations doesn't grab you, then you need your head looking at. Get Christmas started in Manchester.

Posted by Vikki Stathers

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